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together-for-diversity-tolerance-and-non-discrimination-in-ruseOn May 19, 2016 in Ruse University "Angel Kanchev" a discussion on the problems of people with disabilities - a joint initiative of the Social Worker Club at Ruse University "Angel Kanchev", Healthcare and Social Activities Directorate of Ruse Municipality and National Alliance for social responsibility, was held. The discussion topic was "Together for diversity, tolerance and non-discrimination". Assoc. Prof. Alex Nunev, president of the Club and speaker of Public Health and Social Activities Department, moderated the meeting. Prof. Dr. Diana Antonova, Deputy Rector, Georgi Georgiev, NASO...
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advisory-meeting-social-services-in-razgradOn May 11, 2016 in Razgrad an advisory meeting on Social Services - a joint initiative of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA), was held. The national advisory meeting is held monthly and for the second consecutive year, it provides an opportunity for social experts to discuss specific problems, provides assistance and methodological support to the service providers and teams of social services. In 2016 ASA accepted NASO’s proposal to carry out the meetings in different cities of the country.This reception was realized with the active...
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national-conference-on-social-service-quality-in-targovishteOn May 10, 2016 in the city of Targovishte a national conference "Quality of Social Services. Quality Management Systems. Challenges and Solutions ", organized by Targovishte Association for Mental Health (TAMH)- representative of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) for Turgovishte District, and in partnership with the municipality of Targovishte and NASO, was held. The event was part of the program of the 239th Traditional Spring Fair - Targovishte 2016, which helped gaining higher visibility and raising awareness of social service quality. The conference provided a platform for...
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On April 27, 2016 at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) a meeting of the interdepartmental working group that is developing a DI plan of elderly and disabled people care was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) attended the meeting as a regular member of the group. Ms. Elena Kremenlieva, Director of "Social Inclusion" Directorate opened the meeting. The agenda focused on discussing the plan and comments received by the organizations and institutions involved in the working group. The attendants formulated different views on the planned measures and strategies and...
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disability-leaders-of-tomorrow-project-with-naso-participation-launched-e-learning-hubThe Disability Leaders of Tomorrow (D-LoT) e-learning hub (http://dlot.eu/) is now launched! The D-LoT e-learning hub is an informational and interactive environment for the project participants: 15 mentors and 15 mentees from 15 countries. In time it will be deployed as the EASPD’s e-learning hub and will continue providing online training and training materials and resources for the disability provision sector beyond the project’s lifetime. On behalf of Bulgaria experts of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Agency of Social Development “Vision” are...
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On April 20, 2016 in Chisinau, Moldova Mr. Georgi Georgiev, president of National Alliance for Social Responsibility, participated as a regular member in the meeting of EASPD Board. The Board discussed wide range of matters relating to organizational and financial issues of EASPD work. Board members reviewed different documents related to EASPD activities in Europe on topics, such as education for people with disabilities, early childhood intervention, work conditions of health and social workers in the social services sector, information on various studies of individual projects and others. The...
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naso-participated-in-easpd-international-conference-in-moldovaOn April 21 and 22, 2016 representatives of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and NASO members attended international conference “Growing together: from grassroots initiatives to national strategies in early-childhood intervention” in Moldova. The conference was organized by EASPD in cooperation with the Alliance of Organisations for People with Disabilities from Moldova (AOPD) and with the support of EurlyAid and Zero Project. By bringing together various stakeholders in the ECI field, the conference took a critical look at the development of national strategies...
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stronger-together-for-hidden-violence-in-familyOn April 21 and 22, 2016 for the sixth consecutive year the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults in Yambol hosted a meeting from the Stronger Together cycle. National Alliance for Social Responsibility supports the organization of those meetings for third year. The agenda on the first day included a meeting of NASO members from Southeast Bulgaria and a workshop on working documentation, procedures and rules for social services administration and management, while theme of the second day was Hidden violence in the family. Vessela Banova, psychologist, psychoanalyst, a member of BSLP...
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workshop-on-working-documentation-procedures-and-rules-for-social-services-administration-and-managementOn April 21, 2016 the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) for the district of Yambol - Complex for Social Services For Children And Adults, organized a workshop on working documentation, procedures and rules for the administration and management of social services. The meeting was part of a two-day agenda of the National initiative "Stronger Together which is realized for the sixth consecutive year and during last three years is organized with the support of NASO. The slogan "Sharing best practices - a way to improve the quality of social services" unites those...
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working-meeting-of-naso-members-from-southeast-bulgariaOn April 21, 2016 the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults in the city of Yambol hosted a working meeting of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) members from Southeast Bulgaria. The meeting was part of a two-day agenda of the National initiative "Stronger Together which is realized for the sixth consecutive year and during last three years is organized with the support of NASO. Legislation changes and new challenges in the field of social support was the main topic of the discussion. Besides NASO members from the districts of Sliven, Yambol, Burgas, representatives of...
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naso-members-participated-in-social-entrepreneurship-conferenceOn April 15 and 16, 2016 the New Bulgarian University in the city of Sofia hosted a conference on "Social Entrepreneurship - good practices and educational prospects", organized by the department of Philosophy and Sociology, MA Program on Social Entrepreneurship and with the support of the Central Fund of Strategic Development to the Board of the Curricul Fund at MA Faculty. The two-day public conference gathered students, speakers and social business representatives.Members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) made key presentations on the topic. Social Services Complex "St....
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On April 21, 2016 at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy (MLSP) a meeting of the National Council for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities (NCIPD) was held whereas National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) participated as a regular member. Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, opened the meeting and presented the agenda that included a discussion of the draft Law on Natural Persons and Support Measures (supported decision making). Verginiya Micheva, Deputy Minister of Justice, experts from MLSP and other governmental institutions, representatives of...
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veliko-tarnovo-university-st-cyril-and-methodius-is-naso-newest-memberOn April 12, 2016 in Veliko Tarnovo a meeting between representatives of Veliko Tarnovo University "St. Cyril and Methodius" and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. An agreement on partnership and cooperation signed by the University rector Prof. Dr. Christo Bondzholov and Georgi Georgiev, NASO president, was the main focus of the meeting. On behalf of the University the leading party for the contract realization would be the Economic Faculty. The areas of collaboration cover a wide range of activities, such as exchange of information, experience and best practices,...
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On April 12, 2016 in Veliko Tarnovo regular meeting of the Board of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. Besides current matters related to NASO work, the Board adopted a decision for NASO Annual 2016 Awards in Municipalities category and accepted the newest members, joined NASO right before the XI National Forum of Social Service Providers. Board also reviewed and made assessment on the organization of both national forums in Veliko Tarnovo on April 13 and 14, 2016 and in Varna that would be held from June 8 to 10, 2016.
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working-meeting-of-naso-and-easpd-with-veliko-turnovo-municipalityOn April 12, 2016 in the building of Veliko Turnovo Municipality a working meeting between Gancho Karabadzhakov, deputy mayor of Veliko Turnovo, Rositsa Dimitrova, director of Social Activities and Healthcare Directorate, Margarita Sarieva, director of Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration and NASO representative for Veliko Turnovo District, Franz Wolfmayr, EASPD president and Georgi Georgiev, EASPD Board member and NASO President was held. The hosts presented the wide specter of social activities of Veliko Turnovo and underlined the development of social activities, initiatives and...
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easpd-president-visited-naso-representation-in-veliko-tarnovoOn April 12, 2016 as a part of the program of the XI National Forum Of Social Service Providers Mr. Franz Wolfmayr, President of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), visited the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in Veliko Tarnovo – Center for social rehabilitation and integration for elderly and disabled persons over 18 years old. Margarita Sarieva, representative of NASO for Veliko Tarnovo and director of the Center presented their work on NASO mission, including a wide range of activities for support to NASO...
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naso-annual-awards-for-contribution-to-social-development-of-bulgariaDuring the XI National Forum of Social Service Providers held on April 13 and 14, 2016 in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, the winners of NASO National Awards for Contribution to the Social Development of Bulgaria in Municipalities Category were also announced during a special awarding ceremony. The cities of Sofia, Varna, Burgas, Devin, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Karnobat, Veliko Turnovo and Ruse are holders of NASO Grand Award in previous years. The municipalities of Veliko Turnovo and Ruse as holders of NASO Grand Award in 2015 were hosting the 2016 ceremony and co-organizing the XI National Forum of...
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xi-national-forum-of-social-service-providers-challenges-for-local-authorities-during-new-programming-periodOn April 13 and 14, 2016 in the city of Veliko Turnovo the XI National Forum of Social Service Providers was held. It was organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility in traditional partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), National Association of Municipalities of R Bulgaria (NAMBR), Municipality of Veliko Turnovo and Municipality of Ruse. The extremely significant question about $ “Challenges in front of local authorities during the new programming period” was the leading...
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naso-representation-in-targovishe-in-partnership-with-local-communitiesIn the beginning of April 2016 TDPZ – NASO representation for the District of Targovishte, held a series of meetings and discussions in the smaller locations of the district. The common topic of all meetings was “Sustainable partnership for effecting and working local social policies”. These meetings are part of NASO representation 2016 programme and aim to increase the cooperation between the three important pillars of each municipality – local authority, government and non-governmental sector. The meetings were help in the municipalities of Omurtag, Popovo, Antonovo and...
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National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was included in a cross-institutional working group developing a draft of an action plan in the period from 2016 to 2020 for deinstitutionalization of care for adults and persons with disabilities. On April 7, 2016 in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy NASO took part in the first meeting of the working group. All group members, representatives of the Council of Ministers, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Regional Development and Welfare, National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria...
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social-service-advisory-center-meeting-in-plovdivOn April 7, 2016 the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) for Plovdiv District – the Social Services Complex for children and families (SSCCF) in the city of Plovdiv, hosted a meeting of the Social Service Advisory Center. The Social Service Advisory Center is a joint initiative of NASO and Agency of Social Assistance (ASA) that is organized every month. The meetings provide an opportunity to discuss and solve practical issues and provides support and methodological assistance for service providers and their teams. Ms. Tanya Parvanova, chief expert in Child...
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On March 28, 2016 in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy a discussion meeting on Corporate Social Responsibility – achievements and challenges was held. Team members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) together with members of the Economic and Social Committee (ESC) and employers’ and workers organizations, NGOs, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, National Committee of Corporate Management, Association of Directors for Relations with Investors in Bulgaria, Bulgarian Network of UN Global Contract, Bulgarian Stock Exchange, University of National and World...
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On March 28, 2016 in the National Parliament of Republic of Bulgaria a round table – discussion on the Integration Problems of Persons with Disabilities in Bulgaria was held. The meeting is organized by members of the Bulgarian Parliament. Members of the Parliament, representatives from the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, nationally represented organizations for and of persons with disabilities, including of National Alliance for Social Responsibility and other NGOs working in this sector attended the meeting.Dr. Sultanka Petrova, a Parliament...
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On March 31 and April 1, 2016 National Alliance for Social Responisibility (NASO) attended a forum on social entrepreneurship in the city of Plovdiv. The forum agenda included a series of presentations regarding the development of social entrepreneurship in different European and other countries. Wide range of experience, practices, ideas and models for social entrepreneurship development were discussed. The discussion strongly confirmed that a legal framework providing conditions for social entrepreneurship in Bulgaria is highly needed, including of its implementation approaches, wide spectrum of...
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conference-in-stara-zagora-on-social-services-for-children-with-generalized-development-issues-challenges-for-sustainable-developmentOn March 30, 2016 in the city of Stara Zagora a practical conference on Social Services for Children with Generalized Development Issues: Challenges for Sustainable Development was held. The conference was organized by Alternative 55 Civil Association – a representation of National Alliance of Social Responsibility for Stara Zagora. Almost 50 social experts from Burgas, Nesebar, Pomorie, Kazanlak, Karnobat, Cherven bryag, Plovidv and Stara Zagora attended the event. They were welcomed by Dr. Antonia Todorova, head of Health Care and Social Activities Department of Stara Zagora Municipality...
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On March 29, 2016 in the city hall of Vidin a international meeting of East Social Network was held. The forum was organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO-Bulgaria) through its representation in Vidin – Support for Realization Foundation with the support of the local authorities of Vidin and in partnership with Dobro Drvo Association, Zaichar Initiative Foundation, Red Cross-Zaichar and Rotary Club-Zaichar. Wide spectrum of participants – representatives of local authorities from the district, specialists and teams of social services, non-governmental...
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As a part of NASO annual programme, on March 25th, 2016, in the building of Razgrad Municipality, a meeting between the team of NASO and Dr. Valentin Vasilev, Mayor of Razgrad, was held. The meeting was attended by Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, the two representatives of NASO in the region of Razgrad, and namely Mrs. Valentina Velikova, Manager of a Day Care Center for persons with disabilities "Give me your hand", and Mr. Rosen Avramov, Director of the NGO "Janeta", as well as by Mr. Erdinch Hassanov, Deputy Mayor of Razgrad Municipality. The meeting aimed at establishing contacts with...
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On March 24, 2016. the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy a regular meeting of the interinstitutional working group on social economy, which is drafting a law on social economy/social entrepreneurship was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) also participated in the meeting, which was opened by Mrs. Teodora Todorova, an expert in the State Department "Life standard, demographic development, policies and strategies"of the the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Mrs. Todorova presented to the participants the meeting's objectives, namely the discussion of the first version of...
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training-in-pazardzhik-on-mobile-work-in-social-servicesOn March 23, 2016 in Pazardzhik a training workshop on Mobile work in social services was held. The training was organized by the representation of the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) for the region of Pazardzhik - Crime Prevention Fund IGA, in cooperation with the municipality of Pazardjik. Experts and team members of social services across the country attended the training. Traning speakers were Ms. Valentina Gesheva, CPF – IGA and regional representative of NASO for Pazardzhik and Ms. Viara Smilenova – regional coordinator of the Agency for Social Sssistance for...
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international-conference-on-equality-of-persons-with-disabilities-achievements-and-practicesOn March 22, 2016 in Sofia an International Conference on "Equality of people with disabilities. Achievements and practices" was held. The event was part of the Bulgarian chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The Forum was attended by a high-ranking representatives from Bulgarian and European institutions and experts from over 12 countries involved in the discussions. Mr. Gianluca Esposito, Director of Equality and human dignity, Council of Europe, Mr Dimitrios Nikolski, Chairman of the Special Committee of the Council of Europe on the rights of persons with...
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On March 17, 2016 in the Dobrich municipality a meeting between Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Mr. Yordan Yordanov, Mayor of Dobrich was held. Dr. Emilia Baeva, Deputy Mayor on Humanitarian activities, the team members of Humanitarian Activities Directorate and the new representative of NASO for Dobrich– Mrs. Albena Doneva also took part in the meeting. During the discussion characterized by an extraordinary heartiness and mutual respect, Mr. Georgiev congratulated Mr. Yordaanov for his electoral success and wished him and his new...
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On March 17, 2016 in Dobrich National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) held a series of meetings. A new representation of NASO in Dobrich in the area of social services and development was approved and appointed. Daycare center for persons with disabilities and Center for social rehabilitation and integration will have the role of the second representation of NASO in Dobrich. Manager of both services and a new representative of NASO in Dobrich is Mrs. Albena Doneva. Mrs Doneva is an established expert in the field of social services and has worked in different structures of the social...
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On March 15, 2016 Petia Markova, Social Services and Development Coordinator of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Mrs. Petya Dolapchieva, Deputy Mayor of Vratsa held a working meeting. Ms. Galya Cvetanova, Director of Health, social and youth activities Directorate of Vratsa municipality also participated in the meeting. During the meeting NASO mission objectives and tasks within social services and development were presented, including of NASO’s work on legal changes, other initiatives and activities for social services quality improvement, as well as improving the...
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regional-forum-in-vratsa-interinstitutional-partnership-as-guarantee-for-quality-of-social-servicesOn March 15, 2016, in Vratsa municipality a regional forum on "Interinstitutional partnership as a guarantee of quality of social services", organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in partnership with Vratsa municipality was held. As the Bulgarian largest organization for people with disabilities, bringing together nearly 1000 regional sructures, local authorities and organisations, NASO presented its work on leading topics and activities at European, national and regional level aimed at the development of social policies and support services to improve the...
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international-conference-on-legal-capacity-and-access-to-justice-of-persons-with-intellectual-disabilitiesOn 10 and 11 March 2016 in Sofia the International Conference entitled "Legal capacity and access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities" was held. The Forum was organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), the partners in project AJuPID, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of labour and social policy (MLSP), Bulgarian Center for not-for-profit law (BCNP) and the Bulgarian Association for persons with intellectual disabilities (BAPID). The Conference was attended by a wide range of interested on the subject parties of Bulgaria – representatives of the criminal...
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On February 29, 2016, at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, a meeting of the working group preparing a Draft Law on Social Economics / Social Entrepreneurship took place, in which Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), participated as well. The agenda was presented by Teodora Todorova, State Expert at the Living Standards, Demographic Trends, Policies and Strategies Department of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, and namely, a discussion on the social economics plan for 2016-2017, the adoption of a working plan of the interdepartmental...
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On February 25, 2016 in the city of Bansko, a regular meeting of the Board members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) took place. NASO team members working in various fields took part in the meeting as well. The main topics discussed were related to current tasks and events in the social sphere of NASO’s work. At the same time, the Board reviewed the main activities of the organization scheduled for the first half of the year and in accordance with the long-term and annual plan for work of NASO. In a greater detail, the events related to national and European events were...
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naso-representation-in-bansko-hosted-two-day-exchange-of-experience-of-day-care-centersOn February 25 and 26, 2016 the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in Bansko - Day Care Center “Zornitsa”, hosted an exchange of experience of the social services “Day Care Center for children with disabilities” and “Day Care Center for adults with disabilities”. Social service specialists and managers from throughout the whole country attended the event. The participants were welcomed by Maya Stoiceva, Head of the Humanitarian Activities Department of the Municipality of Bansko. Ms. Stoiceva pointed out that she highly...
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In correspondence with its objectives to motivate, stimulate and promote the good experience and practices in socially responsible policies, social services and activities in Bulgaria, National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) is giving annual awards for contributions to the social development of Bulgaria in four categories - "Municipalities", "Corporations", "NGOs" and "Art and culture".In connection with the forthcoming awarding of the annual awards for active contributions to the social development of Bulgaria in 2016 in the Municipalities category, which will take place on April 13,...
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On February 18, 2016, at the building of Haskovo Municipality, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), and Dobri Belivanov, Mayor of Haskovo, was conducted. Mr. Georgiev congratulated Mr. Belivanov on his success at the elections and his intentions for implementing an active social policy at the Municipality of Haskovo. Additionally, Mr. Georgiev wished success to the whole team of the Municipality both in terms of developing a strong social sector and the entire conduction of activities during the current mandate. Mr. Georgiev outlined...
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regional-meeting-of-social-service-providers-in-city-of-haskovoOn February 18, 2016, in the city of Haskovo, a regional meeting on the topic “Perspectives for the development of social services in the region of Haskovo in the period 2016 – 2020” was held. The forum was organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) with the support of the Municipality of Haskovo. Representatives of local authorities from Haskovo region, the Regional Social Assistance Directorate as well as social services took part in the event. The participants were welcomed by Milena Trendafilova, Deputy Mayor of Haskovo Municipality, Georgi Georgiev,...
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On February 12, 2016, a meeting between Plamen Nankov, Vice President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria, and Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), was held. It was aimed at setting clear goals of the partnership between the two organizations in order to conduct more active and effective activities within the broad spectrum of topics on which they work on national and local levels. The opportunities for exchange of information, analyses, intellectual products, expertise, common initiatives, activities and projects were commented...
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On February 11, 2016, the monthly Advisory Center meeting of social services implemented with the support of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) took place. The topic of the discussion held was the work of Care homes for elderly people and the social services for elderly people in general. The questions to the ASA experts were mainly related to the problems in the work of the specialists and the services for elderly people, e.g. the issue on taxes that are to be paid by the users of social services. Suggestions for improvements were made...
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On February 11, 2016, a meeting between Valentina Georgieva, Executive Director of the Employment Agency, and Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), took place. The objective was to discuss the means for improving the employability of persons with disabilities on the open labor market. Mr. Georgiev presented the practices implemented by NASO in the last few years, the experience gained as a result of the successful realization of European projects related to employment on the open labor market within the active European partnership and participation in...
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On February 10, 2016, at an invitation of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), and Rositsa Yankova of the Association of Industrial Capital in Bulgaria, was held. It was stressed that partnership in various fields should be developed, including in terms of projects, information, analysis and expertise exchange, corporate social responsibility development and provision of employment opportunities for persons with disabilities on the open labor market, looking for innovative solutions...
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On February 9, 2016, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Ivaylo Ivanov, Executive Director of Agency for Social Assistance (ASA), was conducted. During the meeting, the partnership between the two structures in 2015 was commented on and mutual content regarding the common activities held was expressed, whereby suggestions for a partnership in 2016 were made and agreed on. The already established practice related to conducting Social Service Advisory Center meetings and the ASA support in order to improve the capacity of social...
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On February 10, 2016, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Nikolay Nikolov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, took place. It was dedicated to NASO’s efforts for the provision of a normative basis for social entrepreneurship development and a legal regulation of social enterprises in Bulgaria. Various topics on the development of social entrepreneurship were commented on, whereby it was agreed on that through this sector the social support and life in the county in general would significantly improve, including that...
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On February 9, 2016, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Galab Donev, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, was held. It was mainly related to the 2016 work plans of NASO for the development of corporate social responsibility and the implementation of new models of employment for persons with disabilities, i.e. supported employment. Thanks to the partnership of NASO and the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy in 2015, supported employment forms part of the Bulgarian legislation, i.e. of the Law on Employment Promotion and the...
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session-of-national-council-for-integration-of-persons-with-disabilitiesOn February 9, 2016, in the building of the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, the first 2016 meeting of the National Council for the Integration of Persons with Disabilities was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) took part in the event as a regular member of the Council. The Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy Lazar Lazarov chaired the meeting. Galab Donev, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy, presented the recommendation of the Ministry for introducing an expertise on employability for persons with disabilities at a working age. The Deputy Minister of...
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ngo-awardOn February 4, 2016, at “Peroto” Club in the city of Sofia, the information webplatform of NGOs in Bulgaria (ngobg.info) gave its annual awards for the sixth time. The event took place with the support of the National Palace of Culture. The awards represent a recognition of the efforts of those civil society organizations on the platform, which regularly inform the readers about their activities, events, achievements, research, state their position, defend the rights of those they work for in an open and transparent way, and through the webplatform, try to attract other people to their...
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state-agency-for-child-protection-celebrated-its-15th-anniversary-with-the-child-national-priority-conferenceOn January 29, 2016, at the Central Military Club in the city of Sofia, a conference on the topic “The Child – National Priority”, dedicated to the achievements and challenges in developing a child protection system in Bulgaria in accordance with the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, was held. It was organized by the State Agency for Child Protection and the Institute for Public Policy as a part of a series of initiatives dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the State Agency for Child Protection.The Deputy Prime Minister, Ivaylo Kalfin, the Mayor of...
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naso-s-representation-in-targovishte-region-reported-its-2015-activities-publicallyOn January 27, 2016, in the Municipality of Targovishte, the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), i.e. Targovishte Association for Mental Health, made a public report of its activities conducted in 2015. Dr. Elena Marinova, Chairperson of the Association, welcomed the participants in the meeting and expressed her gratitude for their empathy by stating that transparency was accumulating trust, empathy and support, breaking barriers, and winning new supporters and partners. The transparency of social services was a condition for overcoming the stigma of society's...
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exchange-of-experience-for-center-for-social-rehabilitation-and-integration-and-day-care-center-social-services-in-veliko-tarnovo-cityOn January 26, 2016, in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, a meeting between specialists from the social services “Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration” and “Day Care Center” took place. The event was hosted by the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Veliko Tarnovo, i.e. Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration for Adults and Persons with Disabilities over 18 years. More than 30 social service specialists from the social services in the cities of Russe, Razgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Polski Trambesh, Pavlikeni,...
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meeting-in-plovdiv-city-on-social-services-role-in-protecting-children-s-interestOn January 21, 2016, in the city of Plovdiv, a meeting on the topic “The role of social services in protecting the children’s interest” took place. The event was hosted by the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Plovdiv, i.e. Complex for Social Services for Children and Families. The discussion within the meeting was divided in two panels, whereby the first one was focused on the social service “Mother and baby unit” and the second one was dedicated to the social services for children in the context of the Draft Law on...
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On January 12, 2016, in the building of the Municipality of Varna, the first meeting of social service providers in the city of Varna took place. It was organized by the Social Service Department of the Municipality of Varna and the Social Service and Housing Policy Standing Committee of the Municipality Council – Varna. The participants in the meeting were welcomed by Dr. Lidia Marinova, Vice-Chairperson of the Municipality Council – Varna and Chairperson of the Social Service and Housing Policy Standing Committee. The work of the Municipality on the 2015 social programme was...
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On January 15, 2016, in the city of Sofia, an international conference on the topic “Children’s rights are our concern” took place, organized by one of the leading members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), i.e. “For Our Children” Foundation. The conference was held as a part of the project “The media, the business and I for our children”. Representatives of NASO took part in the event as well. The participants were welcomed by Maxim Behar, President of “For Our Children” Foundation, who also made a brief presentation of the...
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On January 14, 2016, in the city of Sofia, the first Social Service National Advisory Center meeting in 2016 took place. It was organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibilty (NASO) and the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA), and it gave an opportunity for methodological counseling and support for increasing the capacity of specialists and social service providers. During the meeting held, questions related to the procedure of taking a child out of a service, which does not correspond to its needs, and hence, of the child’s placement within a more suitable community service, were...
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Since January 1st, 2016, National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) has become a regular member of the legal non-profit organizations’ quota of the National Council of Child Protection at the State Agency for Child Protection. NASO has been elected in the period 4th – 17th December 2015 following an election list. The legal non-profit persons’ mandate within the National Council for Child Protection is two years, i.e. from 1st January 2016 until 1st January 2018. The National Council for Child Protection is a structure within the State Agency for Child Protection with...
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On December 11, 2015, in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy, a meeting of the National Council on Social Inclusion was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) is a regular member of the Council. The meeting was opened by Mr. Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labor and Social Policy. The agenda included a discussion on the implementation of the national strategy for reducing the number of people living in poverty by 260,000 people by the end of 2020 and also four subgoals.Within the discussion, a review of the dynamics of the indicators of poverty and social...
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closing-annual-meeting-of-naso-representationsOn December 12, 2015, in the city of Troyan, a closing annual meeting of the representations of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. The meeting was opened by Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, made an assessment of the implementation of the adopted strategic goals and objectives of NASO through the program of events realized in 2015, and pointed out that in 2016 the way to support the members and structures of NASO would remain at a local level, through regional and local forums, workshops, seminars and trainings. Therefore, a draft annual program of NASO for 2016 was...
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On December 12, 2015 in the town of Troyan a regular meeting of the Board of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. The agenda included a review of NASO Annual Program for year 2015 and information about tasks pending to be completed until the end of the year. A preliminary report on 2015 budget was discussed and NASO budget for 2016 with the main areas, corresponding to the work of the Alliance for the next year, was approved. Along with the budget, the Board discussed and approved NASO annual work program for 2016. The new structure of NASO team was also approved and...
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working-meeting-with-ms-donka-mihaylova-mayor-of-troyan-municipalityOn December 11, 2015 in the municipality of Troyan a meeting between Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Ms. Donka Mihaylova, Mayor of Troyan Municipality was held. During the meeting, Mr. Georgiev expressed his and NASO gratitude for the kind hospitality of Troyan Municipality for last annual events of NASO and shared his good impression by the social services visited within some of these events. It was pointed out that Troyan approach as a small town for social services development with own funding and contracting these services for provision...
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practical-training-in-troyan-on-integrated-services-model-legal-grounds-needs-and-opportunities On December 10 and 11, 2015, in the town of Troyan, a practical training on “Integrated services – model, legal grounds, needs and opportunities”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), took place. Ms. Petya Demireva, Expert and Methodist in the fields of social policies, services and assistance, as well as Director of the social service bureau “Humanity and longevity” Ltd, was the main lecturer of the training. Representatives of social services and NGOs from Varna, Nessebar, Silistra, Razgrad, Targovishte, Lovech, Vidin, Nikopol, Pleven,...
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On December 9, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium, a work meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), and Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), which was focused on the partnership between the two organizations in 2015 and the common work in 2016, was held. It was confirmed that on 10th – 11th March 2015 NASO would host the European conference on the topic “Access to justice for persons with intellectual disabilities”, organized by NASO, EASPD and...
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On December 9, 2015, in Brussels, Belgium, a seminar on “The European Semester as a mechanism for implementing the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”, organized by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), took place. Representatives of the European Commission and experts from various structures of the EU as well as representatives of organizations of persons with disabilities from all European countries took part in the event, whereby the Bulgarian non-governmental sector was represented by National Alliance for Social...
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On December 8, 2015, in Brussels, a Board meeting of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) was held, in which Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), took part as a regular member of the Board. The main task of the meeting held was to adopt the EASPD budget plan for 2016, whereby some inter-organizational questions were also discussed. The studies, organized by EASPD, about social service staff and financial sustainability of the social service providers were commented on as well. Furthermore, a final version...
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european-conference-on-growing-together-in-a-barrier-free-europeOn December 7 and 8, 2015, in Brussels, on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a conference on the topic “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe” was held. The event was organized by the European Commission and the European Disability Forum. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) participated in the conference representing Bulgaria and the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD). The conference panels of discussion were primarily focused on children and youth with disabilities. Presentations on the...
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On December 4, 2015, at Sofia Grand Hotel in the city of Sofia, a final conference on the European Year of Development 2015 in Bulgaria took place, in which representatives of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) also participated. The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union suggested 2015 as the European Year of Development under the motto “Our world. Our dignity. Our future”. Together with all member states, Bulgaria participated in that initiative through various activities jointly with the governmental, non-governmental, academic and private sector...
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assoc-prof-dr-ing-dobrev-chairperson-of-board-of-directors-and-supervisory-board-of-kcm-ltd-was-awarded-with-mister-economics-2015-prizeAssoc. Prof. Dr.-Ing. Nikola Dobrev, Chairperson of the Board of Directors and the Supervisory Board of KCM 2000 Group, which is among the leading corporate members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), is the winner of the prize “Mister Economics” in 2015. The award was given by the Bulgarian Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, at a ceremony in Marinela Hotel in Sofia. The Mister and Missis Economics prizes are being awarded by the Confederation of Employers and Industrialists in Bulgaria. The competition itself has been the most prestigious economic forum for the last 20...
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In this week, NASO members in the whole country are conducting a series of events dedicated to the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In this respect, NASO is expressing its empathy, appreciation and support to their work as well as gratitude for their dedication to the mission for achieving a higher quality of life of persons with disabilities.We are supporting our members not only during common events dedicated to this day, but also in our daily work and in the intention to provide qualitative social services leading to a real impact on improving the lives of persons with...
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On December 2, 2015, shortly before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, a discussion, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and Agency for Social Assistance (ASA), took place. The topic was “Services for Persons with Disabilities”, whereby NASO and ASA experts discussed questions related to the support of children and persons with disabilities. The topic and the forum conducted were a message to all institutions and organizations engaged with problems of persons with disabilities as well as to all members of society, and namely...
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On November 23 and 24, 2015, in Bratislava, Slovakia, a European conference, organized by the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and in partnership with TENENET - a regular member of EASPD, and their partners - Norwegian organizations working in the disability sector, was conducted. The main topic of the conference was the professional and social integration of young people with disabilities, whereby a broad spectrum of questions was raised as well, among which were poverty and employment, supported employment for young people, youth policies, etc.,...
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On November 26 and 27, 2015, in Veliko Tarnovo, training on the topic “New users consultations – primary interview, evaluation and case stages”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) as part of Alliance annual program took place. The training was oriented towards capacity development of the social service providers and upgrade of the qualifications of the social service specialists in order to provide services in a more effective and qualitative way. Various social service specialists from throughout the whole country took part in the training.The...
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On November 25, 2015, in Kardzhali, a meeting between Ms. Elisaveta Kehayova, Deputy Mayor of the Municipality of Kardzhali for Education, Culture, Social Affairs, Sports, Tourism and Eurointegration, and Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), took place. Within the meeting, Mr. Georgiev presented the mission, tasks and activities of NASO, the initiatives and aims of the Alliance in the different regions of Bulgaria and explained the purpose of the coming meeting between business sector and social service representatives planned for the same day and...
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regional-forum-on-corporate-social-responsibility-in-kardzhaliOn November 25, 2015, at the Business Incubator – Kardzhali, a regional forum on the topic “Corporate Social Responsibility” with the participation of representatives of business sector, social services and members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Kardzhali took place. The meeting was organized by Agency for Regional Economic Development and Investments Association, Kardzhali, which is the representation of NASO in the region of Kardzhali and NASO in partnership with the Municipality of Kardzhali. The participants were welcomed by Rumen...
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meeting-in-montana-on-support-and-cooperation-in-social-services-sectorOn November 24, 2015, in the Regional Administration – Montana, a meeting on the topic “Support and cooperation in the social services sector”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and its representation in the region of Montana, i.e. Day Care Center – Montana, took place. Representatives of the municipal and regional administration of Montana, social service directors and experts from the region as well as NGO representatives participated in the occasion. When welcoming the participants, Maya Raikova, Chief Expert at the Social Service Department...
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On November 19, 2015, in the Municipality of Ruse, a forum on “Social service development and sustainability through the European Structural Funds in the period 2007 – 2013”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the Municipality of Ruse, took place. Representatives of social service providers, municipalities in the region of Ruse, experts of the Agency for Social Assistance, social service specialists, citizens as well as students majoring in Social Work at the University of Ruse took part in the event. They were welcomed by Mariela Licheva,...
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On November 17, 2015, Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), conducted a meeting with Dr. Darin Dimitrov, Mayor of the Municipality of Targovishte, and Emine Yakubova, Deputy Mayor. Mr. Georgiev greeted Dr. Dimitrov for his success in the elections and for the trust received by the people in the Municipality of Targovishte. On behalf of NASO, Dr. Dimitrov was wished good luck and readiness for the continuation of the active partnership in the fields of NASO’s work was expressed. On his behalf, Dr. Dimitrov expressed his satisfaction regarding the...
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meeting-on-support-for-capacity-development-of-naso-s-members-in-targovishte-regionOn November 17, 2015, in the city of Targovishte, a meeting on the topic “Support for the capacity development of NASO’s members in the region of Targovishte”, organized by the Targovishte Association for Mental Health, representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Targovishte, was held. Representatives of NASO’s member – organizations from all five municipalities in the region took part in the happening. Dr. Elena Marinova, Chairperson of the Targovishte Association for Mental Health, and Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO,...
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discussion-on-burden-of-tolerance-in-european-values-contextOn November 16, 2015, at the House of Europe in Sofia, a discussion on the topic “The burden of tolerance in the context of the European values” was held. The forum was organized by SIETAR – Bulgaria, the non-profit organization “Etnotolerance” and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) on the occasion of the International Day of Tolerance. Representatives of non-governmental organizations, university lecturers and students, teachers, educators, psychologists, philosophers, social workers, etc. took part in the discussion. The topic on European values and...
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stronger-together-forum-in-yambol-2On November 13, 2015, at the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults – Yambol, a meeting within the Stronger Together Forum was held. More than 70 representatives of social service providers from Yambol, Sliven, Nessebar, Elhovo, Pomorie, Chirpan, Burgas, Plovdiv, Sredec took part in the event on the topic “Divorce, losses, separations”. The Stronger Together Forum was organized for the fifth year by the representative of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Yambol, i.e. Atanaska Boneva, and within the last two years, with the support of...
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national-advisory-center-of-asa-and-naso-at-complex-for-social-services-for-children-and-adults-yambolOn November 12, 2015, at the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults – Yambol, within the last meeting of the Stronger Together Forum in 2015, organized by the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Yambol, i.e. Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults, the Director Atanaska Boneva and her team, for the first time, the National Advisory Center of the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) and NASO took place. Reneta Manolova, Head of the Social Service Department, and Emil Todorov, Director of the Child Protection Directorate,...
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meeting-of-naso-s-members-from-yambol-regionOn November 12, 2015, in the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults – Yambol, a meeting on the topic “Support and partnership opportunities for social service providers” with members and partners of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) from the region of Yambol was held. The participants were welcomed by Atanaska Boneva, Director of the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults – Yambol and representative of NASO in the region of Yambol, and Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO. Among the participants were representatives of social service...
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regional-forum-on-modern-solutions-for-social-integration-in-slivenOn November 11, 2015, at the Day Care Center for Adults with Mental Disorders – Sliven, a regional social service forum on “Modern solutions for social integration”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and in partnership with the representation of NASO in the region of Sliven, i.e. Milosardie Foundation, was held. Kamen Kostov, Deputy Regional Governor of Sliven, Rositsa Dimitrova, Director of the Social Activities and Health Care Directorate at the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and Deputy Chair of the Standing Committee on Social Policies of the...
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On November 10, 2015, National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) participated in a discussion with students majoring in Pedagogy and Social Activities at Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”. The aim of the debate was students’ career counseling and presentation of the advantages and challenges of working in the non-governmental sector. NASO presented the broad scope of its work, i.e. building up partnerships at both European and national level oriented towards the support to persons with disabilities and to disadvantaged people in general, activities for the...
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On November 10, 2015, in the Municipality of Kyustendil, a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), and Petar Paunov, Mayor of the Municipality of Kyustendil, took place. Mr. Georgiev used the opportunity to express his best impressions and congratulate Mr. Paunov for the active social policy of the Municipality of Kyustendil as well as for the good partnership with non-governmental organizations – members of NASO, working in the field of social services, thanks to which a lot of experience in the deinstitutionalization process was...
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discussion-in-kyustendil-on-development-of-community-centers-as-comprehensive-service-and-integrated-approachOn November 10, 2015, in the Municipality of Kyustendil, a meeting on the “Development of community centers as comprehensive service and an integrated approach”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and in partnership with the Municipality of Kyustendil, was held. The aim of the meeting was to present the evolvement of services for early childhood development as an effective, qualitative and accessible support for children and their families. The participants were welcomed by Radostina Vasseva, Director of the Health Care, Social Activities and Housing...
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training-on-team-work-specifics-skills-conflicts-and-team-managementOn November 4, 2015, in the city of Pazardzhik, training on “Team Work Specifics – skills, conflicts and team management” was conducted by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the Fond for Crime Prevention – IGA, i.e. the representation of NASO in the region of Pazardzhik. The training was conducted by Valentina Gesheva, representative of NASO in the region of Pazardzhik and representative of the Fond for Crime Prevention – IGA, and by Vyara Smilenova, regional coordinator of Agency for Social Assistance. The event was hosted by the Municipality of...
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regional-meeting-and-seminar-for-naso-members-in-shumen-regionOn October 30, 2015, in the Center for Social Rehabilitation and Integration for Persons with Physical Disabilities in the city of Shumen, a regional meeting involving the members of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Shumen and a seminar “Applied arts as a means for rehabilitation and innovative approaches at the Centers for Social Rehabilitation and Integration”, organized by Future for Disabled Persons Association, i.e. the representation of NASO in the region of Shumen, were conducted. Among the official guests were Petko Sharenkov, Deputy Regional...
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On October 29, 2015, in Sofia a meeting between the leaders of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), i.e. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, and Association for Pedagogical and Social Assistance for Children /APSAC/ FICE-Bulgaria, represented by Dashenka Kraleva, President of FICE-Bulgaria, took place. The main topic of discussion was the partnership between the two organizations, and more precisely, the opportunities for a more in-depth work of NASO in the field of trainings as well as the place of FICE-Bulgaria in this process as a potential member of NASO. In this respect, a...
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On October 28, 2015, in the building of “St. Kiril and Metodii” University in the city of Veliko Tarnovo a meeting between Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), and the Director of the Economics Department of the university, Prof. Dr. Dobrinka Zlateva, was held. The meeting was attended by other representatives of the Economics Department as well, whereby the current partnership between NASO and the university, implemented mainly through lecturers and Psychology and Social work students, was discussed. The aim of the meeting was the...
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participation-of-naso-in-easpd-standing-committee-on-employmentOn October 24, 2015, a meeting of the Standing Committee on Employment of the European Social Service Provider for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) forms part of the Standing Committee with the ambition to take the subject of employability of persons with disabilities in the open labor market to the top of its activities. During the meeting, Mr. Georgiev, President of NASO, explained that there had been a normative change in Bulgaria related to the introduction of the term “supported employment” in the legislation of the...
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Within the International Conference of the European Association of Social Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) in October 2015 in Salzburg, Austria, a meeting of the EASPD Interest Group on Arts took place. That group was created under an initiative of a few member organizations of EASPD, including of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), with contributions in the sector of culture and arts. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, took part in the meeting, during which the future common activities of the group were discussed as well as further initiatives of EASPD...
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On October 23 and 24, 2015, a Board meeting and a General Assembly of the European Association of Social Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) took place, whereby Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), participated in both of them as a regular member. Within the meetings, the EASPD governing bodies made an overview of the activities conducted by the organization and its members so far and discussed the EASPD program until the end of 2015 as well as the program for the coming year. Additionally, the results and the actions related to the...
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easpd-international-conference-on-inclusive-educationOn October 22 and 23, 2015, in Salzburg, Austria, an international conference on “Inclusive teaching programs: Let’s develop it together!” organized by the European Association of Social Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) was held. A team of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) led by Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, also took part in the event. Additionally, experts and representatives of local and regional authorities, educational institutions, non-governmental organizations, parents and young persons with disabilities from different...
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kick-off-meeting-and-workshop-within-disability-leaders-of-tomorrow-projectOn October 21 and 22, 2015, in Salzburg, Austria, a kick-off meeting and a workshop on creative thinking within the Disability Leaders of Tomorrow project (D-LoT) took place, within which National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) is involved as a partner. The aim of the project is to introduce innovations and build up the capacity of social service providers for persons with disabilities in Central and Eastern Europe. D-LoT is focused on the need of providing support to social service experts in order to promote a real and sustainable change in the delivery of social services in Central...
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easpd-international-conference-on-inclusive-teaching-programs-and-related-events-in-austriaOn October 21-24, 2015, an international conference on “Inclusive teaching programs: Let’s develop it together!” organized by the European Association of Social Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) was held. The conference was focused on inclusive education as a method for developing a more inclusive society. By including the projects EQF, ECVET, INVESTT and TIDE, EASPD presented good practices in the field of developing inclusive teaching programs for persons with disabilities, whereby the aim was to give recommendations to politicians, school masters and...
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At the National Advisory Center of Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) which is conducting regular meetings every month, the topic of discussion in October 2015 was the work with social service users who are provided with the part-time service Day Care Center for Children with Disabilities as well as about the funds which remain after a user of an Elderly People Care Home passes away and none of his/her family members comes to request them back. Looking for successors is almost an impossible task and when it comes to a small amount of money the...
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On October 22, 2015, in the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy a meeting of the inter-institutional group for developing the Draft Law on Social Services was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) took part in the meeting as a regular member of the group. The session was opened by Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Policy and Chairperson of the working group. The agenda included comments upon the Draft Law, which was in advance sent to all NASO members so that they could make recommendations. The Deputy Minister pointed out that the Law on Social Services was...
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exchange-of-experience-with-a-latvian-social-service-providerOn October 19, 2015, in Sofia, a team of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) held a meeting with the Regional Non-governmental Support Center – Ventspils, Latvia. Representatives of the organization were in Bulgaria within the project “To develop a civil society in the city and region of Ventspils” funded under the Norwegian financial mechanism and within which the “Flower” Theater organization, member of NASO, is a partner. The Regional Non-governmental Support Center – Ventspils, Latvia, involves 18 member organizations, among which 8 work in...
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training-on-specifics-of-children-with-disabilities-and-approaches-for-sexual-educationOn October 15 and 16, 2015, in Gabrovo, a two-day training on the “Specifics of children with disabilities and approaches for sexual education. Work with parents”, organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and oriented towards professionals working with children with disabilities, was conducted. The training aimed at giving basic knowledge in the field of health and sexual education of children and adults, as well as improving the work with families of persons with disabilities. The lecturer was Radostina Antonova, PhD in Psychology at the Bulgarian Science...
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regional-meeting-of-social-service-experts-in-dobrichOn October 15, 2015, in the Municipality of Dobrich, a regional meeting of social service experts and NASO members in Dobrich “Partnership for better life” organized by the regional representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), HobiSclub, in partnership with the Municipality of Dobrich took place. Among the official guests were Kameliya Koycheva, Deputy Mayor of Dobrich, Ivanka Titova, Head of the Health Care and Social Service Department, Dobrich, Magdalena Mitkova, Head of the Social Assistance Directorate, Dobrich, Irena Bairova, Head of the Regional...
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complex-for-social-services-for-children-and-adults-yambol-celebrated-its-3rd-anniversaryOn September 28, 2015, the Complex for Social Services for Children and Adults in the city of Yambol celebrated its 3rd anniversary. The Complex is a representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Yambol. It has been established within a project of the Municipality of Yambol and has been operating since September 1, 2012, providing four social services, i.e. a Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities “Daga” with a capacity of 30 children, a Social Support Centre “Usmivka” with a capacity of 50 social service users, including...
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forum-on-challenges-in-development-of-integrated-social-servicesOn October 1, 2015, at the Palace of Culture in the city of Pernik, a Forum on the challenges in the development of integrated social services took place. The event was organized by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), the Municipality of Pernik and the representation of NASO in the region of Pernik, i.e. the Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities “Good Heart” in Pernik. At the opening session, the participants were welcomed by Dr. Adrian Simeonov, Deputy Mayor and Head of the Health Care, Social Affairs and Security Department at the Municipality of Pernik, and...
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forum-of-social-services-in-smolyan-better-services-for-elderly-people-and-persons-with-disabilitiesOn September 30, 2015, in the city of Smolyan, the Forum of Social Services “Better services for elderly people and persons with disabilities” was held. The event was organized by the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the region of Smolyan, i.e. the Social Service Complex – Smolyan directed by Vilyana Rizova, and in collaboration and partnership with the Municipality of Smolyan. The participants, and namely, representatives of regional and municipal administrations, specialists of social services in the region and NGOs, were welcomed by...
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complex-for-social-services-for-children-and-families-plovdiv-celebrated-its-10th-anniversaryOn September 29, 2015, at Imperial Hotel, Plovdiv, a ceremony dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the Complex for Social Services for Children and Families – Plovdiv took place. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was a partner of the event. Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Eva Zhecheva, Executive Director of the State Agency for Child Protection, as well as representatives of NGOs welcomed the participants in the meeting. Petar Zehtinski, Deputy Mayor of Plovdiv, Georgi Tityukov, Mayor of the Central District of Plovdiv, and Veselina Boteva,...
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exchange-of-xperience-in-burgas-social-services-in-support-of-children-and-familiesOn September 24 and 25, 2015, in the building of the Social Support Centre in the city of Burgas a meeting on the popular among social service providers topic “Social service in support of children and families - cases of separation/divorce and difficulties in the implementation of the regulated contact between a parent and a child” was held. The two-day event was organised by the representation of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in Burgas, i.e. the Social Support Centre - Burgas, directed by Maria Atanasova. More than 40 representatives of social service providers...
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meeting-on-new-alternative-recommendations-within-the-european-semesterOn September 24, 2015, in the national office of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) a meeting on the new alternative recommendations within the European Semester took place. Representatives of municipalities, social service providers, non-governmental organisations, labour law experts, etc. took part in the discussion. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, welcomed the participants and made an overview of NASO’s work on the European Semester mechanism in the last two years and the need of making alternative recommendations on behalf of the civil sector. NASO’s...
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sixth-congress-of-families-of-persons-with-mental-disordersOn September 19 and 20, 2015, in Sofia, the Sixth Congress of the Families of Persons with Mental Disorders took place. The Congress was organised by EUFAMI (European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness) and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was a partner of the event. The motto of the Congress was "When East meets West - Families in the heart of Europe" and its main focus was on the role of families in the process of re-socialisation and support of people with mental disorders. The event was attended by over 130 delegates from Finland, France,...
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On September 18, 2015 in Sofia, a meeting between experts of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the EUFAMI (European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness) Board was held. The mission of EUFAMI is to represent all family members of persons affected by serious mental disorders and diseases at European level to protect and promote their rights and interests.The reason for the meeting was the forthcoming during the next two days Sixth Congress of EUFAMI under the motto "When East meets West - Families in the heart of Europe" in the organisation of...
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After a short summer break, on September 17, 2015, the first autumn edition of the National Advisory Centre of Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) and National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) took place. The expert discussion was focused on questions related to the work of specialists in the field of social services for children and families. Among the topics discussed the procedure for work with children with an undetermined status – mainly children of foreign origin, who do not have a legal status for living in the country, was brought up. It was claimed that those children are...
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On September 12, 2015, at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, a regular meeting of the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities (NCIPD) was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) participated as a regular member. The meeting was chaired and opened by Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy.The agenda included consideration and discussion of the Draft Decree of the Council of Ministers for amending and supplementing the Regulations of Organisation and Operation of the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities and...
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After a consultation with its members, National Alliance of Social Responsibility (NASO) presented a united statement on the Draft National Programme for Child Protection 2015. The Draft National Programme emphasizes on activities aimed at reducing child poverty and creating conditions for social inclusion of children, improving the health of children and ensuring equal access to quality pre-school and school education. Within the programme, special attention is also placed on activities related to the implementation of measures for child protection and financial support in the context of the...
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On September 3rd and 4th, 2015, in Nessebar, a national specialized training “Practical guidelines on identifying pathological changes, conducting consultations and preparing individual plans for children and persons with disabilities. The role of the individual team members” took place. The event was organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in order to meet the needs of social service experts for up-to-date and in-depth information and practical training on topics related to improving the quality of social services. The training participants were welcomed by...
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In July and August 2015, the President and members of the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) conducted a series of meetings with current and future members and partners of the Alliance in different cities of the country. During these meetings, topics related to the partnership between the organizations working in the social sector, the future development of social services and corporate social responsibility, as well as the expansion of the number of employers hiring persons with disabilities were discussed. Additionally, questions regarding the future development of NASO, the...
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On August 21th, 2015 in Sofia, a meeting between the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the Complex for Social Services for Children and Families – Plovdiv took place. Veselina Boteva participated in the meeting as a member of NASO’s Board and Director of the Social Policy Department at the Municipality of Plovdiv. Within the discussion held, a wide range of questions related to the partnership between the Complex for Social Services for Children and Families and NASO were raised, including future common activities, support actions for the development of the...
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At the beginning of the year, a meeting with representatives of the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI) was held, during which grounds of partnership between the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and the EUFAMI was started. EUFAMI is an umbrella organization representing members from 28 countries and which works for the development of the capacity of families to support the full realisation of people with mental illness. During a meeting held at the end of August, the EUFAMI Congress in Sofia was discussed, in which NASO will...
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On July 27, 2015, in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the first annual meeting of the National Council on questions related to social inclusion was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) took part in it as a regular member. The meeting was opened by Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, who presented the agenda – consideration of an Action Plan on the implementation of the National Strategy for Poverty Reduction and Promotion of Social Inclusion 2020 in the period 2015-2016. The Action Plan for the next two years includes several priority axes...
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On July 22 and 23, 2015, National Alliance for Social Responsibility took part in a two-day conference on “New employment opportunities for persons with disabilities” in the town of Karlovo. The forum was organized by Municipal Agency for Sustainable Development – Karlovo and Sopot Complex for Social Services within a project funded under the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. Representatives of regional and municipal administrations, social service providers and NGOs were among the participants. During the introductory part of the conference, Municipal Agency for Sustainable...
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stronger-together-forum-in-yambolOn July 9 and 10, 2015 the representatives of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in the District of Yambol – Social Services Complex for Children and Adults – hosted a two-day event as a part of the regular meetings “Stronger Together”. Since 2014 the latter were organized in partnership and with the support of NASO. The topic of the 2015 meetings is “Sharing of good practices – a way to increasing the social service quality”. More than 80 social service experts from throughout the whole country took part in the forum in July 2015. The...
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On July 10, 2015, in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the last meeting of the interinstitutional working group which developed the Action Plan for 2015-2016 on the National Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria for Reducing Poverty and Promoting Social Inclusion was held. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) participated in the meeting as a regular member of the working group. The meeting was opened by Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy. He explained that the targeted date for the finalisation of the Action Plan was 15 July 2015, whereby all...
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advisory-centre-of-naso-and-asa-2On July 9, 2015, in Sofia, the sixth session of the Advisory Centre of the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA) and the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. The Advisory Centre gives an opportunity to discuss and resolve specific issues, and provides assistance and methodological support to service providers across the country. The focus during the last meeting was on the Centres for social rehabilitation and integration, whereby the questions raised were answered by Albena Topalova, Expert at the Social Service for Children Directorate, and by Maria Siderova, Expert at the...
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seminar-on-social-entrepreneurship-implementation-at-centres-for-social-rehabilitation-and-integration-in-lovech On July 7, 2015, in Lovech, a seminar on “Social entrepreneurship implementation at Centres for social rehabilitation and integration” took place. It was a part of the annual programme of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) and was organised in a partnership with the representatives of NASO in Lovech - Civil Initiatives Association. The social entrepreneurship and the policies for encouraging and developing the social economics in Bulgaria are among the priority topics which NASO works actively on. Participants from throughout the whole country took part in the...
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krisia-todorova-and-seven-eight-production-company-received-grand-prizes-for-their-contribution-to-the-social-development-of-bulgariaOn July 3, 2015 in the bTV building two Grand Prizes were awarded by National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) for contributions to the social development of Bulgaria. The first award in Arts and Culture Category was bestowed upon the talented Bulgarian children Krisia, Hasan and Ibrahim for their outstanding success in the 2014 Junior Eurovision Contest where Bulgaria was ranked second thanks to their incredibly meaningful performance, which NASO recognizes as a message to all Bulgarian citizens and to the Bulgarian state in general. Hasan and Ibrahim had already received their award on...
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On July 3, 2015 in Sofia, a working meeting between Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, and Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. The aim of the meeting was to have an interim discussion at the end of the first half of this year’s partnership development between NASO and the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. In the beginning of the year, NASO presented to the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy a list of key priorities for partnership and the development of regulations as well as for making decisions on...
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On July 2, 2015 in Sofia, a working meeting between Tsvetan Simeonov, President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Georgi Georgiev, President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), took place. The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the 28 Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry are united within a common system of the Bulgarian Chambers of Commerce and Industry, which has a membership of approximately 53 000 traders, associations, etc. The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is one of the oldest non-governmental organizations in the country...
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social-services-forum-in-blagoevgradOn June 30, 2015 a regional forum of social services with the topic “Reaching-out partnership – a guarantee for the quality of social services” took place in the Municipality of Blagoevgrad. It was organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility in partnership with the Municipality of Blagoevgrad. The meeting was opened with greetings to the participants by Zornitsa Kraleva, Deputy Mayor of Blagoevgrad. During her speech, she emphasized the importance of partnerships as a guarantee for the success of social policies and expressed her belief in the usefulness of such...
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From June 24 to 26, 2015 Troyan Monastery an exchange of experience and best practices between the teams providing social service of Centre for social rehabilitation and integration in North Bulgaria was held. Twenty-eight specialists from Vidin, Lom, Dimovo, Veliko Turnovo and Pavlikeni - managers, social workers, physical therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, educators and others, attended the meeting. NASO representative offices in Vidin and Veliko Tarnovo initiated and organized the event. The purpose of the meeting was representing the activities and services which each CSRI...
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On June 26, 2015 in Sofia National Alliance for Social Responsibility participated in a discussion on European decisions against informal economy. “Undeclared employment is extremely sharp issue for all European countries. From one side, syndicates point out the so called social dumping - cheap labor force that is coming from Eastern Europe underbids the labour market and this creates pressure," said MEP Georgi Pirinski. On the other side, business world believes that companies that use undeclared labour are having huge competitive advantage, as these companies do not pay taxes and social...
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On June 25, 2015 a meeting of the inter-institutional working group, developing the Action Plan under the National Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria to reduce poverty and promote social inclusion was held in the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) attended the meeting as a regular member of the working group. The meeting was opened by Mr. Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy. He thanked for the contribution and proposals about measures and activities offered by the group members and said that unfortunately some proposals...
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2015-06-23-06-38-28 During the First National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services, which took place from June 17 to 19, 2015 at the Melia Grand Hermitage Hotel in Golden Sands Resort, Varna, there was an exhibition area, where nearly 40 social service providers presented the skills and crafts’ abilities of their users. The aim of the exhibition was to enable the visual presentation of social services, their teams and the employment opportunities for their users.At the specially organized stands various products were exposed, such as decoupage pieces of art, posters, paintings, souvenirs, materials made...
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general-assembly-of-naso-and-meeting-of-the-boardOn June 19, 2015 in Golden Sands Resort, Varna, the General Assembly of the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) was held. The agenda included: a 2014 report of the Board, an annual financial report for 2014, setting of priorities for the activities of NASO in 2015, a programme for the development of NASO in the period 2015-2020, setting of a financial budget for 2015, and an election of a new Board of NASO. The General Asembly of NASO was part of the programme of the First National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services organized by NASO.Georgi Filipov, a member of the Board of NASO,...
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naso-annual-awards-for-contribution-to-the-social-development-of-bulgariaDuring the First National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services, which took place from June 17 to 19 2015 at the Melia Grand Hermitage Hotel in Golden Sands, Varna, the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) announced the winners of the annual awards for contribution to the social development of Bulgaria in the NGOs, Arts and Culture, Social Services and Social Entrepreneurship categories. NASO gave awards in the Municipalities category during the Tenth National Forum of Social Service Providers, which took place at the end of April 2015 in Plovdiv. The winners of the prize in the...
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first-national-forum-exhibition-of-social-servicesFrom June 17 to 19, 2015 at Melia Grand Hermitage Hotel in Golden Sands Resort, Varna, the First National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services was held. The event was organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the Municipality of Varna. The forum was the first model of this kind aimed at providing a platform and an opportunity for presenting the social services and the teams behind them. In the spirit of the good tradition...
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On 17 June 2015 in Varna, during the First National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services, a discussion of the recommendations to Bulgaria within the mechanism of the European Semester took place. The forum was organized by the National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO) in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and the Municipality of Varna.The discussion of the recommendations within the mechanism of the European Semester is an initiative of the European Association of Service Providers...
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youngest-bochko-participant-award-goes-to-3-years-old-from-stara-zagoraToday, on July 16, Bochko announces its special award – for the youngest participant in the NASO’s Children and the Future of Bulgaria Contest. The award is for Rosen Krosnev, 3 years old, from Stara Zagora. "As the youngest participant, Rosen deserves big encouragement. Furthermore, the drawing is very colorful and we liked it a lot," said Bochko team.As already announced yesterday, the other winners of Bochko awards in the online voting are: Anna Ivanova, 12 years old, from Pernik with 347 likes (http://on.fb.me/1JSoHpn), Tony Staleva, 15 years old, from Svilengrad with 319 likes...
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jury-announced-the-winners-in-naso-s-children-and-the-future-of-bulgaria-contestNASO’s Children and the Future of Bulgaria Contest has finished. Online voting where awards have been provided by Bochko has set five winners received most likes from the audience. This baby-care brand has earned parents’ trust in offering an extremely wide range of quality baby-care and child-care products for more than 20 years. The children with most likes are: Anna Ivanova, 12 years old, from Pernik, Toni Staleva, 15 years old and Todor Todorov, 14 years old, both of them from the Daily Centre for Children with Disabilities "Hope", Svilengrad, Alexandra Tsvetkova, 7,5 years old...
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The fifth session of Advisory Centre of National Alliance for Social Responsibility and the Agency for Social Assistance took place on 11th June. The Advisory Centre gives an opportunity of discussing and solving different cases and ensuring cooperation and methodical support to service providers across the country. The focus of the last session was on the work and service provision of Family accommodation centers. The discussion covered the procedures and measures for the prevention of child abandonment and their institutionalization as well as children reintegration back in the community. and it...
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forum-on-creating-supportive-environment-for-vulnerable-groups-in-targovishteOn 5 June 2015, a National Forum on Creating a Supportive Environment for Vulnerable Groups by Providing Community-Based Services & Sharing Best Practices was held in Targovishte, organized by Targovishte Association for Mental Health, the NASO regional Representation, in partnership with Targovishte Municipality. The opening of the Forum was preceded by a meeting of Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, with the NASO regional members, aimed at strengthening the ties of solidarity and friendship between organizations that are part of the NASO family.Emine Yakubova, Deputy Mayor of Targovishte,...
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naso-has-participated-in-a-ep-debateAs part of a Bulgarian delegation to the European Parliament NASO participated in a series of meetings and events on Tackling the Challenges regarding Undeclared Work held in Brussels on 3-4 June 2015. Besides NASO, the Bulgarian delegation consisted of representatives of local authorities, trade unions and employers' organizations, NGOs and experts on socio-economic issues. Keynote speakers were MEPs Georgi Pirinski (Bulgaria), Iliana Yotova (Bulgaria), Maria Grapini (Romania), Maria Arena (Belgium), as well as representatives of employers' organizations and trade unions. Luk Zelderloo, Secretary...
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children-s-happening-on-we-are-children-of-bulgaria-organized-by-nasoOn the occasion of the International Children's Day, June 1, NASO in cooperation with the Social Policies Directorate of Sofia Municipality organized Children’s Happening on We are Children of Bulgaria that was part of the NASO’s National Drawing Contest on Children and the Future of Bulgaria. About 100 children from Social Services Centres and mainstream schools in Sofia were engaged in artistic pursuits. There was a jolly atmosphere created by the joint efforts of NASO partners and companies supporting the NASO’s cause that provided the children with light refreshments,...
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closing-conference-on-new-beginning-launch-of-innovative-social-services-for-persons-with-disabilities-projectOn 27 May 2015, the Closing Conference on New Beginning: Launch of Innovative Social Services for Persons with Disabilities Project took place at Petya Dubarova Hall in the Maritime Casino Cultural Centre, Burgas. The 24-month project (1 June 2013 to 31 May 2015) was run by the Social Centre Burgas Association in partnership with ADO Icarus, Belgium, and Burgas Municipality. Among the official guests at the Conference were As. Prof. Turmanova, Deputy Governor of Burgas, Dr. L. Manuelyan, Deputy Mayor of Burgas Municipality, Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, and Iliana Gabeva, Municipal...
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art-therapy-workshop-in-silistraOn 26-27 May an Art Therapy Workshop took place at Vienna Hotel in Silistra, organized by Saprichastie Foundation, the NASO Representation for Silistra, following the 2015 NASO Work Programme. There was an attendance of 25 specialists working in CSRI, Old People’s Homes, and Sheltered Housing Centres from a number of towns and villages. After opening the meeting, Krasimira Georgieva, President of Saprichastie Foundation, placed emphasis on the fact that the NASO Work Programme encompasses a wide variety of events which enables the specialists working in the social sector to increase their...
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On 27 May 2015, Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities Zornitsa, NASO Representation in Vratsa, hosted a seminar on Methods for Providing Sheltered Housing for Persons with Mental Health Problems, organized by NASO and attended by specialists and staff members of Sheltered Housing Centres from a number of Bulgarian towns and villages.The seminar programme was aimed at supporting specialists working in Sheltered Housing Centres and providing information about mental disorders, their variety of forms and symptoms, methods for working with clients with mental illness, techniques for improving...
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On 26 May 2015, a seminar on Approaches and Methods for Working in Day Care Centres for Children with Disabilities was held in Vratsa, organized jointly by NASO and its Representation in Vratsa, Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities Zornitsa. Team members working in DCC for Children with Disabilities from a number of towns participated in the event during which there were exchange of experience and presentations of best practices and special methods and approaches to working with children with disabilities. Special attention was paid to innovative techniques and methods of working with...
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On 25 May 2015, Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, met with Ivanka Sotirova, Deputy Mayor of Stara Zagora, and Dr. Antonia Todorova, Head of Healthcare and Social Work Department at Stara Zagora Municipality. During the meeting, once again Mr. Georgiev congratulated Stara Zagora Municipality on winning the NASO National Award for contribution to the social development in Bulgaria in Social Innovation Category. In this regard, a discussion took place on the efforts of the City Administration to implement innovative social services tailored to the local residents’ needs.The talks held were...
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conference-on-social-services-for-children-in-small-communitiesOn 25 May 2015, the Regional Administration Stara Zagora hosted a conference on problems, challenges, and sustainable development of social services for children in small towns and villages, organized by Civil Association Alternative 55, the NASO Representation in Stara Zagora, under the auspices of the Regional Administration Stara Zagora and NASO. The event is part of the activities under the Improving Community-Based Social Services for Early Childhood Mental Health Intervention Project, funded by the Swiss Confederation, through the Civil Society Development Fund. There was an attendance of...
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national-training-on-legal-framework-for-organizing-and-managing-social-servicesOn 21-22 May 2015, a National Training on Legal Framework for Organizing and Managing Social Services was held in Sofia, run by NASO following its annual programme for training and increasing capacity in social service providers. The training course delivered by Nina Kancheva, Expert-in-Chief of Child Protection Department at the Child Protection Directorate, and Margarita Disheva, Expert-in-Chief of Social Services for Adults Department at the General Directorate of Social Assistance, was attended by specialists working in various centres providing social services for children and adults.The...
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bochko-is-supporting-naso-s-children-and-the-future-of-bulgaria-contestBochko, a baby-care and child-care products company, has announced its support for the NASO’s Children and the Future of Bulgaria Contest and has undertaken to provide awards for the Contest’s online voting that is already running on the NASO Facebook page, namely 5 sets of Bochko products for the first 5 drawings having the most likes. A special award for the youngest participant, determined by Bochko, will be further announced.This baby-care brand has earned parents’ trust in offering an extremely wide range of quality baby-care and child-care products for more than 20 years....
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On 18-19 May 2015, NASO participated in a two-day Forum on Discover Social Entrepreneurs around the World in Brussels, Belgium, organized by Eurodiaconia, ENSIE, and EASPD. During the first day of the Forum participants from different European countries, viz. Britain, Ireland, France, Austria, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, and others, presented country-specific experience in launching, developing and ensuring the sustainability of social enterprises. The Forum’s second day was focused on presentations and discussions on the major role played by social enterprises in...
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regional-social-service-providers-forum-in-mineralni-baniA Regional Social Service Providers Forum was held in the spa village of Mineralni Bani, Haskovo Region, on 13 May 2015, organized by Chance and Protection Association, the NASO Representation in Haskovo, and Mineralni Bani Municipality. The event was attended by representatives of the Regional Directorate for Social Assistance, regional service providers and social service specialists, municipalities, NGOs, and Community Centres.After opening the Forum, Georgi Georgiev, Presient of NASO, outlined the top priorities in the 2015 NASO Work Programme aimed at supporting regional social service...
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The fourth session of ASA and NASO’s National Advisory Centre took place in Sofia on 14 May 2015. The Advisory Centre is carried out monthly and it is a result of the established partnership between NASO and the ASA, enabling service providers across the country to exchange information, solve particular cases and receive assistance and support. The focus of attention at the fourth session was on the work and activities of the Community Support Centres and the Social Service Centres. Questions and issues brought up were answered by Margarita Disheva, Expert-in-Chief of Social Services for...
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kristalina-georgieva-has-met-with-naso-representative-for-dobrichOn 11 May 2015, during her working visit to Dobrich, Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Ivan Todorov, NASO representative for Dobrich and President of Hobisklub, and Detelina Nikolova, Mayor of Dobrich. Mr. Todorov presented the main problems faced by persons with disabilities in their daily living. In response, Ms. Georgieva said, “In a sense we are all equal”, and added that a considerable amount of EU funds under the Operational Programmes and the Structural Funds are designed for integration of persons with disabilities.The other topics of...
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deputy-prime-minister-ivaylo-kalfin-has-visited-naso-representation-in-lovechOn 11 May 2015, Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of LSP, visited the Centre for Social Rehabilitation and Integration in Lovech, managed by Civil Initiatives Lovech Association, which is the NASO Representation in the region. During the visit, Minister Kalfin gave high praise to the facilities and services provided. The Centre for Social Rehabilitation and Integration, built in 2012, has three rooms designed for particular activities: a kitchenette used as both a café and a lounge, an office, and an art studio. These rooms are used by specialists to work with persons with...
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On 11 May 2015, the MLSP hosted a roundtable on Analysis of Bulgarian Quality Standards in Social Services for Senior Citizens that involved representatives of NASO and experts from the Agency for Social Assistance, the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Bulgarian Red Cross, Sofia Municipality, and NGOs. The discussion, organized by ASA, was opened by Venelina Bogdanova, Project Coordinator. Branimira Vezhdarova, Researcher, announced the survey results of the country’s quality standards in social services for older people. The provision of 130 social services for senior citizens in...
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An off-site meeting of the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities was held in Pravets on 8 May 2015 in which NASO took part in its capacity as regular member organization for persons with disabilities. After opening the event, Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of LSP, laid out the key documents included in the meeting’s agenda, viz. the 2015-2020 Action Plan of the Republic of Bulgaria for implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Ordinance amending and supplementing Ordinance No. 1 of 23/01/2009 for education of children with...
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three-social-inclusion-operations-under-hrd-op-launched-in-mayThree operations under the social inclusion priority axis of the HRD OP 2014-2020 that are worth about 204 million levs are being launched in May 2015, announced Zornitsa Rusinova, Deputy Minister of LSP, at the 10th National Forum of Social Service Providers held in Plovdiv on 28-30 April 2015. She added that the biggest budget of 150 million levs would be allotted to Independent Living Operation. It is expected that the projects under these interventions will target 16,000 persons with disabilities and persons over age 65 unable to take care of themselves who get help in their daily living by...
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naso-annual-awards-for-contribution-to-social-developmentThe NASO Annual Awards for contribution to social development were announced and given within the 10th National Forum of Social Service Providers that took place in Plovdiv on 28-30 April 2015.The winners of the 2015 Grand Award for contribution to social development are Veliko Tarnovo Municipality and Ruse Municipality. A special diploma and an honorary plaque were awarded to Veliko Tarnovo Municipality that were accepted by Rositsa Dimitrova, Director of Social Work and Healthcare Directorate, who thanked NASO for joining up all actors involved in the social sector 10 years already and helping...
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10th-national-forum-of-social-service-providersThe event, organized by NASO in partnership with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria (NAMRB), the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), and Plovdiv Municipality, was held in Plovdiv on 28-30 April 2015. Since its launching nine years ago, the Forum has joined up the parties involved actively in implementing social policies and social services in Bulgaria, and following in the tradition this year it was attended by representatives of all actors responsible for planning and...
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national-meeting-of-naso-representationsPreceding the 10th National Forum of Social Service Providers, the first 2015 national meeting of NASO Representations took place in Plovdiv on 28 April. Currently, NASO has 32 regional offices throughout the country, and most of them sent their representatives to the event that was also attended by some regular members of NASO and team members of its structures, namely the National Centre for Information and Analysis, the National Centre for Social Services and Development, and the National Programming and Training Centre.After welcoming the attendees, Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO,...
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invitation-national-social-service-providers-forum-exhibition   MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL POLICYEUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIESNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY   INVITATION TO NATIONAL SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS FORUM & EXHIBITION   MELIA GRAND HERMITAGE HOTEL GOLDEN SANDS – VARNA17-19 JUNE 2015 Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We would like to invite you to participate in the National Social Service Providers Forum & Exhibition, organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), and...
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naso-is-launching-children-and-the-future-of-bulgaria-contestWe are pleased to inform you that NASO has launched a drawing contest on Children and the Future of Bulgaria on 24 April 2015. All small and older children wishing to participate in the contest are invited to send their drawings on Children and the Future of Bulgaria, and if they wish they could add a brief description of how their drawings depict their view on children’s participation in the future of Bulgaria. Reflecting the NASO’s view that children are vital to the nation's present and its future, part of the activities carried out for achieving our mission to contribute to living...
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The following meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group, aiming to table amendments to the Employment Promotion Act, was held on 23 April 2015. Acting in its capacity as a regular member of the Working Group, NASO took part in a discussion on clarification of the proposals for introducing supported employment put forward by the National Alliance which, at the request of the WG membership, developed and submitted an additional rationale for Supported Employment Position, including the parameters of financial benefits and demonstrating the modern approaches supporting the view that social...
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training-seminar-on-tolerance-and-preventing-discriminationOn 21 April 2015, a Training Seminar on Tolerance and Preventing Discrimination against people with disabilities, refugees and other vulnerable groups took place in Pazardzhik, organized by the NASO Representation in Pazardzhik, Crime Prevention Fund - IGA. The event was attended by regional social service specialists, NASO members and other stakeholders.Welcome speech at the opening was delivered by Dimitria Tserova, Director of Social Affairs Directorate to Pazardzhik Municipality. She emphasized that Pazardzhik Municipality developed a policy of partnership with NGOs and that all social service...
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On 17 April 2015 Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, visited Nesebar Municipality and met with representatives of the municipal administration. They held talks on social services development, the capacity of municipalities to initiate, introduce and implement new social services, including social services funded by their own budgets, and the significance of the partnership between NASO and Nesebar Municipality in supporting innovative solutions and achieving better results to provide better services. Within the meeting, the NASO Board’s decision to open a new office in Nesebar was discussed...
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naso-has-awarded-karnobat-municipalityOn 17 April 2015 a conference on Support for Employment: Job Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, organized jointly by NASO and Karnobat Municipality, was held in Karnobat. Among the conference’s guests were representatives of the municipal administration, NGOs, the business sector, and people with disabilities. They were welcomed by Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, and Georgi Dimitrov, Mayor of Karnobat, who outlined the main trends in the social sector development and presented the best social practices in Karnobat Municipality, noting that the local social service structures...
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The third meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group, aiming to table amendments to the Employment Promotion Act, took place on 16 April 2015. NASO took part in the meeting as a regular member of the Working Group. Within the meeting, various proposals on disability employment were considered, but the focus of attention was on the NASO proposals and working papers on introducing and implementing supported employment that were highly evaluated in terms of their thoroughness, argumentation and richness in content, and, as a result, were given support for further development. It was pointed out...
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On 16 April 2015 the third session of ASA and NASO’s National Advisory Centre took place in Sofia. The Advisory Centre is carried out monthly and it is a result of the established partnership between NASO and the ASA, enabling service providers across the country to exchange information, solve particular cases and receive assistance and support. The focus of attention at the third session was on services for older people. Questions and issues brought up were answered by Margarita Disheva, Expert-in-Chief of Social Services for Adults Department at the General Directorate of Social...
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forum-on-partnership-quality-assurance-of-social-services-in-plevenOn 8 April 2015 a Regional Social Service Providers Forum on Partnership: Quality Assurance of Social Services was held in Pleven. The meeting, organized by the NASO Representation in Pleven, Community Support Centre, together with Pleven Municipality, was attended by representatives of regional municipalities, the Pleven Regional Directorate for Social Assistance, the Medical College to the Pleven Medical University, and specialists from different social service structures in the region.The attendees were welcomed by Damyanka Vladimirova, Deputy Mayor of Pleven, who stressed that partnership is a...
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regional-social-service-providers-forum-in-razgradA regional forum of social service providers took place on 30 March 2015 in Razrad, organized by the NASO’s regional representations – Zhaneta Association and Day Care Centre for Adults with Disabilities “Give me your hand”, together with Razgrad Municipality. The meeting was attended by representatives of social service providers, municipal administrations, and NGOs from the region. On the behalf of Razgrad Municipality welcome speech was given by Neli Dobreva, Secretary of Razgrad Municipality. Special guest speaker at the forum was Hasan Ademov, Chair of the Labour,...
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naso-has-participated-in-iv-european-forum-on-social-entrepreneurshipOn 26-29 March 2015 the Fourth European Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, organized within the EU Programme for the Competitiveness of SMEs (COSME), was held in Plovdiv in the form of an International Fair of Enterprises and Cooperatives in Social Economy, a European Conference on Social Entrepreneurship for Growth and Jobs, and round tables on topical issues relating to the social economy. The Fair was opened by Ivaylo Kalfin, the Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, who stressed the fact that Bulgaria had already developed various strategic plan papers to...
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seminar-on-social-entrepreneurship-opportunities-for-development-and-changeA seminar on Social Entrepreneurship: Opportunities for Development and Change, organized by NASO and its representation in Veliko Tarnovo, the Centre for Social Rehabilitation and Integration (CSRI) for adults with disabilities, was held on 24 March 2015 at Veliko Tarnovo University. The meeting was attended by VT University’s students from the following academic disciplines: Social Entrepreneurship, Social Work, and Psychology, as well as by social service providers and NASO’s members from the towns of Veliko Tarnovo, Razgrad, and Pleven.During the seminar presentations were given on...
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workshop-on-sex-education-and-children-with-disabilities-in-banskoOn 20-21 March 2015 a workshop on Sex Education and Children with Disabilities was organized by NASO and its representative for Bansko, Day Care Centre for Children with Disabilities Zdravets and Day Care Centre for Adults with Disabilities - Weekly Care that hosted the training event. It was attended by experts from several regional service provider organizations for children with disabilities. The training topic was chosen at the request of social service providers from the region, which was performed in keeping with one of the main tasks of the 2015 NASO Programme of supporting its members and...
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On 19 March 2015 the second meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group, aiming to table amendments to the Bulgarian Employment Promotion Act, was held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Sofia. Acting in its capacity as the largest Bulgarian organization working actively on disability employment in recent years, NASO took part in the meeting as a regular member of the Working Group. During the meeting a discussion took place on the proposals submitted by various institutions and the WG members in relation to amendments to Employment Promotion. NASO also put forward concrete...
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The second session of the National Advisory Centre, launched jointly by NASO and the ASA, took place on 19 March 2015 in Sofia. The Advisory Centre is carried out monthly and it is a result of the established partnership between NASO and the ASA, enabling service providers across the country to exchange information, solve particular cases and receive assistance and support. The topic of the second session was Accommodation Centres of Family Type and Old People’s Homes. The meeting was attended by service providers, social service experts, and representatives of municipal authorities....
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eyd2015-conferenceThe Bulgarian launch of the European Year for Development 2015 was marked with a conference held on 19 March. Opened by Mr. Daniel Mitov, Bulgarian Minister of Foreign Affairs, the conference was attended by representatives of local and national authorities, NGOs, the corporate sector, as well as by a representative of the National Alliance for Social Responsibility. A video address to the audience was given by the European Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva, and welcome speeches were delivered by Mr. Ognian Zlatev, Head of the EC Representation in Bulgaria, Mr. Teodor Stoychev, Head...
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ncipd-second-meetingOn 17 March 2015 the second meeting of the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities (NCIPD) took place at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. The National Alliance for Social Responsibility in its capacity as regular member attended the meeting that was opened by Mr. Lazar Lazarov, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy and Vice-President of the NCIPD.The Council’s members discussed and approved a 2014 Draft Annual Report on the implementation of the 2014-215 Action Plan for ensuring equal opportunities for people with disabilities. The period under review...
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seminar-on-social-project-development-and-management-under-hrd-op-2014-2020-in-sofiaOn 17-18 March 2015 a training seminar on Social Project Development and Management under HRD OP 2014-2020, organized by NASO, was held in the building of Sofia Municipality. Representatives of social service providers, municipalities, NGOs and other stakeholders from across the country took part in the event. A similar seminar already took place on 26-27 February in Varna as the first such event of the 2015 Work Programme of the NASO’s new structure – the National Programming and Training Centre that organizes and implements flexible, modular social training programmes and supports...
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On 16 March 2015 a preliminary meeting of the Monitoring Committee of the Rural Development Programme was held in Sofia. The National Alliance for Social Responsibility was present in its capacity as regular member. The meeting was opened by Mr. Vasil Grudev, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food and Chair of the MC. A discussion took place on the internal rules for determining the work of the Monitoring Committee and the evaluation criteria for project proposals under the Sub-Measure 19.1 Support for preparatory activities. Special guests were the representatives of the Directorate-General for...
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stronger-together-forumThe first 2015 Forum in the series of Stronger Together events took place on 12-13 March at the Complex for Social Services to Children and Adults – Yambol. Since 2014 the Stronger Together Forums have been held in partnership with the National Alliance for Social Responsibility, and since this year it has been decided the meetings to be run as a two-day programme.The first programme’s day focused on a meeting of the NASO’s regional members on the topic of Social Rehabilitation: Real Need or Modern Social Term, which not only contributed to the consolidation of local partnership...
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On 5 March 2015 Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, met with Dr. Krasimir Mirev, Mayor of Targovishte, Ms. Zlatka Ivanova, and Ms. Svetlana Trifonova, Vice-President of Targovishte Association for Mental Health, regional representative of NASO.A discussion took place on a wide range of issues related to the partnership between Targovishte Municipality and the NASO’s regional representative aimed at implementing active social policies and improving social services provision. Taking into consideration the national processes and trends in developing social services, attention was paid to...
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The first working meeting of the NASO’s members from Targovishte Region was held in the town of Targovishte. The event was opened by Dr. Elena Marinova, President of Targovishte Association for Mental Health, who said, “I’m pleased that our Association has joined the NASO’s large family, an organization having extensive experience, excellent expertise and great prestige, gained from doing a lot of work in favour of people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. By mingling together the capacity of the civil power and the creativity of active people, we become...
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On 24 February 2015 a team of NASO members took part in a training seminar on the Natural Persons and Support Measures Bill, published on the website of the Ministry of Justice. This Bill was drafted in accordance with the requirements for amending legislation complying with the standards established in Article 12 of the UNCRPD, adopted by the Council of Ministers in 2012. The training seminar, organized by the Bulgarian Centre for Not-for-profit Law within the Next Step Programme, was aimed to clarify the reasoning and the main points of the Bill in terms of the standards and requirements of...
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seminar-on-social-project-development-and-management-under-operational-programmesA two-day training seminar on Social Project Development and Management under HRD OP 2014-2020 and EC Programmes, organized by NASO, was held on 26 February 2015 in Varna. The event was attended by representatives of social service providers, municipalities, NGOs and other stakeholders from Eastern Bulgaria, namely the regions of Haskovo, Burgas, Sliven, Varna, Dobrich, Silistra, Ruse, Shumen, Razgrad, Stara Zagora.Being part of the 2015 Work Programme of the NASO’s new structure – the National Programming and Training Centre that organizes and implements flexible, modular social...
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seminar-on-revoking-guardianship-procedures-to-persons-with-disabilitiesOn 24 February 2015 a seminar on Prohibition: Revoking Guardianship Procedures to Persons with Disabilities in Social Welfare Activities was held in Veliko Tarnovo. The event, organized by NASO through its representative for Veliko Tarnovo – the CSRI for Adults and Young People with Disabilities, was opened by Ms. Margarita Sarieva, Manager of the CSRI, who presented the activities of the Centre and summarized the seminar’s objectives. Among the participants at the seminar were representatives of social service structures across the country, VT District Court, VT Regional Court, and VT...
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forum-on-challenges-with-the-development-of-social-services-integrated-servicesOn 25 February 2015 a forum on Challenges with the Development of Social Services: Integrated Services was held at the building of Vidin Municipality. The event, organized jointly by NASO, Vidin Municipality, and Support for Realization Foundation, a regional representative of NASO, was attended by representatives of municipal and regional administrations, service providers, experts in social services and NGOs from Vidin Region.Ms. Borislava Borisova, Deputy Mayor of Vidin, welcomed the guests and pointed out that this type of meetings, organized by NASO, became traditional for the region and...
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naso-presented-good-practice-in-partnership-networkingA seminar on exchange of good practices in building networks of social service providers and NGOs in Targovishte Region took place on 18 February 2015. The event was attended by representatives of municipal and regional administrations, experts from Social Assistance Directorates, Regional Health Inspection Agencies, the Bulgarian Red Cross, and NGOs.During the seminar, Ms. Zlatka Ivanova from Targovishte Association for Mental Health, a regional representative of NASO, introduced the NASO’s good practice in creating a national network of social service providers and other organizations...
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opening-naso-and-asa-s-national-advisory-centreThe National Advisory Centre, launched jointly by NASO and the Agency for Social Assistance (ASA), was opened on 17 February at the National Office of NASO in Sofia. “Carrying out monthly advisory sessions is a direct result of the established partnership agreement between NASO and the ASA, and it will enable service providers to exchange information,” Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, addressed the guests. The ASA accepted the NASO’s idea of a series of regular meetings and consultations to coordinate activities, bring up questions about problems faced with in the social...
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invitation-to-10th-national-forum-of-social-service-providers MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND SOCIAL POLICYEUROPEAN ASSOCIATION OF SERVICE PROVIDERS FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIESNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITYPLOVDIV MUNICIPALITY   INVITATION TO 10th NATIONAL FORUM OF SOCIAL SERVICE PROVIDERS ON CHALLENGES FACING LOCAL AUTHORITIES IN PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING SOCIAL SERVICES   IMPERIAL HOTEL – PLOVDIV28-30 APRIL 2015 Dear Ladies and Gentlemen, We would like to invite you to participate in the 10th National Forum of Social Service Providers, organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the European Association of...
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On 11 February 2015 representatives of NASO met with heads of the Municipal Administration and the regional social service structures at the building of Nova Zagora Municipality. The attendees were welcomed by Ms. Svetla Stoyanova, Deputy Mayor of Nova Zagora, who outlined the main characteristics of regional services and expressed the view that there was a need of openness and partnership for their development. Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, presented the latest trends in the NASO development and placed emphasis on some of its activities that would be useful for the improvement of social...
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On 6 February 2015 the first meeting of the Interdepartmental Working Group that will table amendments to the Bulgarian Employment Promotion Act was held at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. NASO was included in the Working Group in its capacity as the largest Bulgarian organization working actively on disability employment in recent years. Furthermore, NASO is the only NGO in the WG membership.The topics for discussion at the meeting were the clarification of main tasks of the WG, the primary objective of the regulatory framework and the areas where amendments would be proposed. The...
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On 5 February 2015 a team of NASO members met with Mr. Kevin Jones, Secretary General of the European Federation of Associations of Families of People with Mental Illness (EUFAMI). The Federation is an umbrella organization representing member associations from 28 countries and working to improve standards of treatment, care and quality of life of people affected by mental illness and their family caregivers. The EUFAMI’s representatives have come to Bulgaria to arrange for a congress aimed at tackling the problems of people with mental illness to be held in Sofia at the end of September.Mr....
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On 2 February 2015 Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, attended a meeting on social inclusion held by a sub-committee to the HRD OP 2014-2020 Monitoring Committee at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. During the meeting, projects within the New Alternatives Operation and the Independent Living Operation were discussed and approved. These activities aim at improving the access of people with disabilities and people over the age of 65 unable to take care of themselves to social inclusion and health care, as the primary beneficiary of New Alternatives is the Agency for Social Assistance in...
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On 22 January 2015 the first meeting of the National Council for Integration of Persons with Disabilities, chaired by Mr. Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, took place at the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy. Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, also took part in the meeting as a regular member of the Council and wished the new NCIPD membership success in starting their work.He made some suggestions of crucial importance to the disability sector and pointed out that “the capacity of the NCIPD membership to carry out tasks and take...
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A Bulgarian-German Forum on Social Entrepreneurship – Innovation Portal, organized by the National Alliance for Volunteer Action (NAVA) was held on 27 January 2015. A team of NASO members also took part in the forum. The event was opened by Ms. Reneta Veneva, President of NAVA, who presented the aims of the project engendering the forum. Special guest at the event was Mr. Kalin Kamenov, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, who expressed concern over the negative tendencies among youth, placing emphasis on data from a survey indicating that 67% of young people in the country have said that...
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In the course of the established partnership agreement between the Agency for Social Assistance and the National Alliance for Social Responsibility, as well as on account of the suggestions made by NASO’s members for providing opportunities for regular communication and feedback among service providers and the ASA, NASO arranged for monthly advisory sessions to be carried out with the ASA experts. Service providers will be able to put their questions to the experts involved, present particular cases, receive a formal reply to their inquiries, and make proposals for improving the current...
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naso-participates-in-hrd-op-2014-2020-launchingAn Information Day on launching the Human Resources Development Operational Programme 2014-2020 took place on 15 January 2015 in Plovdiv, organized by the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, acting in its capacity as HRD OP Managing Authority, in accordance with Regulation No 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council related to information and communication rules. NASO also took part in the event which was opened by Mr. Ivaylo Kalfin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Mr. Hasan Ademov, Chair of the Labour, Social and Demographic Policy Committee to the...
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Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, held working meetings with Mr. Plamen Dimitrov, President of the Confederation of Independent Trade Unions in Bulgaria (CITUB), and Mr. Vasil Velev, President of the Bulgarian Industrial Capital Association (BICA). The main topic for discussion at both the meetings was the providing of labour market opportunities for people with disabilities. Some issues related to disability employment were also discussed, such as solving the problems with Territorial Expert Medical Commissions, taking measures to support employers and people with disabilities in their...
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January 12 to 16, 2015, Mr. Georgi Georgiev, President of NASO, held a series of meetings with the Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, the Agency for Social Assistance, the National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria, as well as with the municipalities of Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna and others. Topics for discussion at the meetings were the NASO’s partnership agreements with these institutions and authorities and the schedule of specific commitments to the 2015 NASO Work Programme. A final agreement was reached to hold three national forums on local social policies, social...
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Over 100 representatives of civil society organizations, state institutions and citizens discussed the proposed amendments to the Non-Profit Legal Entities Act (NPLEA), published by the Ministry of Justice for public comment. The meeting was attended by Mr. Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister of EU Funds and Economic Policies, Mr. Hristo Ivanov, Minister of Justice, Atanas Slavov, PhD, Advisor to the Minister, and Maris Jõgeva,CEO of the Network of Estonian Non-Profit Organizations, who presented the Estonian model for cooperation between the civil society organizations and the...
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