New initiatives in NASO and ASA partnership
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 services, provide methodological guidance and implement national initiatives will be further introduced in 2016. Additionally, the more active participation of NASO and its members in the work on implementing normative changes related to methodologies of social services, standards, etc., was talked through. The suggestion to increase the number of Advisory Center meetings outside the city of Sofia was accepted. Moreover, the participation of ASA in all European and national events of significant importance organized by NASO, including in the European conference “Capacity and access to justice for people with intellectual disabilities” on March 10 and 11, 2016 in the city of Sofia, the 11th National Service Provider Forum on April 13 and 14, 2016 in the city of Veliko Tarnovo, and the Second National Forum / Exhibition of Social Services on June 8 - 10, 2016 in Golden Sands Resort, Varna, was confirmed.