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 …

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 …