The BEARR Trust Small Grants Scheme 2022

A) Projects to improve the social welfare of migrant workers and the wellbeing of their families. B) Projects to improve the welfare of the applicant organisation’s staff and volunteers, and its resilience. Webinar This year we are also holding a webinar on Friday 28 January at 13.00 London time via Zoom, when we will hear …

Project report: I can do anything because you believe in me!!

Grantee: Society of People with Disabilities, TAUR, Moldova Project: to reduce the social isolation of people with disabilities  People with disabilities need our support, they need somebody to believe in their capabilities. In Moldova, even in the capital, there is no accessibility for people with disabilities. The social support guaranteed by the State is miserable (about €100 per month).  With the isolation engendered by the pandemic, life has become even more difficult… There are no support services for families with severely disabled members, and home medical assistance is unavailable.  But… …

Webinar: ‘How to make sure that our assistance does not cause harm’

The BEARR Trust webinar on safeguarding held on 1 December 2021Report by Nicola Ramsden Almost 30 people took part in BEARR’s first webinar about safeguarding, including representatives of civil society organisations in the region. ‘Safeguarding’ was a new concept for some participants. A poll taken at the beginning of the webinar showed that around two-thirds …

Sewing for confidence and independence: a social enterprise for Roma women and girls

Grantee: Winds of Change, Odesa, UkraineProject: creation of a needlework social enterprise for Roma women and girls.  Poverty and multiple forms of discrimination have long kept Roma women in the shadows. What is expected of Roma girls is to stay silent, get married as early as possible, have children and spend their life on housework and child-rearing, sometimes earning a small …

‘I am not your cat’: a graphic novel informing young girls in Ukraine about ‘their sexual safety, their body and boundaries’

Last month, photographer Alexander Parkyn-Smith visited one of BEARR’s former grantees, Tolerspace in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2019 they started their project creating a graphic novel “I am not your cat”, exploring issues of sexual harassment and consent among young women. Alex looks at the positive impact the novel has already had in Ukraine, and how …

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 …

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 …