Project report: Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organisation, Ukraine

Young people with Down Syndrome can and want to work Grantee: Ukrainian Down Syndrome Organisation (UDSO), Ukraine Project: Support for people aged 16-35 with DS including access to jobs and social participation The UDSO’s Youth Club and Supported Employment Programme, supported by The BEARR Trust, completed the project “Creating tools for the socialisation and self-realisation of people with Down Syndrome to …

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 …

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 …

Project report: Girls in Tech, Armenia

Uniting girls through the digital world Grantee: Girls in Tech, ArmeniaProject: “I know you’’ programme providing digital skills and support for young women IDPs from Nagorno Karabakh to promote social inclusion in Armenia Girls in Tech Armenia was glad to have the unique opportunity to launch the “I know you’’ project supported by the BEARR …

Project report: Vlada Brusilovska Charitable Foundation

Innovative designs for children with neurological disorders  Grantee: Vlada Brusilovska Charitable Foundation, Ukraine Project: To improve the design of hospital play areas for children with neurological disorders  Medical institutions frighten patients and create an atmosphere of stigma around them. Often, children with neurological conditions and their families find themselves cut off from the outside world and …

Report: BEARR’s 2022 Small Grants Scheme webinar

When the deadline for this year’s Small Grant Scheme was approaching, BEARR held a webinar for prospective applicants on how to write a strong application. Over 100 CSO representatives from across the region where BEARR works joined. BEARR trustee Ross Gill spoke about the application process and shared his top tips as an assessor, before …