By building sustainable partnerships and supporting local projects the communities we serve become better places in which to live and work.
And it’s not just about raising money, it’s about getting involved, so that our people’s skills and positive attributes have a wider impact. We believe that these many small contributions take the business into the heart of our communities and help to enrich the careers and boost the morale and team spirit of all those that get involved.
We encourage our people to take part in many national charity appeals including Movember for Prostate Cancer; Jeans for Genes appeal, Comic and Sport Relief and BBC Children in Need.
The Prince’s Trust - inspiring young lives
In 2012 we became a patron of the The Prince's Trust , the UK's leading youth charity helping 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed or struggling at school to transform their lives. As a patron of the Trust we’re committed to helping young people achieve their full potential through training, personal development, business support, mentoring and advice.
The Trust is a natural fit as a community partner for us. We recognise that young people are our customers and employees of the future so we believe we have a part to play in supporting them to fulfil their potential. We encourage our employees to volunteer - for example delivering vital life skills workshops, helping a young person create their very first CV or becoming a long-term mentor.
Employee Charity Committees
In April 2018 we set up Charity Committees at our main office locations: Exeter, Hemel, Hull, Ipswich, London and Wakefield. Each Charity Committee supports local causes as requested from local employees. This means we’re getting to help more charities and supporting causes that mean something to our people.
We recognise also that there are many charities our people support during their own time. For this reason, we offer advice, promotional support and donations to kick-start many employees' fundraising for any charitable event they're involved in.
Community support in Hull and East Yorkshire
As a business with headquarters in Hull, we place particular focus on the community support in the city and East Yorkshire area.
Our award winning ‘KCOM in the Community’ programme is all about how we can help make the area a better place to live, work and visit.
Each year our employees spend hundreds of hours volunteering in local schools and colleges delivering educational activities designed to raise aspirations, support employability skills and as a technology company we have a clear interest in encouraging young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We deliver STEM-focused activities and sessions on how the internet works. We're also an employer sponsor of the Ron Dearing UTC and this involves providing high quality work placements and mentoring for students.
Get Online sessions
Once a month we deliver free 'Get Online' internet drop-in sessions at our Carr Lane headquarters. Many of the people who come along are elderly and are completely new to technology but want to learn the basics.