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SUMMARY

The final external evaluation of the Voice of Adversity Project was carried out in the period June-August 2022, with the participation of the Equilibrium Association team, heads of partner organizations in five pilot districts of the country (Vidin, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sofia and Shumen), mentors and people whose voices are heard – children, youth and parents involved in the project due to the need for support from the child protection system, social services and programs. A team of…

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THE PROJECT

 Analytical perspective

Can the voice of those who are vulnerable be captured so as to improve the community awareness of childcare practitioners and, over time, draw attention to issues that have regional or national significance?

We have devised and tested a user-friendly tool and, having seen the emergence of themes and patterns. We believe it shows promise. Practitioners and government agencies have responded favourably.

Professional awareness

Can listening to the personal stories of their clients impact meaningfully…

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On the occasion of June 1, the children in the Social Services Complex were visited by a high school student who gave a gift to each child. Additionally, the special guest was Pippi Longstocking. The sounds of children’s songs and laughter were accompanied by boisterous games, dances, awards and gypsy wheels. 💃🤸🕺 Every child left with loads of positive emotions, a bag of treats and many memories! 🥳 For the finale, Pippi had prepared a modest cake with icing inscribed…

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According to Finnish professor Mirjam Kalland a child “demands continuity, stability and recurring routines”. Kelland provides a recipe for the professional support by claiming that “we can support the health of individual children and families with very ordinary things, with the ‘magic of the ordinary’”. (Source: ‘Family centre in the Nordic countries – a meeting point for children and families’, Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen 2012).

As the volume of Equilibrium’s encounters with Ukrainian mothers with young children increases,…

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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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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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In August 2021, Ruse Municipality launched the Project “Integrated Measures for Social and Educational Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups on the territory of Ruse Municipality” in partnership with Equalibrium Association, Kindergartens, University Hospital, Center Dynamics Association, Association “Development of Social Capital” and others. The project develops the so-called soft measures complementary to the functioning of the first component of the development of new social housi in the municipality of Ruse.

Equilibrium is a long-established local organization that…

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For the second year, students from  Friedrich Schiller School give us a lesson in empathy and generosity. On the occasion of the World Hunger Day, the student parliament organized a collection of food products for the disadvantaged children who are clients of the Ruse complex. The Equilibrium team expresses great gratitude to the children, their parents and teachers, who can be proud of what the children do for others! Thank you for your sensitivity,…

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Our ‘’Sustainable Families 2” project was funded by the Iris programme that supports projects of civil society, community centres and initiative groups to help vulnerable children and their families whose lives are made worse by COVID 19.

The programme was established on the initiative of a Bulgarian donor forum, a National Children’s Network and the Workshop for Civic Initiatives and is managed by the Workshop for Civic Initiatives Foundation.

The EQ project is a continuation of…

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