The BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2022

War in Ukraine: The Civil Society Response

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Our Annual Conference took place on Friday 18 November 2022. You can read our Conference Report here, as well as find a recording of the event in English, Ukrainian and Russian on our YouTube channel.

The BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2022 on the theme War in Ukraine: The Civil Society Response was held on Friday 18 November 2022.

Through the experience of BEARR’s Emergency Ukraine Appeal we have witnessed the accelerated development of civil society organisations and volunteer groups working in the areas of health and social welfare in Ukraine and Moldova. The Annual Conference focussed on their experience, the lessons they have learned, and their view of civil society’s role in the near to medium future.

The Conference took place on Friday 18 November 2022 between 13:00 and 16:00 (London); 15:00 and 18:00 (Kyiv and Chisinau). It was a hybrid event, with participants joining online via Zoom or gathered at Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP.

Representatives of civil society organisations and volunteer groups in Ukraine and Moldova took part in two moderated panel discussions. Topics includes those suggested by the audience. The conference took place with Ukrainian/Russian/English interpretation.

About the Panels

First Panel: Lessons Learned

Michael Rasell, BEARR trustee, moderated a discussion between:

  • Olga Donets – Director of Donetsk Youth Debate Centre, established in Donetsk and Luhansk, currently working from Kyiv
  • Tamara Ababii – President of NGO The League of Polish Women in Moldova, Chisinau
  • Marat Abdullaiev – Founder and Director of the Youth Charitable Foundation “NEXT”, Odesa

Themes included, but were not limited to: local responses including in areas under attack; supporting communities; working with business and local and central authorities; responding to new needs; giving agency to people in need; growing organisations and building resilience.

Second Panel: The Near to Medium Future

Janet Gunn, BEARR Trustee, moderated a discussion between:

  • Daria Gerasymchuk – The President’s Advisor on Child Rights and Child Rehabilitation
  • Irina Georgievna Los – Director of Open Doors, Nikopol
  • Liliana Rotaru – President and Founder of Children, Community, Family (CCF), Chisinau
  • Anna Bondarenko – Founder and CEO of Ukrainian Volunteer Service, Odesa

Themes included, but were not limited to: the needs for the winter and beyond of children, IDPs, refugees, people wounded/abandoned, people returning to Ukraine; trauma interventions; the role of volunteers; legal advice; the continuing role of civil society; the role of international aid organisations.

Find out more about our panellists and their work here.
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BEARR’s webinars, talks and conferences are the organisation’s main fundraising events. We therefore ask guests for a suggested donation of £10 per person, £5 for full-time students and jobseekers, or more if you are able. All proceeds will go to The BEARR’s Trusts Ukraine Emergency Winter Appeal, to buy emergency supplies for vulnerable and displaced people in Ukraine and Moldova.

Please note, it is not possible to make a donation with Gift Aid on Eventbrite. If you are a UK taxpayer and eligible for Gift Aid, please consider registering for the event by purchasing a free ticket on Eventbrite, then making your donation separately via our CAF Donate Page

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