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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.

The 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 will take place on Friday 18th November at Stockton Baptist Church, The Square, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1TE.

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 the Oakwood Centre, where over 150 people came together to celebrate the sector. The highlight of the 2021 awards was the Volunteer of the Year, Sahida Ditta and her incredible contribution to getting essential support established, organised, and tailored for those in need. As well as being a driving force for both the Amal Project Teesside and the Eco Shop in Arlington Park.

This year, the Catalyst Achievement Awards will be taking place on Friday 18th November 2022.

The categories will reflect the ongoing efforts and work of the VCSE sector and are as follows:

  • Volunteer of the Year
  • Young Volunteer of the Year (under-25)
  • Community Group of the Year
  • VCSE employee of the year
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a VCSE organisation in 2021/22
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a public sector organisation in 2021/22
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a private company in 2021/22
  • Innovation of the Year, in the VCSE sector
  • Best new VCSE organisation of the year

Find out more about our award categories

Stay tuned! A full list of award nominations will be published soon!

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.

Key Speakers of 2021:

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.

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 2021 Agenda

Contact for more information.

Marie Kerr, SWAN Project Manager

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