Christmas Is the Time of Giving, But At City & Guilds Kineo We Try To Give All Year Round!

City & Guilds Kineo are passionate about supporting local communities. As well as a busy 2013 winning awards for client elearning platforms, City & Guilds Kineo have given back to a variety of beneficial local schemes this year.

Although first priority is always the welfare and satisfaction of clients by providing them innovative and forward thinking elearning and learning portal opportunities, community support is also a key value, so supporting the local community and partaking in meaningful projects allows an impact to be made on our home turf too.

It’s been a pleasure; here’s just a snapshot of some great projects from 2013:

Green thumbed and proud!

Throughout the year much of the team has donned their wellies, getting dirty with shovels and doing lots of (constructive!) digging. They also had the chance to get stuck in to planting, weeding and other essential gardening activities.

Hands on and hard-working, City & Guilds Kineo has teamed up with some great outdoor charities this year, including a greenhouse project with the Emmaus charity, as well as pairings with Special Branch Tree Nursery and the Physic Garden project. These are generous and good-willed charities, all working towards positively impacting the environment and ensuring progressive futures.

Volunteer Fabien O’Carroll, Junior Web Developer, had a great time: “I feel like we helped out a great deal, and it was great to work with charities that rely solely on volunteer support.

Animal Lovers

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare is a compassionate and caring charity; committed to the welfare and wellbeing of all animals: rescuing, rehoming and providing sanctuary to over 1500 animals each year.

Joining forces with Raystede in May, a troupe of volunteers assisted the centre with a wealth of support and volunteering activities. From cleaning out kennels, to feeding the animals and working in their shop, hands were turned to everything. The entire team left the day with such a massive smile on their faces, and it was great to give all of their already well-loved animals some more support.

Sophie Harland, Learning Designer, speaks of her time volunteering: “I really enjoyed volunteering at Raystede. They rely on the work of volunteers so it felt great to get out of the office and do my bit to help. It was a great day all round; I even got to play with a puppy at the end!

Community Spirit

PatchFest is an annual volunteer-run, free community event put on for the benefit of residents in a small area of Brighton, UK. At the peak of summer, with live music, food stalls and even a beer tent you can imagine there was no shortage of volunteers!

Helping to set up a great day, the sturdy team lent a hand in assembling an array of stands and tents (executing the use of a sledgehammer with worrying precision), mowing lawns and making sure everything was set up on-time. With a mini-festival feel, PatchFest was a delight to be a part of and it was fantastic to support such a great sense of community here in Brighton.

The Hard Work Doesn’t Stop There

2013 has been a fantastic year for City & Guilds Kineo from a business perspective, but it’s great to see ties with the local community going from strength to strength. It’s showing no signs of stopping in 2014, with well-laid plans for a South Downs Plod for Action Medical Research taking place next summer, as well as many other community oriented events in the works throughout the year. Here’s to another great year of supporting local communities!

We’re proud of our services to local charities, so if you’re a charity or charitable organisation who would like some support in 2014, please send an e-mail to

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