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In Bulgaria it is difficult to openly and visibly engage with disadvantaged children and families.
It is difficult to be totally transparent about difficulties they face and to create public awareness of their needs and aspirations.

From 20.06.2022 to 25.06.2022, Natalia, Kaloyan, Feidan and Sasho, accompanied by five staff members, were on a summer camp in the seaside village of Tyulenovo, Shabla municipality.

Times change, people, policies, wars are fought and hardly anyone feels certain about anything. But the kind villagers always make us feel welcome and the youngsters truly love being at the seaside. Feeling the sea waves splashing, Feidan smiled and parted with them with difficulty. Natalya, on the other…

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THE PROJECT

 Analytical perspective

Can the voice of those who are vulnerable be captured so as to improve the community awareness of childcare practitioners and, over time, draw attention to issues that have regional or national significance?

We have devised and tested a user-friendly tool and, having seen the emergence of themes and patterns. We believe it shows promise. Practitioners and government agencies have responded favourably.

Professional awareness

Can listening to the personal stories of their clients impact meaningfully…

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On the occasion of June 1, the children in the Social Services Complex were visited by a high school student who gave a gift to each child. Additionally, the special guest was Pippi Longstocking. The sounds of children’s songs and laughter were accompanied by boisterous games, dances, awards and gypsy wheels. 💃🤸🕺 Every child left with loads of positive emotions, a bag of treats and many memories! 🥳 For the finale, Pippi had prepared a modest cake with icing inscribed…

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On the eve of one of the brightest Christian holidays, Easter, Dr. Petya Kashukeva, Mr. Kamen Filipov and Mr. Nikolay Nikolov, made a generous donation for the needs of the young clients who have a multitude of special needs, donating a treadmill, baby baskets, bodysuits, leggings, diapers, vegetables, meat and fruit purees, adapted milk, porridge, laundry detergents. On behalf of Equilibrium and the children we express our heartfelt gratitude.

 

According to Finnish professor Mirjam Kalland a child “demands continuity, stability and recurring routines”. Kelland provides a recipe for the professional support by claiming that “we can support the health of individual children and families with very ordinary things, with the ‘magic of the ordinary’”. (Source: ‘Family centre in the Nordic countries – a meeting point for children and families’, Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen 2012).

As the volume of Equilibrium’s encounters with Ukrainian mothers with young children increases,…

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On 18th March, A forum was held in Ruse as an undertaking of the municipal authority – “Social Policies – New Opportunities, New Responsibilities for Development of the Regional Potential for Economic Social Social Services and Social Innovation”.

Official guests included the Minister of Labour and Social Policy Mr. Goekov, Deputy Secret Ministry Minister Mr. Krastev, Mr. Milkov – Mayor of Ruse Municipality, representatives of the Agency for Social Assistance and the Agency for the Quality…

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Bulgaria’s first Early Childhood and Family Resource Centre (“family centre” for short) is an award-winning facility that was opened in 2017 in the city of Ruse. It is wholly owned and operated by Equilibrium.

It operates as an informal meeting place for families with young children (those under 7) and offers a combination of first-class facilities and access to a team of professionals skilled in early years’ care and family counseling.

The family centre is available to Ukrainian mothers and…

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Heartfelt thanks to the whole team of Vitte Automotive who have provided the young clents of the Ruse complex with a fantastic punching bag and ball pump for the gymnasium and handset, microphone, camera and stationery that helps with our distance learning programme and creative workshops.

Best wishes from the whole EQ team!

 

 

We offer our sincere thanks to the Ruse artist Ognyan Balkandzhiev who coached a young client from the social services context. Under his tutelage, her talent has emerged.

While working with our team it had become clear that Nadia’s love of art could develop into something special if she was given the right encouragement and gently pushed to do her best.

Ognian has kindly provided professional standard paint brushes and paper to help Nadia on her creative journey.

We are…

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