About us

FREE YOUTH CENTRE association is a non-government and non-profit organization created in 1997 and registered under Bulgarian legislation in social utility. FYC mission is to support the personal development of the young people in Vidin and Northwestern Bulgaria, as free citizens in a democratic society through involving them in educational programs and community activitiesis. More about us...


11-12.10.2021. The final event of the project "Moving Boundaries for Emergency Volunteering" took place online. The conference reported on the results achieved and discussed issues related to the sustainability of the network of volunteer centers, as well as the future of cross-border cooperation.

07-08.10.2021. With a team meeting in Athens, Greece completed the "Through the Lens of the Other" project. The event was focused on the results achieved and the lessons learned. The film festival "Positively Different" was assessed as a remarkable event, which will continue after the project with even wider participation. See more.

16-18.09.2021. Complex "Ostrova" - Troyan hosted a three-day training of the team of the Centre for Work with Street Children - Vidin, a structure of FYC. The topic of the seminar was counseling as a tool for social work in the light of the new Social Services Law. See more.

10-11.09.2021. The second volunteer action under the project "Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering" took place in the ski resort "Stara Planina" (Babin Zab) in the Republic of Serbia. The activity was attended by 20 young people and youth workers from Bulgaria and Serbia, who had the opportunity to train what they learned in a near real situation. See more.

29-30.08.2021.The first youth volunteer action was organized in Vratsa, Bulgaria- a youth exchange related to the dangers of disasters and accidents for local communities. Simulations and practical exercises on risk assessment and voluntary participation were conducted during the event. 20 young people and youth workers from Bulgaria and Serbia took part in the activity. See more.

16-20.06.2021. The second training for leaders of emergency volunteering clubs was conducted separately via Internet communication. The Bulgarian participants were in Vratsa, and the Serbs - in the resort of Stara Planina, Serbia. A total of 20 representatives of 10 partner organizations from Bulgaria and Serbia took part in the five-day course. See more.

21-23.05.2021. The first of the planned trainings for leaders of volunteer clubs for action in emergency situations was held in the city of Vratsa. The three-day course was attended by 20 representatives of 10 partner organizations from Bulgaria and Serbia. See more.

23-25.04.2021. The first of a series of trainings on "How to raise healthy and smart children?" took place. It was attended by pregnant women and mothers of children aged 0-3. In the first part of the training, healthy foods for children were discussed, and in the second part, the knowledge was applied in practice in a cooking course. Especially satisfied were the youngest participants in the training, who were happy to taste the prepared food. See more.

15.04.2021. Recruitment and training of volunteers for emergency response has begun in the 10 volunteer centers in Vidin, Montana, Varshets, Vratsa, Hayredin, Botevgrad, Pernik, Radomir, Kyustendil and Dupnitsa.

07-08.04.2021. In the context of pandemic, the second meeting of experts from Bulgaria and Serbia on the project "Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering" was held online. The meeting reviewed the results of the work of the joint methodological team and approved the final version of the Methodology for training volunteers to act in emergency situations..

01.03.2021.The Trust for Social Achievement Foundation has signed a grant agreement with the Free Youth Centre for the implementation of the project "How to raise healthy and smart children", an initiative of the Romany Early Years Network - Bulgaria.

10.12.2020. As a result of the competition for local partners in the project "Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering" the following candidates were approved: Association "New Way" - Hayredin, High Scgool "Ivan Vazov" - Varshets, Foundation "Modernity" - Botevgrad and Centre for support for personal development - Radomirl. Welcome on board!

22-23.10.2020The final conference of the "Region of Youth Participation" project took place in Aleksinac, Serbia. All partner schools from both countries took part in its work, and the Bulgarian ones were present online due to the measures against the spread of the cronavirus. The agenda of the event included reporting and evaluation of what was done under the project, as well as planning for the future. The forum officially established the cross-border network by signing a Memorandum.See more.

19-21.10.2020. The training of the team of the Center for work with street children (a social service developed by the FYC) took place in Vratsa. The topic of the seminar was "NPL coaching", with a lecturer from the Academy of Coaching - Sofia. Participants gained basic skills to use the method and to apply it in their social work. See more.

15-16.10.2020The first expert meeting of specialists in civil protection and youth work from Bulgaria and Serbia was held in Varshets in the implementation of the project "Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering". The purpose of the meeting was to develop a task for a joint methodology for training young volunteers in this direction. See more.

12-14.10.2020The third student exchange under the project took place in Vranje, Serbia. Again, only Serbian students physically participated in the exchange, while their Bulgarian peers joined online. The topic of the exchange was "Deadly Candy". During the event, the work done so far on the network project and the role of student parliaments in the fight against drug addictionwere discussed. The participants had the opportunity to hear the opinion of experts.See more.

05-07.10.2020The second student exchange under the project took place in Prokuplje, Serbia. Due to the COVID crisis, only students from Serbia were present, while Bulgarians participated online. The topic of the exchange was "Healthy food". Participants had the opportunity to learn about the experience of the host school - Agricultural High School, to cook together and make a healthy weekly menu. See more.

23-25.09.2020. The first of the planned three exchange visits took place in Montana, Bulgaria. The theme of the event was the network project "Famous people and events". The guests from Serbia also got acquainted with the Bulgarian educational system and the sights of the city. And as the main result of the visit, everyone put friendship in the first place. See more.

12.08.2020. The Free Youth Centre Association announces a tender procedure under PRAG with the object "Logistics and Transport Services" in the implementation of the project "Moving Borders for Emergency Volunteering". The deadline for submission of offrets is September 14, 2020, 16.00. The tender dossier can be downloaded here.

13-16.02.2020An international festival of independent documentary film under the motto "Positively Different" was held in Athens, Greece. The festival also included amateur films made by partners of "Through the Lens of the Other" project, including the film by the Free Youth Centre for good examples in the Nov Pat neighborhood. See more.

30-31.01.2020A round table entitled "Municipal Youth Policies - Findings and Opportunities for Development" was held at Hotel "Bistra and Galina" - Rousse. 26 representatives of local authorities, youth homes and NGOs from all participating municipalities - Pleven, Lovech, Gabrovo, Veliko Tarnovo, Ruse, Razgrad, Targovishte and Silistra took part in the work. The participants got acquainted with the research and evaluation of indicators and worked on improving local policies in the future. See more.

FYC Donors

European Commission (PHARE, ESF, EFRD, Socrates, Europe for Citizens, Youth/Youth in Action, Erasmus+ programmes), United Nation Development Programme, Council of Europe (European Youth Foundation), US Embassy, Royal Netherlands Embassy, USAID (Bulgaria Found), Peace Corps, National Democratic Institute (USA), Ministry of Labor and Social Policy,Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Interreg V-A Romania-Bulgaria Programme, Municipality of Vidin.