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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.

This 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. This year the Conference and Awards took place on Friday 12th November at the Oakwood Centre, Cleasby Way, Eaglescliffe, TS16 0RD.

Catalyst Awards

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 Wynyard Hall in the Grand Marquee, over 270 people came together to celebrate the sector. The highlight of the evening was The Moses Project, the Outstanding Achievement winner. They were recognised for their work giving effective and meaningful support to men struggling with addiction and homelessness.

The Catalyst Achievement Awards will be taking place on Friday 12th November 2021, 1:30pm, this will be dependent on Government restrictions at that time.

The categories will reflect the work that has been undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic and 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 for a VCSE Organisation

This year we’ve received a high calibre of nominations showcasing the wide variety of community support offered during the pandemic across the Stockton Borough.

View the Catalyst Achievement Awards 2021 Finalists

View all the Catalyst Achievement Awards 2021 Nominees

View Catalyst Achievement Awards 2021 Categories

Download the Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards Agenda


Celebrating the outstanding work of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector.

Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards 2021

Catalyst Conference

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.

The Catalyst Conference: The VCSE sector in Stockton-on-Tees in 2022 and beyond during the morning of our full-day event on Friday 12th November 2021, starting at 9:30am, this will be dependent on Government restrictions at that time.

Key Speakers:

Professor Tony Chapman

Professor Tony Chapman is Director of Policy&Practice at St Chad’s College, Durham University. For the last fifteen years he has been tracking the changing structure, dynamics and impact of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in North East England in the Third Sector Trends Study – which will continue for the sixth time in June 2022.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day, including a buffet lunch at 1:00pm. This will be great opportunity to network with people after so many months when we weren’t able to! There will also be stalls to visit to find out more about what’s happening in the sector in Stockton.

Julie Danks

Julie is the Managing Director of Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council where she has worked for over 30 years, starting as an Accounting Technician in 1988. She became Corporate Director of Resources and Chief Finance Officer in 2003 and has led a number of service areas as well as developing and maintaining the Council’s Medium Term Financial Plan – a particularly difficult task during the last 10 years as the Council has had to find £45m in savings and has reduced staff numbers by over 1200 (almost a third).

Julie was instrumental in the creation of Xentrall Shared Services, which delivers back office services to Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington councils, clocking-up savings of more than £13.6million in its first 10 years, and it is still going strong today. She also oversaw the formation of the Tees Valley Combined Authority.

In 2019 Julie became Managing Director of the Council. Since stepping into the role, she has led the Council through a positive peer review as well as continuing to drive a number of key initiatives including the redevelopment and refocusing of the Borough’s six town centres. More recently she has led the response to the COVID pandemic both for the Borough as a whole and the organisation itself – a particularly hectic few years!

She lives in the Tees Valley and is proud to serve the people of the Borough.

Download the Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards Agenda

Contact for more information.

Marie Kerr, SWAN Project Manager

The place to be for the VCSE.

Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards Agenda

Download the Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards Agenda

COVID Procedures:

  • Please wear a mask at all times, except when seated in the main auditorium, unless you are unable to. All delegates will be provided with a mask on entering the building
  • There will be plenty of sanitizer dispensers – please use sanitiser after contacting surfaces, equipment etc
  • We will ‘close’ every second seat in the auditorium, so that people are seated at least one seat apart from others
  • Please observe social distancing during the event, including in the queues for lunch, looking at stalls etc
  • Lunch will be provided to delegates in a bag, rather than from a buffet. When you registered you will have selected a lunch option. Please keep a note of this so that you pick up a bag with your selection in it.

We’re really looking forward to seeing everyone at the event!