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 From speaking to a handful of the characters who were involved in BEARR’s creation or working in healthcare in the region at the time, the organisation’s infancy seems to have been characterised by remarkable resourcefulness and adaptability, at times by slight organised chaos, but above of all by compassion for those facing …

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 …

Project report: supporting victims of domestic violence in Uzbekistan

Grantee: CISC Fergana branchProject: Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence 13.08.21 During 2020-1, with financial support from The BEARR Trust’s Small Grants Scheme, the Centre for the Support of Civil Initiatives (CISC), Fergana branch, in Uzbekistan implemented its project, “Improving service provision for victims of domestic violence”. “Until now, we have taught women …

Bristol2Beijing Update

10.08.21 Blink and you may miss some of the activities Luke Grenfell-Shaw, Bristol2Beijing, has managed to fit into his journey through Central Asia so far! Here is an update on the recent events in the fourth leg of his journey, during which time The BEARR Trust is delighted to be Luke’s official partner.  B2B Challenge  On the …

Review: Grey Bees by Andrey Kurkov, Maclehose Press 2020

(First published in Russian by Folio, Moscow, in 2018). Translated by Boris Dralyuk. This unusual and delightful novel by Kurkov, a Russian-born Ukrainian, follows many others. He is probably best known in Britain for his satirical novel Death and the Penguin. All of them are humorous but with a hard edge. Grey Bees, which is …

Project report: family relationships without violence

Grantee: Bonuvoni PyanjProject: Raising awareness of domestic violence within communities in Pyanj province Implementation of Tajikistan’s State Programme for the Prevention of Domestic Violence for 2014-23 depends on cooperation between the Committee for Women and the Family; the state structures for education, healthcare and internal affairs; the Commission for Children’s Rights, and public organisations. The CSO Bonuvoni Pyanj, in cooperation with the district branch of the Committee for Women and the …

BEARR Newsletter, June 2021

 23 June 2021 Dear friends and colleagues,  In this edition we are delighted to share with you the winners of our 2021 Small Grants Scheme, as well as those of our 30th anniversary photography competition. We bring news of a partnership with Luke Grenfell-Shaw as part of his tandem bike journey from “Bristol to Beijing” raising …