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If the young residents of the two small-group homes could talk for on their own behalf and on the part of the care teams, they would tell you a 10-year story filled with many difficulties, but also much love; many challenges, but also many successes; many changes that stressed them, but also much care that calmed them, many crises, but also much hope and concerted efforts to make them happy.

Ten years ago, to the day, on 14.05.2014, they stepped… Continue reading

David Bisset participated in a conference held at the University of Bucharest on 22nd & 23rd April, 2024. Indeed, he gave a short presentation showcasing aspects of Equilibrium’s work and, specifically, the way that the methods and techniques used during the project ‘The Voice of Adversity’ represented the creative adaptation of a variety of models encountered over a period of almost 15 years. The Ruse family centre acted as an “incubator” for the development of ideas.

The Bucharest conference was… Continue reading

The family-type accommodation centres “Hope” and “Love” were created under the project “Our children are our responsibility – opening a complex of residential services for children and youth with disabilities” undertaken by Ruse Municipality. Equilibrium has managed the two facilities since the outset.

In the two facilities we provide permanent care of young men and women with severe disabilities who were removed from large, residential institutions for children and young people with mental retardation which were located in remote villages,… Continue reading

The service provides temporary accommodation in a safe environment for a maximum of 4 children who are victims of domestic violence, victims of trafficking, or in a crisis situation. The facility is located in a wing of the Social Services Complex and provides the necessary conditions for children to live in a family-like environment. It provides 24-hour care and a team of professionals who work with the children to overcome their trauma and develop the resilience needed to be reintegrated… Continue reading

The beginning of the spring break – 01.04.2024 – for the children started with fitness – challenges, outdoor games, and lunch in a restaurant.

 In the afternoon, they visited one of the major symbols of the city – the Fleet Tower. A long-time employee showed the children around the hydrometeorological station, introducing them to its history and the instruments for meteorological observations – barometer, rain gauge, thermometer, wind gauge, etc. The children also had the opportunity to see the… Continue reading

This was a year of self-examination and re-calibration.

As a provider of social services, EQ had to adapt to a newly imposed operational framework that should render service provision more rational and efficient from an operational perspective. The changes aren’t wholly unwelcome (the Bulgarian government was reacting to genuine and significant anomalies), but their introduction was hurried and, inevitably, there were “teething troubles”.

During the year, EQ released an online publication – ‘Voice of Adversity: Helping Disadvantaged People to Speak… Continue reading

The year 2022 was quiet by EQ’s normal standards but it provided us with the opportunity to take a long, hard look at ourselves and, in particular, the way in which we engage with our clientele as a provider of social services and the proprietor of Bulgaria’s only family centre catering for parents with children at preschool age.

In 2017, the Child Protection Hub for Southeast Europe published a series of country reports under the banner – ‘Reviewing Existing Quality… Continue reading

In the winter of 2021, the Velux Foundation published the fourth volume in its series ‘Making Systemic Change Work’. The title of the publication is ‘Deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria’, and the book was produced by a team from EQ – author: David Bisset, consultant: Galina Bisset and editor: Lora Sarkisyan.

Deinstitutionalization is defined as “the complex and multi-faceted process of departing from a care system that relies heavily on large, residential institutions for children and moving towards a modern system that… Continue reading

EQ in 2020

There is ability in every disability. 

What happens when you close your eyes and rely only on your sense of touch?

We asked this question in the context of a film produced in July, 2020 (Link: https://eq-bg.org/en/to-feel-the-bridge-over-the-danube/)

The film shows activities from a series of “tactile workshops” hosted by EQ and Ruse’s regional history museum.

What is a tactile workshop?

We invited participants to explore a variety of objects through the medium of touch while… Continue reading

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