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Increasing understanding of development countries and their needs and the challenges facing all humanity

A registered charity run entirely by volunteers, BEACONS is the Development Education Centre for Herefordshire and Worcestershire and one of a network of DECs covering the whole country. DECs are government authorised but receive no funding.  Our aim is to promote knowledge and understanding about the wider world in the two counties.  Our volunteers generally work from home and meetings are usually at the University of Worcester, who give us much-appreciated support.  Click on About Us to find out more or read the Chairs report to the AGM on July 1st 2015 on the previous 12 months here.



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2016 Conference Success

Our 10th Annual Conference 12 March 2016

“Should I Stay or Should I Go” – Global Perspectives on Migration

This year’s conference, held on 12 March 2016, was a great success with over 120 people joining us for the day at the University of Worcester Conference Centre. What could have been more topical than the subject of migration?

The event had already attracted plenty of local media interest in advance, with articles in the Worcester News and the Malvern Gazette, featuring one of our speakers, Kirsty Fraser. Kirsty was also interviewed by BBC Hereford and Worcester on her work at the Calais/Dunkirk refugee camps. There was even more excitement on the day as Giles Latcham from BBC Midlands Today turned-up with a cameraman first thing and interviewed Dr David Storey (from the University of Worcester) and Elaine Lawson (from the “People in Motion” charity, working in the Calais and Dunkirk camps) before doing some filming in the conference room!

All the speakers were first-class, with some intelligent and perceptive questioning from the floor and a very interesting open forum to end the Conference. Our best attended conference ever (until next year, anyway).

Watch this space for more details of our 11th Annual Conference in 2017.

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