Meeting of social service providers in Varna Municipality
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 presented as well as the preparation of activities in 2016. 53 social services are being offered by the Municipality of Varna at the moment, whereby 30 social services are being funded by the state budget and the rest of them - by the city budget. 24 of the services provided are to be used by children and youth, and 29 – by adults. Tanya Vassileva, Head of the Social Service and Project Department, stated that the total budget for social services last year was 13,2 million BGN. The social service representatives of the newly developed social services in 2015 presented their new services, objectives and activities. During a discussion, the participants commented on the development and the quality enhancement of social services in the Municipality of Varna as well as on the forthcoming elaboration of the Social Service Strategy 2016-2020.
The President of National Alliance for Social Responsibility (NASO), Georgi Georgiev, expressed his gratitude for the partnership of the Municipality of Varna as well as his support to the successfully developed model of innovation and partnership for implementing the social programme of the Municipality. The hosting and partnership between NASO and the Municipality of Varna with regard to the implementation of the National Social Service Providers’ Forum in June 2016 in the city of Varna was confirmed.