We know that this Winter it will be as challenging as last year if not more for many people across the Stockton-on-Tees Borough, so this page is dedicated to Support & Appeals as a one stop page to know what’s happening with the incredible VCSE sector we have here.

We will promote appeals, where you can access support, plus promote events and activities that benefit those most in need in our communities.

To feature on this page please email comms@catalyststockton.org


Family Action’s annual Toy Appeal aims to make Christmas magic for the children and young people we work with, by providing them with a gift they may otherwise not have had.

For many of us, Christmas is a magical time. However, for many of the families we support, it can often cause added stress and difficulty. Family and financial pressures, coinciding with a national cost-of-living crisis, means that many of the families we support are struggling. By supporting our Toy Appeal you can make a difference.

Each year, we receive requests from our services for toys that they can give to the families they support. In the past 5 years, we have distributed over 50,000 presents to families in challenging circumstances across the country.

Family Action Christmas Toy Appeal – Make Theirs Magic (family-action.org.uk)

The Bungalow Partnership welcome donations for their Care to Share – Festive hamper appeal for families.  Donations would form part of food and toy hampers that are provided to families in need during December.

The items we seek are as follows:

Toy Hampers:

  • New Toys (cars, dolls, games, instruments, jigsaws, figures etc
  • Art making materials
  • New Books (for children and teenagers)
  • Make-up and smelly sets for teenagers
  • Children and teen gloves
  • Children and teen socks
  • Earphones

Other Items:

  • Selection boxes
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Cellotape
  • Batteries
  • Santa sacks

Food Hampers:

  • Tinned Goods
  • Pasta and Rice
  • Boxed Cereal
  • Boxed Biscuits
  • Long Life Milk
  • Washing up liquid
  • Handwash
  • Tubs of sweets/ chocolates
  • Part baked bread
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Sugar
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Bottles of cordial

The Bungalow Partnership

December Community Events

Sunday 3rd December 2023 at 3.00pm

Stockton Unitarian Church, Wellington Street, Stockton On Tees TS18 1QQ

Open invitation for Tree Dressing & Carol Service to bring people together

Sunday 17th December 2023 at 3.00pm

Stockton Unitarian Church, Wellington Street, Stockton On Tees TS18 1QQ

Sing the Season, where we will be singing Christmas songs such as the 12 Days of Christmas, White Christmas etc, with mince pies and non-alcoholic mulled wine.  Everyone will be very welcome.

Food Banks, Pantries & Low Cost Shopping

To access a list of all food banks, panties and low cost shopping options click this extensive list.

July 23 – Community Pantries, Foodbanks, Ecoshops and other food resources in Stockton-on-Tees (catalyststockton.org)