We work to help communities in the former Soviet Union learn to help themselves
The Together Plan empowers communities in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe to learn how to help themselves. We help communities to see what can be achieved collectively, and work with community members to develop skills and provide training necessary to realise their vision.
We help communities to set up and run projects which community members of all ages can benefit from and participate in. At the same time, we promote responsible and transparent leadership, which is vital to develop the genuine friendship and trust necessary for a community’s survival. Ultimately, our communities will become self-sufficient both financially and in their activities – at which point we will step back, watching the community go from strength to strength.
What We Do
We help communities to help themselves
The Together Plan trains communities and their leaders to conceive, plan and run community activities, and pass on their skills to members of their and other communities.
We build close relationships with the communities with which we work to understand their unique needs, and help them to connect with like-minded individuals and organisations around the world. By overcoming their isolation, communities and their members rebuild trust, develop friendships and benefit from diverse support and expertise. Our communities support orphanages, children’s shelters, and special needs projects in wider society. more info >>
After the devastation of the Holocaust and 50 years of communism, The Together Plan supports Jews in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe yearning to re-discover Jewish life by promoting Jewish education and helping to revive Jewish traditions. Reconnecting with a shared identity and heritage unites, empowers and offers direction to communities and their leaders. more info >>
Our peer-led Youth for Youth movement trains and empowers the next generation of passionate young people across Europe and beyond. Community twinning, international summer camps and collaborative projects, facilitate learning from one another and sharing ideas and expertise to transform their own and each other’s communities. more info >>
The past is the key to understanding the present and planning for the future. Our heritage work takes advantage of our shared history to unite and engage community members. Projects include recovering lost Jewish headstones in Brest, and translating Minsk Ghetto survivors’ memories into English. more info >>
Through our aid and mutual assistance project, Aid Together, we collect, sort and send clothes, shoes, toys, stationery, computers, educational resources and Judaica to communities in Belarus, with the help of our dedicated team of volunteers. The Together Plan’s project is unique in the way that it transforms a culture of dependency into one of community volunteering and engagement. more info >>
The Story Behind The Together Plan
The Together Plan is the brainchild of Debra Brunner (London) and Artur Livshyts (Minsk). Debra Brunner made links to Belarus in 2008 when her family hosted a visit by two children from the south of Belarus, an area that was, and continues to be, badly affected by the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster of 1986. That experience had a profound impact on her and led her to become involved in Jewish Community Development and distribution of humanitarian aid to the region. This work led her to Artur, a citizen of Belarus who was already heavily involved in Jewish Community development and aid distribution locally. It became clear to both that many different types of communities, were struggling to exist due to a clear lack of skills and tools vital to grow, develop and sustain community life. For this reason The Together Plan has become a reality.