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The Aid Together project

Building bridges and friendships, breaking down stereotypes, and enabling people to feel stronger and more empowered, so that they can move from dependence to independence.

From discard to new life

The Together Plan’s Aid Together project collects, sorts, packs and transports approximately 20 tonnes of humanitarian aid and resources each year to its communities in the former Soviet Union.

Our dedicated team of volunteers in London collect, sort and pack the humanitarian aid. The donated items come from individuals and a variety of other sources including synagogues. The aid comprises items such as clothes, shoes, toys, stationery, computers and educational resources.

The beneficiaries include people in extreme financial difficulty, elderly and disabled people. Many people exist on a meagre income, even if they are in work. For single parents or families with many children, among other groups, this extra support can be a lifeline.

Sponsor an aid shipment

It costs £3000 to send a lorry to Belarus. Help us to sustain this vital project!

Donate unwanted goods

We love good quality new and used clothes, shoes, stationery and equipment for community centres.

Join our packing team

Our lovely team of packers and drivers are always looking for new faces

Aid as a Tool for Self-Sufficiency

All our projects are designed to help communities to become self-sufficient, and the Aid Together project is no exception. We know from our experience in the field that simply giving out humanitarian aid risks creating a culture of dependency, where

  • Aid is distributed to communities, who, with our support, take responsibility for ensuring that it reaches those individuals with greatest need and and exercising proper oversight and compliance with local law. Additionally, a large proportion of donations – such as furniture, toys, games, stationery and technology – are given to community centres, where they are used to facilitate a wide range of cultural, educational and social projects for community members of all ages.
  • We encourage participants in the Aid Together project to engage with community life as part of the aid project. For example, community members help with unloading the lorry on its arrival in Belarus, unpacking the boxes of aid in their community centres, and facilitating the distribution of aid.
  • Once participants are engaged with their community, we encourage them to participate in and even take on responsibility for other community projects. This might involve giving reading with children at Sunday School, or helping to run a community programme.
  • Everyone, even most vulnerable members of society, can give something back to the community. For example, a wheelchair user who cannot visit the community centre can give something back by opening their home to others. Through this, guests will learn what his or her life is like, enabling them to better relate to that individual. We help people to see the possibilities and to make them into a reality.

The Aid Together project is also having a huge impact, here in the UK, supporting communities of all types from volunteer groups to knitting circles, and helping these people to find a new purpose in their lives. Here are some of the ways we’re making a difference to UK community life:

  • The project serves as a recycling programme in the UK. Donations of unwanted items find new homes and give rise to vibrant community life, rather than ending up in landfill.
  • It creates volunteering opportunities in the UK. For our team of volunteers, it provides a weekly social opportunity to connect with like-minded people, and gives them a highly rewarding project to devote themselves to and find purpose in.
  • It has given rise to knitting and social groups in the UK. Members of these groups knit blankets, scarves, hats and gloves specifically to be sent to recipients in Belarus. These groups are a valuable social opportunity for older people in the UK.
  • It helps people in times of bereavement, by offering an opportunity for a loved one’s possessions to receive new life, and offering the donor peace of mind that their loved one’s belongings will reach people with real need, where they will make a significant difference to those people’s lives.