Ruse Complex News
The Ruse Centre for Social Support has a tradition of staging children’s events on 1st June which is, of course, the International Day of the Child.
This year, we felt like doing something slightly different by extending the duration of the activities and throwing the doors of the facility open so that children from the neighbourhood could participate. This proved especially valuable for mums on what turned out to be a rather cold and miserable day.
On May 14, 2010 a group of 13 professionals from the centre for public support in Novi Pazar, visited the complex for social services for children and families in Rousse.
The service provider in Novi Pazar is the association – SOS women and children victims of violence, whose primary purpose is to create conditions for easing the lifes of families (formal and informal) who get into difficulties (crisis situation or risk).
In February 2010 the Ruse complex hosted a visit by six guests representing organizations that are collaborating in the creation of a family-type home in Novo Selo, near the city of Vidin in northwest Bulgaria.
Members of the local authority were accompanied by partners from two non-profit organizations – “Equal opportunities for children at risk” (Novo Selo) and the Free youth centre in Vidin. The visit took place within the terms of a joint project – “Securing a better future…
On a monthly basis, members of the team at the complex meet with representatives of the city’s educational community – teachers, educational psychologists and pedagogical advisors.
This ‘resource group’ provides a very important interface between the two disciplines of social welfare and education. Significant issues are discussed and know-how is transferred.
On Friday, 30th October, 2009, the staff at the complex donned ghoulish costumes and entertained our young clients in a Halloween celebration.
The event was compered by Terrible AnTionetta (Toni – our art therapist) a cheerful witch. She greeted the special guests from Romania, Count Dracula (David) and his delectable but utterly demonic companion, Evil Eleonora (Eli) who were on a special mission. They needed to select a number of nasty creatures for the count’s exotic collection from among the…
Visit by Stuart Peters, British Embassy
On 5th October, 2009, we hosted an informal visit to the social services complex by a team from the British embassy in Sofia headed by Stuart Peters, head of the Embassy’s Strategic Policy Team. The following day, Stuart and his colleagues visited the small group home in the company of representatives of the municipal authority.
Visit by Nadya Shabani, chairperson of the State Agency for Child Protection
We celebrated its 4th birthday a day early combining the event with the birthday celebrations of two VIPS – one of our boys from the small group home (age 13) and Venci, an EQ board member (age undisclosed).
As from the beginning of September, 2009 a sensory garden has been the most prominent outdoor feature at the family-type home known locally as the Pink House.
We’ve always wanted the little yard to be something more than an enclosed and grassed area with a slide and a swing. For the purpose we needed motivation, creativity and inspiration, complete devotion to the idea, friends with big hearts and skilful, tireless hands. It was particularly wonderful that the oldest resident –…
The most exciting event during this summer for 15 young clients of the complex (ages ranging from 8 to 18) was the adventure camp which we organized for them near the city of Teteven lasting from 4th until 7th September 2009.
Some of the youngsters had special educational needs and for most of the group this was the first time they had to be apart from their families.
On August 27, 2009, a play and therapy room especially designed for disabled youngsters was formally opened.
A substantial room is now chock-full of toys, soft-play equipment, a ball pool, touchy-feely panels and other paraphernalia designed for work with disabled children. There we can work in cooperation with other organizations that cater for some of the city’s least fortunate youngsters drawn from the surrounding community as well as for the young residents of the Pink House. All these can benefit…