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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...

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30.11.2022.As a result of a study conducted to evaluate the municipal youth policies of the three municipalities from South-West Bulgaria based on European standards and indicators by our team in the period 25.10. - 30.11.2022, a report with findings and recommendations was drawn up, which can be downloaded in Bulgarian here



18-20.10.2022. The Free Youth Centre conducted an information campaign in the cities of Dupnitsa, Kyustendil and Blagoevgrad regarding the goals and upcoming activities of the project "Citizen monitoring to improve the formulation and implementation of local youth policies". See more



28.06.2022. The Free Youth Cenre presented the achievements of the project "We Belong - Exploring Europe’s Unity in Diversity" (WeBelong). The event was attended by over 40 teachers, youth workers and other interested professionals. See more



06.2022. In partnership with Zvanche Kindergarten, a project has been launched to improve communication between the kindergarten and the parent community in the Roma neighborhood of Vidin in order to increase attendance. The project "Every day in kindergarten I study and play" is implemented with the financial support of the Trust for Social Alternative. See more




31.05.2022. An Open Doors Day was held at the Centre for Work with Street Children. Parents and other guests had the opportunity to get acquainted with the services offered by the centre, as well as the achievements of children. See more



30.03.2022. The team of the Centre for Work with Street Childrent, a social structure of the FYC, underwent a one-day training in first aid. The course was conducted by a lecturer of the Regional Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross - Vidin. See more



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.




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.

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