Established three years ago as the charity arm of the Keltbray Group , the Keltbray Foundation drives forward charitable initiatives that could support local communities and targeted causes. Today, it has representatives from most of the Keltbray locations including Scotland.
It was set up initially to support food banks, however, with growing success and funds, the Foundation now chooses one charity each year to dedicate its support, determined via an employee intranet poll. This year, Keltbray’s charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust, the only one in the UK offering cancer support to people between the ages of 13-24. It offers support before, during and after treatment and is dedicated to helping provide emotional, physical and practical assistance as well as world class service and research. The Foundation is proud to help with its mission.
The Keltbray Foundation also works with SANE as its main charity partner. SANE is the leading UK mental health charity to improve the quality of life of those affected by mental illness.
Mental health is one of the Foundation’s main areas of focus in ensuring Keltbray’s employees feel supported and are aware of the services that can help them. SANE also works to combat stigma about mental illness, and educate people on provided services, as well as improve care and emotional support for people with mental health problems. Its research into causes, treatments and the social impact is an initiative the Foundation very much endorses and is eager to support.
The Keltbray Foundation also engages with the community on a more personal level, by taking part in career days to support employability in schools, colleges and prisons. This year, it supported a school gardening competition and donated gardening equipment to help turn green space into an allotment.
Many volunteering activities are available to employees such as becoming a STEM ambassador which involves attending initiatives in schools and colleges such as after school clubs and career fairs. Engaging young people with the construction industry, and encouraging them to further the study of STEM subjects is a passion of the Foundation and Keltbray Group as a whole.
Other volunteering opportunities include acts as simple as tidying up public spaces to support the community. Indeed, the Keltbray Foundation has a number of links with local organisations that tackle homelessness, rehabilitation and unemployment.