The BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2022
War in Ukraine: The Civil Society Response
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.
We are delighted to invite you to The BEARR Trust Annual Conference 2022 on the theme War in Ukraine: The Civil Society Response.
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 will focus on their experience, the lessons they have learned, and their view of civil society’s role in the near to medium future.
The Conference will take place on Friday 18 November 2022 between 13:00 and 16:00 (London); 15:00 and 18:00 (Kyiv and Chisinau). It will be 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 will take part in two moderated panel discussions. Topics will include those suggested by the audience. There will be Ukrainian/Russian/English interpretation.
To register for the conference, please visit our Eventbrite page here.
About the Panels
First Panel: Lessons Learned
Michael Rasell, BEARR trustee, will moderate 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 will include, but are 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, will moderate 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 will include, but are not be 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.
BEARR’s webinars, talks and conferences are the organisation’s main fundraising events. We are therefore asking 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.
To register for the event, please go to our Eventbrite page here and choose either an in-person (London) or an online (via Zoom) ticket. Please enter the amount you would like to donate. Free tickets are also available for those unable to make a donation. Please ensure you either buy one donation ticket or one free ticket per person to register for the event.
You do not need to buy a separate free ticket if you donate, although if your donation would be eligible for Gift Aid, please register for a free ticket on Eventbrite and follow the instructions for donating online given below.
Gift Aid Donations
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: https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/21926