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EQ actively seeks additional resources to supplement the money we receive from the state as social service providers. However, this isn’t simply a question of fundraising to enable us to improve the quality and range of activities and support we provide to children and families. We work in a way that enables members of the community to participate and to feel a sense of shared ownership of the positive results we create together.

The method behind the bazaar enables us…

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Under the banner of Music Academy, EQ provides resources to teenagers who want to perform irrespective of their training or talent.

Results as of October 2015

  • “Three Guitars, One Voice” – in the Regional Historical Museum, Ruse
  •  “Take the Stage with Professional Musicians” – in “Max Club, Ruse
  • “Start from scratch and think big” – in “Max Club”, Ruse
  • “Noise” in the Regional Historical Museum, Ruse
  • “Give hope” – a heavy metal charity concert at Mega Mall Ruse, organized…

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Under the Bold Volunteer banner, EQ provides resources to support young activists and philanthropists. We provide young people with the means to help those less fortunate than themselves and to help transform their neighbourhoods and schools.

Results as of October 2015

  • More than 120 students from Ruse schools have gained certificates by going through the 5 modules in our training programme for young social entrepreneurs.
  • “Europe by rail – May 9”: young volunteers created an entire event for young clients…

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In accordance with state policy, Ruse complex for social services for children and families includes a centre for social support, a centre for street children and a 4-bed emergency placement unit. In parallel with the larger complex, we manage family-type accommodation for children with significant special needs.

Our services aim to support and assist families who face problems in bringing up their children and this includes  preventing abandonment of children and  assisting the deinstitutionalization process by which children…

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Implementation period: January 2015 – December 2017

Source of funding: Trust for Social Alternatives

Role of the organization: leading

Precis

Families from marginalized groups or deprived neighbourhoods lack the resources that most of us take for granted when raising young children. Very young parents are especially vulnerable in these circumstances.

Objectives

The development of certain skill sets among Roma parents from two deprived neighbourhoods in Ruse

  • Improved understanding of the parenting actions that promote physical, cognitive and emotional development…

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Implementation Period: July 2013 – May, 2015

Funding: Bulgarian Swiss Cooperation Programme

EQ’s role: leading, in partnership with Open Society – Ruse

Precis

Background:  There is broad consensus among Bulgarian professionals that “a social service is of good quality when it positively influences the well-being of its users” (BCNP, Quality of the Social Services in Bulgaria, 2008). The government’s monitoring report on deinstitutionalization (2012-2013) acknowledges how a focus on structures as opposed to discrete services has created…

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Implementation period: December 2011 – June 2012

Funding: Foundation “Bulgarian Charities Aid Foundation”

Role of the organization: leading

Precis

The preservation of a highly medicalized approach to children with special needs continues to discourage family-based care by focusing on the dangers and disadvantages and encouraging the institutionalization of children who can be cared for at home provided that families have access to advice and practical support provided by mobile, responsive multidisciplinary teams and informal networks.

Objective

To demonstrate the genuine…

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Implementation period: November 2010 – March 2012

Funding: Foundation “Tulip” and the “OAK” foundations

Role of the organization:  beneficiary of mini-project sub granted by Foundation “Karin Dom”

Results: 1 specialist trained by the organization in specific methods of work – family-oriented approach and piloting an innovative program “Early intervention for children with special needs” as part of the “Helping children with special needs and their families” in CSSCF. Included in the program 7 children with special needs and their…

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Implementation period: January 2010 – December 2011

Source of funding: TBACT – UK via Hope and Homes for Children – UK (HHC)

Role of the organization, leading, in partnership with the Municipality of Teteven and working on the basis of formal memoranda of agreement with the relevant ministries

Precis

Transformative action starts when someone takes the first step. As HHC and EQ took the practical initiative of closing a baby home, the Bulgarian government publicly committed itself to the implementation…

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