All the volunteers who have done so much to help communities in Stockton during the COVID pandemic will be thanked for their invaluable contributions, during Volunteers Week.

We are hosting a number of events to celebrate volunteering during Volunteers Week: 1-7 June.

A key feature of the celebrations will be market stalls at each of the Borough’s markets, where people will be able to see the diversity of volunteering opportunities that Stockton has to offer. They will also be able to meet volunteers and learn about their volunteering experiences.

Tuesday 1 June sees the launch of the Volunteering Strategy for Stockton-on-Tees. Developed by Catalyst in partnership with Stockton Borough Council and with valuable input from organisations across the VCSE sector, the strategy sets out a vision for volunteering in Stockton, and an action plan which will mean that people who want to volunteer are able to find the best opportunity for them.

Also on 1 June, nominations open for the Catalyst Achievement Awards 2021. People can nominate volunteers or organisations that they feel have made a significant contribution to Stockton in the past 12 months. The Award Ceremony will take place in Stockton on 12 November.

Other events during Volunteers Weeks include a virtual coffee morning on Friday 4th of June, for volunteers will be on hand to discuss and answer any questions for people who may be considering getting into volunteering but don’t know where to start. There will also be social media activity throughout the week, and a word from Jon Carling, Catalyst’s CEO, about the vital role that volunteer play in making Stockton a thriving, caring and exciting place to live and work.

For further information on National Volunteers’ Week visit:

Volunteers and voluntary sector organisations will be at market stalls between 9am and 4pm on the following dates:

  • Stockton Market on 2nd and 5th June
  • Thornaby Market on 3rd June
  • Billingham Market on 7th June.

During Volunteers Week our social media channels will promote volunteer stories and say a note of thanks to those who helped all year long. Others are encouraged to Tweet, Facebook or Instagram their stories too and celebrate volunteering during the week. Remember to add #VolunteersWeek to your social media posts!

The virtual coffee morning takes place on the morning of Friday 4 June on zoom. Anyone is welcome to join. To book a place please contact Helen Burns at

The categories for the Catalyst Achievement Awards 2021 are as follows:

  • Innovation as a Result of COVID-19
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Business Sector
  • Outstanding Achievement in the Public Sector
  • Young Volunteer of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Outstanding Achievement for a VCSE Organisation.

Find out more about the Catalyst Achievement Awards


For more information about our activities during Volunteers Week, please contact


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