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On the eve of Christmas, Equilibrium instituted the Temple of Play Award. The first was presented at an impromptu celebration to United Sunshine Children’s Services for creating a beautiful sensory room for children with disabilities and a sensory garden that have transformed the spaces in the services and will bring many positive emotions to the children, and help with their sensory stimulation. The sensory room was made possible thanks to the generosity of the Lions Clubs in Ruse and the…

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  1. Equilibrium is a member and co-founder of the Childhood 2025 Coalition, whose main role is in the process of deinstitutionalization. Due to our active role in the Coalition, we have submitted numerous submissions to various governments over the years, some of which have managed to influence various policies. Example: there was a decision to move children and young people out of the family-type accommodation centresso as to re-profile the different facilities (this was a change in the regulation for implementation…

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On December 1st and 2nd, a workshop was held in Sofia on the topic “Opportunities and barriers to parental activism in Bulgaria”. The meeting was initiated by Tanya’s Dreams Fund and organized by the Civic Initiatives Workshop Foundation(CIWF). The donor has shown interest in supporting a long-term national programme to increase the capacity and build a movement of organizations and individuals practicing parent activism. CIWF currently facilitates a process of consultation and joint planning of the programme …

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Training on the topic “Human Management” was conducted by the Equilibrium management for the team of social services that the organization manages. The training took place over the courseof  two days and contained elements of team building.

The services that the organization manages present constant challenges and, despite the long experience of those who manager the various deparments, there is a need for reflection on personal and group performance. This skill development coincides with the…

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The sensory room was opened today (04.11.2022) in the Integrated Children’s Services run by Equilibrium.

“We have long dreamed of such a sensory room, and it turned into reality thanks to the four Lions Clubs in Ruse,” said Milena Nedelcheva, director of the centre.

The room is essential and important in working with over 50 children with disabilities in the day centre. It allows children who have sensory disorders and experience difficulties in accepting information…

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The Equilibrium team and the Social Services Complex for Children and Families – Ruse once again expresses its huge thanks to the students and staff of the Frederick Schiller School for their donation of food for children who are not currently raised by their parents, as well as families who are having difficulty meeting the needs of their children. The noble gesture is a continuation of the annual initiative of the Youth Parliament at the school linked to International…

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Yesterday – October 25 – an innovative playground was opened in the Kindergarten “Brothers Grimm” in Sofia under the project “Reform of Early Children’s Education in Eastern Europe – Bulgaria”. Equilibrium works in in partnership with VIA University College, Denmark and the project is funded by the Villum Foundation, Denmark. The project started in January 2019 and, yesterday, was its symbolic end. However, it represents a new bold start for the children, parents and educators and…

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We accept 2005 as a turning point not only for us, but also for the child protection system in Bulgaria. Until then, the country had, as social services, only a few daycare centres for children with disabilities. Then, under a project of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, funded by the World Bank, 10 complexes for social services for children and families  were launched. The project „ Reform for improving the well-being…

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The final external evaluation of the Voice of Adversity Project was carried out in the period June-August 2022, with the participation of the Equilibrium Association team, heads of partner organizations in five pilot districts of the country (Vidin, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia and Shumen), mentors and people whose voices are heard – children, youth and parents involved in the project due to the need for support from the child protection system, social services and programs. A team of…

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