Ukraine Appeal Update 25 May

It has now been twelve weeks since we launched our Emergency Appeal. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, BEARR has sent more than £170,000 to over thirty local CSOs providing urgent humanitarian aid in Ukraine and Moldova. We have been stunned by your support of our campaign, and our partners on the ground continue to share their gratitude in …

Small Grants Scheme 2022: Results

This year, BEARR’s Small Grants Scheme sought applications from across Eastern Europe and Central Asia for two separate themes. The first strand, Project A, invited applications for projects to improve the social welfare of migrant workers and the wellbeing of their families. The second strand, Project B, invited projects from previous BEARR grantees that would …

Ukraine Appeal Update 29 April

The BEARR Trust is incredibly grateful for your support of our Emergency Appeal. Three months into the war, and we have raised over £170,000, including donations received separately from our CAF donate site. We have now sent over £140,000 to our partners supporting vulnerable people in Ukraine and Moldova.  One of our trustees, Jane, returned to Moldova this …

The BEARR Trust’s Ukraine Appeal: Two Months On

When apprehension gave way to shock on 24 February, our first thought was to reassure our partners in Eastern Europe that we would continue to do all we could to support their work with vulnerable people. On 25 February we posted a message of support on our website and published links to several national and …

Project report: ZtRASS, Ukraine

Grantee: ZtRass (Zhytomyr Regional Association of Social Services), Ukraine Project: Self-help groups in small towns for single mothers and victims of domestic violence Sincere and open stories about people’s lives start with an invitation for “a coffee”. These stories are not for everyone, but for places where you are listened to, and can hear yourself, and …

Project report: Tvory Dobropillya, Ukraine

To Babushka with Love  Grantee: Tvory Dobropillya, UkraineProject: “To Babushka with Love”, combatting elderly isolation through cooking classes with teenagers A small town in eastern Ukraine, Dobropillya is located 80 km from the line of the conflict zone. In 2014, the city received more than 8,000 refugees from the occupied Donbas, which was more than …

New Information Officer: Alexia Claydon

BEARR is delighted to announce the appointment of Alexia Claydon as BEARR’s new Information Officer. Alexia first joined BEARR in August 2021 as a volunteer translator, after graduating from the University of Birmingham with a BA in History and Russian. During her time in Birmingham, she worked as a fundraiser for the housing charity Shelter. …

Small Grants Scheme 2022: Preliminary Results

Employing a slightly different approach to previous years, The BEARR Trust’s 2022 Small Grants Scheme sought project proposals for two separate themes. The first strand, Project A, invited applications for projects to improve the social welfare of migrant workers and the wellbeing of their families. The second strand, Project B, was open to former BEARR …

Ukraine Appeal Update 11 April

The BEARR Trust extends its thanks for your continued support of our Ukraine Appeal. Seven weeks into our emergency response, and we have sent more than £120,000 to our partners providing urgent humanitarian aid to vulnerable people within Ukraine and arriving in Moldova. We are in regular contact with over 20 organisations, who are adapting their work …

Ukraine Appeal Update 4 April

As we move into the sixth week of our response, we are pleased to report that over £100,000 has been sent to local organisations providing urgent humanitarian aid in Ukraine and Moldova. We are continuing to send funds to those we already know, and as we discover new partners doing valuable relief work, our network is growing and we are beginning …