Bulgaria’s first Early Childhood and Family Resource Centre
It is not a kindergarten. It is not purely a training centre. It is both a meeting place for families with young children and an informal venue where our team demonstrate our methods to fellow professionals. The emphasis on learning through play and exploration applies to children and adults alike.
RESILIENT FAMILIES, STRONGER COMMUNITIES
Awareness of the valuable aspects in the living environment and the ability to preserve them with respect and optimism is a transformative experience. "Equilibrium" teaches young people to take responsibility for their own future
NATURE AND ADVENTURE
“Time in nature is not leisure time; it’s an essential investment in our children’s health (and also, by the way, in our own).” (Richard Louv). When EQ team members share outdoor adventure with children it is therapeutic and educational for everyone involved. The special needs of the children we work with are no barrier to adventure.
WORLD OF COLOUR
“Respect your fellow human beings, treat them fairly, disagree with them honestly, enjoy their friendship, explore your thoughts about one another candidly, work together for a common goal and help one another achieve it.” (Bill Bradley) The children we work with are in the process of forming values. We help them place Tolerance and Compassion at the top of the list.
“Every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together.” (Paul Ryan) To achieve success when providing social services for children and families, we engage with our professional peers and decision makers on national and international levels. We work hard to make our facilities hubs of community action. We try to be positive and generous.
“We learn by example and by direct experience because there are limits to the adequacy of verbal instruction.” (Malcolm Gladwell). EQ believes that an attachment to outcomes discourages the experimentation through which children learn about themselves and reveal their talents. EQ educators facilitate learning through dynamic engagement and avoid instruction. We also believe that if anything is worth learning, it should be presented to children in multiple ways.
“If there is one thing that all children have in common, it is the fact that they are all different from one another.” (David Bisset) We work with children at risk. Commonly, they are educationally disadvantaged and their behaviour is challenging. These children are differentiated just as much by the way their brains work as they are by ethnicity or cultural background. We help them to accept and support each other.
“Martin Luther King didn’t get up 50 years ago and say: I have a budget and a plan! “ (Alan Clayton). We avoid talking too much about what we do and how we do it. Our supporters don’t believe in the things that we do, they believe in the reason WHY we do these things. Rremembering why EQ exists helps us choose funding programmes that are consistent with our beliefs.
“Innovation is not the result of chance - it’s the result of action. It’s not a thing to wait for. It’s a thing to do.” (Phil McKinney)
Our projects and undertakings are designed to help us go forward. With every new venture, EQ creates a richer experience, adding value for the children and families we work with
“Some succeed because they are destined to, but most succeed because they are determined to.” (Henry Van Dyke)
The pursuit of excellence is a never-ending process. EQ focuses on improvement. Those occasions when our work is publicly praised or awarded are milestones to be celebrated on the road to somewhere better.
“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” (Margaret Mead)
We are very aware of our position in the community and it is right that members of the community should endorse the things we do. By exchanging experience, sharing know-how and receiving constant feedback from those whose lives we affect, we ensure our work has impact
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If you wish to make a donation to support children, young people, families and supports Equilibrium together we achieve significant results for them, within the range of initiatives across the country, you could do it in a bank account for donations:
IBAN BG82UBBS88881000831826 BGN
For 14 years Equilibrium has been working directly with vulnerable children and families helping parents to be the best that they can be in their roles as mums and dads.
We look after children and young adults in 5 family-type homes. Most accommodate youngsters with severe disabilities and one unit provides around-the-clock care for babies who need medical supervision.