We invest in our people with the aim of having happy, healthy and motivated individuals and teams. We strive to make a positive impact in our local communities, especially through the current challenging times. We categorise our social investment into three areas:
Education: we will demonstrate our commitment to the next generation of talent by promoting science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) as the skills required for our industry in the future.
Community Engagement: Being socially responsible is integral to what we do. We aim to make a positive difference to the communities where we operate and seek ways to assist them.
People: Social engagement with our people.
We pride ourselves on being a good neighbour. We listen to the communities we work in and support charities and organisations where our assistance, whether financial or hands-on, can make a genuine difference.
Each year we select two or three charities to partner with and support them in ways that have the biggest impact for them. In 2020 we partnered with AberNecessities, a local, non-profit charity that supports underprivileged families in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, and C-Fine, a social enterprise that supports disadvantaged, vulnerable and low-income families and communities in the North-East of Scotland. We continue to support these two charities in 2021 and have also added Archway, a parent-led charity that supports children and adults with learning disabilities and their families.
People involved with Kellas, whether as employees, contractors or partners, are at the heart of our business and we are committed to creating a stimulating, fun and open work culture that promotes personal development and work/life balance, rewards competitively and celebrates success.
Archway was established in the 1980’s and was the first parent-led charity in Aberdeen. At that time there was no respite provision in Aberdeen so a group of parents of children with learning disabilities got together to investigate the possibility of developing this service for their children.
Today, Archway proud to still be parent-led and provides a range of community-based services which include permanent care, residential respite breaks, holiday respite breaks, emergency respite and day activities. They currently support nearly 200 children and adults with learning disabilities and their families.
In early September, a team of volunteers from Kellas spent a half-day at Archway's facilities in Westburn Road, helping redecorate their games room, which located at the rear of the garden and is used regularly by residents to enjoy some time away from the house as well as for party nights, discos and karaoke!
AberNecessities is a local, non-profit charity with the aim of supporting underprivileged families in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. They provide families with the essential items they need to care for their babies and children, helping alleviate the pressure of bringing up a young family with extremely limited resources.
In late 2019 Kellas selected Abernecessities as one of our partner charities, which includes in-kind support through staff volunteering and also by providing cash donations, purchasing goods when needed and donating items needed for specific appeals, like the Christmas Eve Box appeal which provides a gift box of goodies for those children most in need.
In December 2020, during one the lower pandemic restriction periods, volunteers from Kellas visited Abernecessities’ premises to help sort and prepare the Christmas Eve boxes, as well as bringing along donations made personally from staff and from the company.
Community Food Initiatives North East (CFINE) is a social enterprise committed to social, environmental and economic development and works to cooperative, or ‘Community Development’ principles.
Their mission is to improve health and well-being and the environment, tackle poverty and build resilience through a range of support and services for and with disadvantaged, vulnerable, low-income individuals, families and communities in NE Scotland.
CFINE provides much needed support to the community and Kellas selected them as one of its partner charities as their work is aligned with our principles and focus on supporting the communities in which we work.
As part of our sponsorship, we provide monthly food donations and support for specific fundraisers, such as the “Appetite for Change” event where volunteers raised money by living on a budget of £2 per day for five days to help build awareness of food insecurity. One of our colleagues raised over £500 by completing this challenge, which was no easy task but a real eye opener as to what many people in our local community are having to deal with on a daily basis.
Kellas Midstream partnered with Aberdeen Science Centre to develop and deliver an educational workshop that is giving children from across the North East of Scotland the opportunity to learn about where gas comes from, how it gets from the North Sea to our homes, and its importance, both in our day to day lives, and as part of the UK’s diverse energy mix.
The workshop, called The Great Gas Journey, launched at the end 2017 and is part of Aberdeen Science Centre’s STEM learning programme. It involves children working in groups playing the role of a midstream infrastructure company like Kellas Midstream, to design and build a new gas pipeline that can transport gas safely, efficiently and cost-effectively from the North Sea, to an onshore processing terminal or refinery.
Kellas Midstream partnered with Aberdeen-based charity SensationALL to provide much needed hands-on support.
SensationALL provides support and multi-sensory experiences for children and adults with disabilities and multiple support needs, their families and associated professionals. In 2016, the charity was successful in its application for a Community Asset Transfer from Aberdeenshire Council for the Old Schoolhouse building in Westhill and is now working towards transforming it into a purpose-built facility.
In 2017, Kellas Midstream funded the purchase and installation of a new summer house, and was involved in painting, gardening and general maintenance. In 2018, the team was involved in removing and replacing cupboards, painting the main activity room, and upgrading the outdoor garden space. Kellas also funded the cost of new flooring and storage units.
The team at the CATS terminal on Teesside partnered with Children Challenging Industry (CCI) to develop and deliver an educational programme designed to challenge negative perceptions about engineering and heavy industry.
CCI is run by former primary school teachers who have a background and interest in STEM subjects, and a positive view of industry which they work hard to promote in the classroom.
The programme took a class of year six pupils from a local primary school through a range of classroom-based teaching of STEM-related topics, followed by a visit to the CATS terminal during which the children, supported by the CATS team, carried out a number of engineering experiments which brought the classroom lessons to life on an industrial scale.