What is Catalyst?

Catalyst is the voice representation and support for Stockton-on-Tees’ Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

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 800+ members 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.


Putting the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector first. To support and develop a strong and thriving VCSE sector, delivering high-quality services to people, organisations and communities in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees and the Tees Valley.


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

Leadership, Partnership, Collaboration, Fair, Inclusive, Socially Responsible, Welcoming Challenge, Developmental, Accountable, Flexible, Determined and Passionate.