The NASO Awards were given to the honoured municipalities by Ms Nadia Klisurska, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy.
The NASO Awards in the NGOs category were given to:
- For Our Children Foundation for achieving excellence in career development and providing better working conditions for specialists;
- ‘Future for Children’ Association for developing novel approaches and job opportunities;
- Citizens’ Initiatives Association for performing innovative activities with a strong social impact in the state of emergency.
The NASO Awards in the Social Services category were given to
- Centre for Public Support Gulyantsi for an active partnership and social services development;
- Riviera Day Care Centre for Adults with Disabilities for implementing good practices and contributing to social policies and services development;
- Complex for Social Services – Dobrich for successful participation in deinstitutionalization and implementation of good practices.
The awards were given by EASPD Secretary General Luk Zelderloo.
Individual awards were bestowed on Deputy Mayor of Sport, Youth Activities and Social Policy Department to Plovdiv Municipality Georgi Tityukov, NASO expert and its representative for Kardzhali Nermin Mehmed, NASO representative for Nesebar Elena Verimezova, NASO expert Rosen Avramov, and NASO representative for Pazardzhik Valentina Gesheva. The awards were given to the winners by NASO President Georgi Georgiev.
At the gala ceremony Luk Zelderloo, Secretary General of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, was awarded for significant contribution and excellence in social policies development at European level. NASO awarded him the title ‘Ambassador for Partnership and Success’. The NASO Board first decided on bestowing this title on successful and inspiring personalities from Bulgaria and Europe.
Dr Milen Vrabevski, founder and chair of the Bulgarian Memory Foundation, was also honoured with the title ‘Ambassador for Partnership and Success’.