Report: BEARR Trust Autumn Lecture

Media and civil society under attack in Russia: What can we do?   September 2021  Independent political and civic activity has been increasingly repressed in Russia in recent years. While the jailing of Alexei Navalny and the suppression of his organisation has made headlines around the world, measures to restrict ‘foreign agents’ have also impacted civil society …

The Middle Years: BEARR takes a hard look in the mirror

2001 – 2011 The adolescent years of BEARR’s life span to date saw much of the international development funding for the former Soviet Union being redirected elsewhere, forcing BEARR to reassess its role and future, and make some difficult cutbacks. Ultimately, this period of hard reflection ushered in a new era for BEARR, with an …

The BEARR Trust CSO Survey 2021

Following on from last year’s survey, which received an overwhelming 328 responses and informed many of BEARR’s activities (such as webinars and the Small Grants Scheme 2021), The BEARR trust is launching a new survey to analyse the continuing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on civil society organisations (CSOs) in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the …

Project report: a performing arts camp with a difference

Grantee: Inclusive Studies, Lutsk, Ukraine  Project: Inclusive art practices  The project “Inclusive Art Practices” took place in Lutsk, Ukraine this summer. It was implemented by the NGO “Inclusive Studies” with the support of The BEARR Trust and The Igor Palytsia “Tilky Razom” Foundation.   The project included a series of inclusive, accessible music and theatre, art therapy, and paper sculpture classes for young …

Bristol 2 Beijing: 5k Your Way

27 September 2021 Luke Grenfell-Shaw of Bristol2Beijing is back in the UK taking a break from his tandem journey after one year on the road and recently having made it across much of Tajikistan. Read more about the latest leg of Luke’s journey and why he has decided to press pause for a short time …

BEARR Newsletter, August 2021

27 August 2021 Dear friends and colleagues,  We hope you’re having a lovely summer. In this issue, as part of our ongoing celebration of BEARR’s 30th anniversary, we bring you the first of three articles exploring BEARR’s history, this time looking at its first ten years 1991-2001. Our Chairman, Nicola Ramsden, also provides an overview of how the organisation’s …

The BEARR Trust: The Beginning

1991 – 2001 Through speaking to a handful of the characters involved in BEARR’s creation or working in healthcare in the region at the time, it is clear that the organisation’s infancy was characterised by remarkable resourcefulness and adaptability, slight organised chaos, but above of all by compassion for those facing hardship. The backdrop to …

The BEARR Trust 30 years on

25.08.21 BEARR’s Chairman Nicola Ramsden reflects on the Trust’s development over the past 30 years. The BEARR Trust’s 30th anniversary is also that of the Soviet Union’s sudden dissolution in 1991. Reflections on the evolution of the former union and on the progress of the small UK-based charity that still works in most of the …

Project report: the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on domestic violence levels

Grantee: Centre for Women and the Modern World (CWMW), AzerbaijanProject: training for doctors, police, youth activists and NGO leaders to promote awareness of domestic violence and the relevant laws in Shirvan’s rural districts. 13.08.2021 Covid-19 & the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict Last summer, we received the news that The BEARR Trust would fund our project, “the Covid-19 …