BEARR Newsletter, August 2022

31 August 2022 Dear friends and colleagues,  We hope you’re having a lovely summer. In this issue of our newsletter, we bring you an update 0n our Emergency Ukraine Appeal and share our heartfelt thanks to all those who have so generously organised fundraisers on our behalf. And in case you missed our eye-opening talk with trauma surgeon David Nott back …

Project report: People Plus, Belarus

Grantee: People Plus, BelarusProject: Reducing social isolation of people living with HIV at the age of over 65 years Today there is a large group of people in Belarus, living with HIV and receiving anti-retroviral treatment (ARV), and their numbers will grow in the coming years. These people need not only medical care as they …

Project report: KEDEM, Moldova

Grantee: KEDEM, MoldovaProject: Seminar for staff and volunteers On 17 July 2022, the educational seminar “B-SAFETY” took place with 50 participants from the RVC Volunteer Centre. The workshop was made possible with support from a BEARR grant, for which our team are very grateful! The main goal of the B-SAFETY project was to undertake a …

Mosty-Movy: Volunteer Translators Supporting Ukrainian Refugees in the UK

Two of BEARR’s trustees, Nicola Ramsden and Megan Bick, recently attended the University of Cambridge’s Ukrainian summer school school, where they were introduced to a volunteer organisation, Mosty-Movy, supporting Ukrainian refugees here in the UK. Find out more about their work and how to get involved below: “Mosty-Movy is an online community of over 100 Russian …

Project report: Kids are Kids, Russia

Grantee: Kids are Kids, RussiaProject: Summer camp for marginalised and migrant families The Centre for support and adaptation for children of refugees and migrants “Kids are Kids” is a centre that helps children with linguistic, psychological and social adaptation. Since 1996 the Centre has been giving children from many countries the chance to integrate into …

Art for Ukraine in aid of BEARR’s Emergency Appeal

UK artist Ray Postill is selling his life’s work to raise money for BEARR’s Emergency Ukraine Appeal. Ray Postill Over the course of the last twenty years, self-taught amateur artist Ray Postill has painted over 250 pictures which are lovingly stored at his home in St Albans. A civil engineer by trade, Ray began painting …

Support Ukrainian Refugees in the UK: HealthProm Appeal

Our friends at HealthProm have launched an appeal to support Ukrainian refugees arriving in North London, many of whom are women and children without relatives, friends or any form of financial support here in the UK. HealthProm has been supporting vulnerable children, women and families in the UK, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Afghanistan for …

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 …