NASO representation in Targovishe – in partnership with local communities
In the beginning of April 2016 TDPZ – NASO representation for the District of Targovishte, held a series of meetings and discussions in the smaller locations of the district. The common topic of all meetings was “Sustainable partnership for effecting and working local social policies”. These meetings are part of NASO representation 2016 programme and aim to increase the cooperation between the three important pillars of each municipality – local authority, government and non-governmental sector. The meetings were help in the municipalities of Omurtag, Popovo, Antonovo and Opaka whereas deputy mayors, representatives of Social Assistance Directorates, NGOs, members of Public Councils For Social Assistance, social policy experts, social workers and teachers for children with special needs attended this range of meetings.
Ms. Zlatka Ivanova, NASO representative for Targovishte, and Ms. Svetlana Trifonova, vice president of TDPZ, presented NASO priorities and tasks for 2016 as well as the problematic areas on a system level which NASO successfully affects as a respected partner of government and local authorities.
Ms. Ivanova focused on the most important aim of the municipal strategies for social services development, i.e. establishment of local social policies that consider the specifics of local communities and comply with needs of people. Opening new social services in the smaller locations is a great challenge for the municipal administration and it requires new approaches for uniting resources of local community and active partnership between the municipality, Social Assistance Directorate and NGOs within the social sector. In this regard, the effectiveness of the local Public Councils for Social Assistance was discussed and it was pointed out that those councils may be a drive for local level reform. Board range of other matters was covered in the discussion, inclusion lack of social specialists in the smaller locations, uncertainty regarding opening new services, ensuring sustainability of services funded by operative programs, different practical cases, and etc.
The meetings covered all municipalities in the district of Targnovishte and attracted all municipal administrations, social service teams and NGO representatives to NASO activities on international, national and local level. Further initiative, exchanges of experience and best practices, exchange of information and opportunities for teams’ participation in NASO events were agreed. First event of those shall be a national conference on the Quality of Social Services that will be help in May 2016 in the city of Targovishte.