Power of Family and Community Programme is planned as an instrument for empowering parents, families and communities so that they have sufficient knowledge, the skills and the capacity to protect their children from violence and neglect and to provide them with opportunities for full development good prospects for their future. It is a continuation and development of a joint three years programme of Tulip Foundation and Oak Foundation aimed at building the capacity of local civil organisations to support children and families so to prevent violence, maltreatment, neglect and placement of children in social institutions. More information.
The working meeting took place on 21 and 22 July 2020 with the participation of representatives of Future for Krepost Association, Youth and Civil Initiatives in the Rose Valley Association Karlovo, Health and Social Development Foundation Kustendil, that will be funded in the frame of the programme in order to develop the universal service Sure Start Family Centre and Centre Maria in Gorna Oriahovitsa. It was organised with the support of the local Association Future for Children at the Complex for Social Services for Children and Families in Kazanluk. The concept was to assist the colleagues to get to know the model of the universal service on the spot and to see how a family centre functions.
The hosts presented to the participants the daily work at the Sure Start Centre and the local team in Gorno Cherkovichte, the mothers and the children who spend time there. The participants went over the house and learned from the mothers and a few fathers about their needs and expectations in informal conversation. The Mayor of the village Anton Antonov welcomed the whole group and presented his vision about the opportunities for an early childhood development programme for all children and families in the village.
The meeting continued with a detailed presentation of the Sure Start Programme – standards, principles, aims, context, activities and expected results. The representatives of the different organisations worked in small groups on defining aims and results; effect, impact and measurement of impact; identification of indicators and sources of information. The work was accompanied by discussions and sharing of opinions and suggestions about the defined topics.