Catalyst is the charity that supports other charities in Stockton-on-Tees.

We work with a wide variety of organisations in Stockton-on-Tees, to find innovative solutions that help them to continually improve and thrive. We offer a range of specialist support, strategic operations and a commitment to push forward the conditions in which our VCSE colleagues operate.


Our Role

Catalyst Stockton-on-Tees is the strategic infrastructure organisation for the borough of Stockton-on-Tees. Established in 2007, the organisation was conceived as a partnership project between the VCSE and local authority. The concept was to create an overarching body that could act in a number of ways to further the impact, reputation and opportunities of the VCSE in the Borough.



Catalyst is a forward thinking and contemporary strategic infrastructure organisation, facilitating leadership for the voluntary, community & social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Stockton-on-Tees.



To be the best practice infrastructure organisation in a strong, healthy VCSE sector. We have a vision of a coherent and single sector, working together in partnership with public bodies and private businesses as well as VCSE organisations to deliver services to the communities in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the Tees Valley.


Our Values

  • Connecting and Collaborating
  • Ethical and Trustworthy
  • Empowering Leadership
  • People-focused and Inclusive
  • Proactive and Resilient

Our Business Plan 2024/25

The Catalyst Business Plan includes our company objectives, our budget and our key areas of work.

Download Our Business Plan

Catalyst is a member of the Tees Valley Infrastructure Partnership.


Through regular meetings the Partnership has developed a commitment to:

  • Champion the work of the voluntary and community sector
  • Advocate for the interests of the voluntary and community sector
  • Build capacity of the voluntary and community sector
  • Promote collaboration
  • Signpost and connect organisations and individuals


The Tees Valley Infrastructure Partnership consists of:

We offer a range of specialist support around finance, governance, business planning and training for the 300+ VCSE organisations and community groups in Stockton-on-Tees.