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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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It has become a tradition for the young clients of those services in Byala managed by Equilibrium to provide friends and supporters with martenitsi. Among the recipients were mayor, Mr. Slavov and head of child protection, Violeta Yordanova. Representatives of the police, local businesses and the general public also received tokens for March 1st, Baba Marta from Reni and Sevi from the small-group home.

Well done girls and Happy Baba Marta!

 

An Equilibrium gratitude certificate and an icon of the Holy Virgin were presented to the director of the Julia Vrevska clinic in Byala, Dimitar Dimitrov and medics from the local hospital. They were presented on behalf of the local centre for social rehabilitation and reintegration and the small-group home both managed by Equilibrium.

Equilibrium personnel thanked Pavlina Georgieva who heads the Julia Vrevska clinic for the care and treatment provided to the youngsters from the small-group home.

The hospital director…

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Families and local businesses made the Christmas and New Year holidays for the three services of the Social Services for Children and Families even more complete and joyful!

Clients received gifts thanks to “Operation: Teddy Bear” and from their peers from two Russian schools – Suse “Konstantin Kiril Philosoph” and Supridh “Friedrich Schiller “. Through the National Children’s Network, the Magic campaign has been implemented. Give a book to a child, “and every child received a book…

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To aid the brightest of Christmas celebrations, Santa Claus dropped in to the Ruse centre for working with street children. It soon became apparent that he needed the help of parents and children because Rudolf had got himself stuck in the snow. Guitar music helped him stay calm while two teams set about the rescue mission. Father Christmas and his three helpers – Snow White, Snowflake and Jujanka were welcomed by the children and the service team although there were…

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Angels of Bulgaria, a charity, founded by Bulgarians living in the UK, donated 8300 BGN to Equilibrium. The purpose of the donation is to help needy families especially in the days before the bright Christmas holidays.

We distributed the money after analyzing the needs of each family. Many were users of the organization’s social services in Ruse and Byala but some families were simply seeking support. With 3000 BGN, food products were purchased for 50…

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Link: https://www.epaper.dk/velux01/mscw_deinstitutio_wp2021/?fbclid=IwAR0t7DcPtXveHiqvrcrTb-qSkBKoj3ZxdPbI1GqyvPBOEXmp35dZhYZ49m0

The Velux Foundations (Denmark) have invested generously in Bulgaria in the context of their programme ‘Social Initiatives – International’. In the winter of 2020, EQ’s David Bisset was invited to contribute to the organization’s series of publications on the subject of systemic change. The book – Deinstitutionalization in Bulgaria: Making Systemic Change Work – is the result of the Danish / Bulgarian cooperation. Reference is also made to parallel undertakings in Romania and Moldova.

It was a daunting…

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