Bringing the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector in Stockton-on-Tees together
The Catalyst Conference and Achievement Awards is a highlight of the year for those involved in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector in Stockton-on-Tees.
The Catalyst Conference and Awards provide the perfect opportunity for our sector to come together to network and meet other VCSE organisations, and to celebrate the success of the sector in the Borough for the outstanding work they have carried out in the previous year.
The 2022 Catalyst Conference and Awards took place on Friday 18th November at Stockton Baptist Church. At our conference in the morning, we were delighted to invite Internationally renowned designer, and founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway MBE to speak about sustainability.
We also welcomed Mike Greene and Garry Cummings, the Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director from Stockton Borough Council to give a presentation on the developments in Stockton High Street.
At noon three individual workshops were held that included:
Beth Dale – Regional Outreach Advisor from the DBS service
Ashley Staines – Co-Founder of Volunteero
Lorraine McConnell – National Lottery Funding Officer
In the afternoon we were thrilled to hear from Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ross Paterson who welcomed everyone in attendance and those watching via livestream to the Catalyst Achievement Awards. We also had the honour and privilege heard from Mrs Sue Snowden, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham.
We heard from 27 finalists in 9 categories which highlighted the fantastic work that not only the VCSE sector but Public and Private sector to. The judging panel had the unenviable task of whittling 27 finalists down to 1 winner per category but we would like to congratulate, not just the winners but the finalists as well, and everyone who was nominated for their hard work in the last 12 months.
Each year we receive numerous amount of nominations which reflect the high calibre of the work going on in our Borough by the VCSE. The event itself raises the profile of Catalyst in the region and our nominees often go on to be recognised regionally and nationally.
The previous Catalyst Achievement Awards were held at the Oakwood Centre, where over 150 people came together to celebrate the sector. The highlight of the 2021 awards was the Volunteer of the Year, Sahida Ditta and her incredible contribution to getting essential support established, organised, and tailored for those in need. As well as being a driving force for both the Amal Project Teesside and the Eco Shop in Arlington Park.
This year, the Catalyst Achievement Awards will be taking place on Friday 18th November 2022.
The categories will reflect the ongoing efforts and work of the VCSE sector and are as follows:
Volunteer of the Year
Young Volunteer of the Year (under-25)
Community Group of the Year
VCSE employee of the year
Outstanding contribution to the community by a VCSE organisation in 2021/22
Outstanding contribution to the community by a public sector organisation in 2021/22
Outstanding contribution to the community by a private company in 2021/22
The Annual Catalyst Conference is the chance for Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations in Stockton-on-Tees to come together.
At the conference VCSE organisations have the opportunity to discuss issues, to network, and to learn more about what is happening in our Borough. Each year the Conference is themed around a topic relevant to the VCSE that year.
The conference gives attendees the chance to listen to speakers, attend workshops, network and visit stalls from charities and organisations from within our Borough.