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On Thursday 16th November 2023 we held our annual Conference & Awards.

This year’s conference theme was ‘Insight into the VCSE sector in Stockton’. As such, we welcomed several local VCSEs to the stage, bringing an interactive element using a live and interactive polling tool through smartphones. We also welcomed Mike Greene, CEO, Stockton Borough Council as a keynote speaker.

A key focus was to generate a deeper understanding of the VCSE sector as a collective both here in the Stockton Borough but also drawing on North East insights.

We also organised break out workshop sessions which included;

  • ‘A Journey Through Transition’ delivered by Hart Gables.
  • ‘Meet The Funders’ including The National Lottery and Teesside Charity
  • ‘Stockton Borough Council Services that benefit VCSE’s’ including Direct Payments & Stockton Information Directory presentations.

The Annual Catalyst Conference is the chance for VCSE organisations in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees to come together to discuss issues, network and learn more about what is happening.

Gallery from our 2023 Conference

The Catalyst Conference and 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.

Catalyst 2023 Impact Awards! Finalists & Winners

Our 2023 Impact Awards were announced at our event on Thursday 16th November. We revamped our awards to ensure we reach as many individuals, groups, charities and organisations as possible.

Young Volunteer of the year (under 18)

Sefi Ormston – Tees Rowing Club

Jessica Lendon – Cornerhouse Youth Project – WINNER

Alice Blackburn – Norton Cricket

Volunteer of the Year (18+)

Ruth Hicks – Recovery Connections

Leanne Yates – Nite Light CIC

Sue Hardy – Bungalow Partnership – WINNER

VCSE Employee of the Year

Rhys Stephens Citizens Advice – WINNER

Sandy Davis – Salvation Army

Darren Iveson – Five Lamps

Health & Wellbeing Impact Award

Starfish & Red Balloons

Home But Not Alone Volunteers

A Way Out – Liberty/Stage – WINNER

Youth Support Impact Award

Five Lamps

Cornerhouse Youth Project – WINNER

Stainsby Stud

Equalities Impact Award

Paula McMahon

Sanna Hussain – WINNER

Hart Gables

Public Sector Community Impact Award

SBC Community Engagement Team – WINNER

SBC Environmental Strategy Team

Debbie Branson – Norton Library

Business Community Impact Award

Just Williams – WINNER

Warburtons

Blackwell’s Butchers

Community Impact Award

This is going to a Public Vote! 

Billingham Wellbeing Group

Recovery Connections – WINNER

Nite Light CIC

Amal Project

Environmental Impact Award

Nite Light CIC Crisp Packet Project

Helen Deehan Next-door Nature Norton & Norton Green Market

Matthew Ford Huggins Thornaby Community Litter Project – WINNER

2023 Awards - Categories - Nominations now closed!

Sponsored by: Michael Poole Estate Agency

A chance to recognise an individual who is giving their time freely and is having an impact on their local community or support for a local group, charity, or organisation.

Criteria; Must be someone who gives their time in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and under 18 years old.

Sponsored by: Billingham Town Council

A chance to recognise an individual who is giving their time freely and is having an impact on their local community or support for a local group, charity, or organisation.

Criteria; Must be someone who gives their time in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and 18 years old and over.

Sponsored by: Could you sponsor? Message Us!

Nominate an individual, group, charity, or organisation who have had a positive impact on Health & Wellbeing across the Stockton-on-Tees Borough. This could be a drop in session, support network, a group or activity that supports Health & Wellbeing, a sports or fitness programme or group.

Criteria; Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and not for profit.

Sponsored by: Teesside University

Nominate an individual, group, charity, or organisation who is taking positive action in the fight against Climate Change and protection of our environment here in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough. It could be litter picking, tackling food waste, eco education programmes, climate change awareness, art projects, growing food, nature recovery initiatives to increase insects, wildlife, wildlife protection, growing programmes to name a few.

Criteria; Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and not for profit.

Sponsored by: Stockton Riverside College etc.

Nominate an individual, group, charity, or organisation who have had a positive impact on Youth Services across the Stockton-on-Tees Borough. Youth is defined as under 18’s, or under 25’s for those with SEND. It could be an individual who makes a youth activity the best! It could be those who are creating opportunities, supporting disadvantaged groups, removing barriers in communities to name a few.

Criteria; Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and not for profit.

Sponsored by: Tees Valley Community Foundation

Nominate an individual, group, charity, or organisation who champion equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).  Everyone has a right to equality of opportunity and esteem without fearing harassment or prejudice. This is your chance to nominate those who are championing EDI and ensuring we are cohesive communities and no one is left out or behind.

Criteria; Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and not for profit.

Sponsored by: Darlington Building Society

Nominate a group, charity, or organisation who have had a significant and positive impact on your community here in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough. This award is for those who our communities would be lost or worse off without. This award will go out to a broader public vote for a winner!

Criteria; Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough and not for profit.

Sponsored by: North Star Ventures

This award is to recognise the support from the public sector to the VCSE community. This could be the overall organisation or a department within. Examples of public sector are Police, Fire, Health Services, Local Government, Probation Service, Town or Parish Council, Borough Council, Libraries, Schools to name a few. You can nominate a team, department or overall organisation. This award recognises those who are going above and beyond to support the VCSE sector and work in collaboration.

Criteria; This is for a department or overall organisation as opposed to individuals. Must be delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough.

Sponsored by: Cornerstone Business Solutions

This award is to recognise the support the private sector/businesses have given to the VCSE sector. Has your organisation had support from a private business that has made a significant difference to your operations and activities? Maybe it’s volunteer days, support for building work, financial donation or ongoing commitment in other ways.

Criteria; This is for a private sector/businesses as opposed to individuals. Must be working in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough.

Sponsored by: Could you sponsor? Message Us!

This is a chance to recognise those working in the VCSE sector who go above and beyond. They may be a paid employee but their approach to work and dedication sets them out from others.

Criteria; An employee of a not for profit organisation delivering services in the Stockton-on-Tees Borough

Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards 2022

Looking Back – Conference & Awards 2022

The 2022 Catalyst Conference and Awards took place on Friday 18th November at Stockton Baptist Church. At our conference in the morning, we were delighted to invite Internationally renowned designer, and founder of Red or Dead, Wayne Hemingway MBE to speak about sustainability.

We also welcomed Mike Greene and Garry Cummings, the Managing Director and Deputy Managing Director from Stockton Borough Council to give a presentation on the developments in Stockton High Street.

  • Beth Dale – Regional Outreach Advisor from the DBS service
  • Ashley Staines – Co-Founder of Volunteero
  • Lorraine McConnell – National Lottery Funding Officer

In the afternoon we were thrilled to hear from Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ross Paterson who welcomed everyone in attendance and those watching via livestream to the Catalyst Achievement Awards. We also had the honour and privilege heard from Mrs Sue Snowden, His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham.

We heard from 27 finalists in 9 categories which highlighted the fantastic work that not only the VCSE sector but Public and Private sector to. The judging panel had the unenviable task of whittling 27 finalists down to 1 winner per category but we would like to congratulate, not just the winners but the finalists as well, and everyone who was nominated for their hard work in the last 12 months.

The winners of the 2022 Catalyst Awards are:

  • Volunteer of the year – Derick Walker, FRADE
  • Young Volunteer of the year – Abbiegail Jinks – HYPE Youth Project
  • VCSE Employee of the year – Colin Liddle, BCT Aspire
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a VCSE organisation in 2021/22 – ARCH Teesside
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a public sector organisation in 2021/22 – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Volunteer Service
  • Outstanding contribution to the community by a private company in 2021/22 – Premier Stores, Norton Road
  • Innovation of the year, in the VCSE sector – Billingham Boxing Academy
  • Best new VCSE organisation of the year – Yarm Wellness
  • Community Group of the year – The Lighthouse Drop-In Centre

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

Catalyst Conference & Achievement Awards 2021 Gallery

Catalyst Conference & Awards

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.

Contact Mark.Ferguson@CatalystStockton.org for more information.

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