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Association Bulgarian Culture And Education (Abce)

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Charity no. 106471 Date registered. 09/06/2017

Public benefits

Improved educational skills and preserved the mother-tongue. Building the capacity of Bulgarian Community by providing information sessions, signposting to health, education and welfare services, provision of English/Bulgarian mentoring programs. Integration into local community. The benefits can be demonstrated by feedback by all members/

participants and members of the public and evaluation from all attendees, from social media comments. There is no harm arising from any of the purposes. The Charity's beneficiaries are children aged 3+ who attend the weekly Bulgarian school, their parents, young people and their families, older people and people from local community & other cultures who avail of training, education, workshops, events and activities. Yes, several of our Committee Members/Trustees have young children who attend the weekly Bulgarian school to learn the language and culture. These children are treated equal and fairly as all of the other children that participate in the school and the activities and events held throughout the year.

What your organisation does

ABCE manages IVAN VAZOV First Bulgarian School in Armagh. Children 3+ attending classes on a weekly basis following curriculum of Bulgarian Ministry of Education. Adults training, language classes, Arts and Crafts Club, Cultural Events; Preserving Bulgarian Culture and heritage,;Veselyatsi Folk Club ( Traditional folk dances for adults weekly);

Happy Feet Kids Dance School( weekly), Well-being workshops; Provision of Monthly information clinics for BME and local community.

The charity’s classifications

  • The advancement of citizenship or community development
  • The advancement of the arts, culture, heritage or science

Who the charity helps

  • Adult training
  • Children (5-13 year olds)
  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Language community
  • Men
  • Older people
  • Parents
  • Preschool (0-5 year olds)
  • Travellers
  • Volunteers
  • Women
  • Youth (14-25 year olds)

How the charity works

  • Community development
  • Cross-border/cross-community
  • Cultural
  • Education/training
  • Human rights/equality
  • Playgroup/after schools
  • Volunteer development
  • Youth development

Charity accounts & reports for financial year end 31 March 2019

Independent examiners report Charity accounts Trustee annual report

Charitable purposes

Association is established as a non-profit and non-governmental society for charitable purposes only and in particular to represent and articulate: 1. To promote the Bulgarian Culture in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council, Northern Ireland. 2. To support the Bulgarian community in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough council (ABC) with regards to their culture, educational and informational needs and to preserve and popularize the Bulgarian language, tradition and culture. 3. To facilitate communication between the Bulgarian and other cultures in Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council areas, Northern Ireland.

Governing document


Other name

  • 10 Trustees
  • 0 Employees
  • 22 Volunteers

Contact details

Public address

  • Valentina, 24 Gough Avenue, Armagh, Co Armagh, BT60 1BU

Trustee board

Ms Valentina Ivanova Stefanova
Ms Zoya Peteva Lewis
Mr Kalin Kalinov Stefanov
Mrs Desislava Leddy
Mrs Diana Angelova
Ms Nadya Krasteva
Mrs Vasilka Dimitrova
Mr Mediha Bradford
Mr Kiril Penchev
Mrs Magdalena Temelkova

List of regions

  • Antrim And Newtownabbey Borough Council