Together Programme



The ERBUD “Common Challenges” Foundation has developed and runs its own mentoring programme called The TOGETHER Programme. It is based on cooperation between Mentor and Mentee. The aim of the cooperation is to help the mentee to become independent. Mentors are employees of ERBUD Group. Mentee may be a person getting ready to become independent, remaining in the care of foster custody.


How does
The TOGETHER Program work?

Recruitment of Mentors
from the ERBUD Group
A series of training sessions
for Mentors run
by educationalists and psychologists
Establishing working
relationship with
children’s home
Completion of questionnaires
to qualify into the
TOGETHER Programme
Qualification of mentees into
the TOGETHER Programme
What are the most common activities undertaken under the TOGETHER Programme? The detailed scope of assistance is determined individually for each mentee.

Most frequently the Foundation helps in the following ways:

  • meetings with a career counsellor
  • vocational courses and training sessions
  • language courses
  • support in overcoming learning hardships
  • internships and apprenticeships
  • assistance in finding a job and preparing for a job interview medical assistance to facilitate everyday life (dentist, orthodontist, dermatologist...)
  • assistance in finding social or sheltered housing (preparation and completion of documentation, meetings with officials)
  • help with housing (physical and/or financial assistance)
  • financial support allowing to take advantage of cultural and sporting offer

Who are mentees of the TOGETHER Programme?

The mentees of the TOGETHER Programme are children of state-run children’s homes and family-run children’s homes. The participants of the TOGETHER Programme are people who have become independent and who want to actively work on their future. Each Mentee of the Foundation who participates in the TOGETHER Program is under individual care of a Mentor.

Who are mentees of the TOGETHER Programme?

What does TOGETHER Programme
offer to the mentees?

Mental support
  • You are not alone.
  • Believe in yourself.
  • Everyone has strengths.
  • You can shape your life on your own.
  • Small steps lead to big success.
Social support
  • Assistance in acquiring social skills.
  • Assistance in acquiring daily living skills.
  • Support in education.
  • Assistance in choosing an educational path.
  • Assistance in seeking internships, employment.
Financial support
  • They serve only and exclusively for the realization of goals defined jointly by the Mentor and Mentee.
  • The Foundation does not offer funds that the Mentee may freely dispose of.
What does Mentor’s care take?

The TOGETHER Programme Mentors are everyday employees of the ERBUD Group. Our Mentors work with Programme Mentees voluntarily, in a voluntary system. Mentor offers his mentee advice, support and help in the period of entering the adult life.

A mentor is a guide and consultant who supports his/her mentee in the development of both professional and personal competencies.

The Mentors of the TOGETHER Programshare their experience and knowledge with the mentees and build friendly, direct relations with them. The relationship between the "life advisor" and the mentee is based on respect and trust, and its main purpose is to inspire and discover the potential of the mentees.

Mentors of the TOGETHER Programme come mainly from among the employees of the ERBUD Capital Group. They are persons not only perceived within the organization as empathetic and kind, but also recognized by specialists (psychologist, pedagogue, social worker) as suitable to cooperate with the mentees. Mentor candidates who receive a positive opinion from specialists undergo additional training tailored to their individual needs. While working with the mentee, the Mentors can get help from a psychologist or another specialist at any time. Our Mentors cooperate with the Foundation on a voluntary basis.


Our volunteers

Are kind-hearted people.

They want to help and have an aptitude for being a volunteer.

They unselfishly give their time.

They do extra, charitable work for the local community.

They are pro-active.

They take the initiative, propose solutions, "show life", watch over the first steps in adult life.

They do not impose their solutions.

They propose and suggest, they do not decide, they support and help when something goes wrong.

They have an individual approach.

Volunteers respond to the real needs of their mentees. They know that a good relationship is the key to success.