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BEARR Trust Annual conference 16 November

1st November 2018

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

You are warmly invited to the BEARR Trust’s Annual Conference, to be held on Friday 16th November 2018 at 32-36 Loman Street, London, SE1 0EH, on the theme of “Disability and Inclusion in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”.

We shall be looking at issues such as:

  • attitudes to people with disabilities, stigma,
  • inclusive education and training,
  • leaving care, accommodation, supported living, accessibility, and
  • employment and employers.  

The speakers presenting will be from NGOs in Armenia, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Moldova and the UK, sharing insights and stories, challenges and victories of their everyday hard work.

How to book
The fee is £45, or £25 for students, and includes lunch, tea and coffee and a glass of wine at the end. If more than one person from the same organisation attends, additional participants pay only £30.

Book now via EventBrite or complete the booking form where alternative payment methods are stated. If you have questions or require assistance please email us at info@nullbearr.org.


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The full programme can be viewed on our website.
We will hear presentations by highly qualified speakers from around the region and the UK, including our keynote speakers:


Anna Portugalova
CEO of Downside Up, a Russian-British Charity working to improve the lives of Russian people with Downs syndrome.

Andrea Bennett
writer and novelist, Chair of Trustees at For Us Too charity working with disabled children and young people in East Kent.


Professor Chris Gerry (as discussant)
Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Political Economy at the School of Global and Area Studies of Oxford University, Dean of St Antony’s College, and Chair of Russian and East European Studies.


9.00 Registration and coffee

9.30 Welcome and Introduction – Nicola Ramsden, Chairman of The BEARR Trust

9.45 Overview. Changes in attitudes to disability, challenges of stigma and inclusion – a Russian and a British perspective


Anna Portugalova, Director, Downside Up, Charitable Fund Moscow

Andrea Bennett, former BEARR Trustee, Chair of Trustees at ‘For Us Too’, East Kent, UK

Discussant: Professor Christopher Gerry, Associate Professor of Russian and Eurasian Political Economy, School of Global and Area Studies, Oxford

Chair: Nicola Ramsden, Chairman of The BEARR Trust

11.00 Coffee

11.30 PANEL 1: Leaving care, accommodation, supported living, accessibility

Maia Shishniashvili, Hand in Hand, Georgia

Dilmurad Yusupov, doctoral researcher, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex University and co-founder of NGO “Sharoit Plus”

Chair: Ali Lantukh, Trustee of the BEARR Trust

12.30 Buffet lunch

13.45 PANEL 2: Inclusive education and training

Tanya Buynovskaya, Director of Operations, Healthprom, UK

Viorica Cojocaru, CCF (Child, Community, Family) NGO, Moldova

Chair: Ross Gill, Trustee of the BEARR Trust

14.45 Tea

15.15 PANEL 3: Employment and employers; digital access

Iryna Los, Director, Centre for Legal Assistance, Open Doors NGO, Nikopol Ukraine

Vardine Grigoryan, Board Member, “Disability-Inclusive Development” NGO, Armenia

Chair: Biljana Radonjic Ker-Lindsay, Trustee of the BEARR Trust

16.15 Conclusions

16.30 Close (Participants are invited to stay for a glass of wine and informal discussion)

If you are unable to attend but still wish to make a donation to BEARR to support our activities you may do so on our VirginMoneyGiving profile.

Best wishes


Date and Time

Fri 16 November 2018

09:00 – 16:30 GMT



32 Loman Street



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