We All Care

“Social Programme for Providing Services and Support to Children and Young People Leaving Social Care Institutions” supported by the “Velux” Foundation and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Zone Europe is implemented in the period 1 December 2010 – 30 November 2014. The programme includes 2 subprojects to ensure a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, both diversely contributing to the process of deinstitutionalization of children from social care institutions and providing support for better integration of vulnerable youth in the society at large.

Component 1, which aims to enhance understanding of foster care practice and encourage new culture of foster care in Bulgaria, includes following major lines of activity: a baseline study of attitudes, the setting up of a foster care consultation centre, promotion of foster care through the launching of a national information foster care campaign jointly conducted with the Alliance of NGOs supporting the deinstitutionalization, and advocacy vis-à-vis relevant state actors in collaboration with the Alliance of NGOs, to propose legislative amendments encouraging and facilitating foster parenthood. Output of the component includes 15 trained volunteers for the consultation centre; 50 trained volunteers at the community level; 10 interns at the consultation centre; 7 000 – 10 000 people reached through campaigns; 60 consultations per year at the centre; information materials, media coverage and an consultation centre equipped.

Component 2 consists of the establishment of a Protected home for youngsters leaving social care institutions and will be located in the village of Lozen, 15 km East from Sofia, where the National Training Center of the BRC is situated. There are 6 main activities: training life skills, including labour rights; co-operating with the corporate sector to provide training and internships and to identify subsidized temporary housing; continuous education in cooperation with the Employment Agency; making such services available also to non-residents; offering beneficiaries opportunities to participate in BRCY activities such as youth, health promotion and social welfare activities, and first-aid training. It is foreseen that the component will involve 12 to 20 residents per year and approximately 30 trained volunteers per year.

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