Support and development for voluntary and community groups

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We work with Catalyst and Tees Valley Community Foundation to support the Stockton Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises working in the Borough.

In these pages you can find information about the support we provide to help the voluntary community sector grow and thrive.


Food Banks 

You will find a list of food banks operating across the Borough which provide food, toiletries and advice in an emergency. For further information on this please see our attached Emergency Food Aid Information Directory


The Stockton Borough Compact

The Stockton Borough Compact 2018-2021 is the agreement that defines the relationships between sectors in Stockton borough. It is a guide as to how all sectors can work together to improve the lives of the residents of the Stockton-on-Tees Borough.



Catalyst (Stockton Voluntary Development Agency) is an organisation for the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees committed to providing an effective voice, representation and support for the third sector (voluntary and community groups and social enterprises) within the Borough.

Contact Catalyst

Address: Catalyst House, 27 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3NJ

Telephone: 01642 733906

Email: [email protected]


Stockton Borough Community Fund

Grants awards to voluntary and community sector organisations up to £500. The fund is administered by Tees Valley Community Foundation.

Visit the Tees Valley Community Foundation website for further information. 

For more information on other funding opportunities please refer to the Catalyst and Tees Valley Community Foundation websites.


Community Right to Challenge

The Community Right to Challenge report summarises the measures set out within the Localism Act relating to a range of community rights.

The community rights within the Localism Act are aimed at helping to create the conditions for communities to play a bigger part in shaping the world around them including shaping and running local services through the Community Right to Challenge, taking over local assets of community value through the Community Right to Bid, community-led development using the Community Right to Build, or adopting a neighbourhood plan under neighbourhood planning.


Scrutiny of Strong Communities Policies

The Council's Corporate and Social Inclusion Select Committee monitors and evaluates the way in which we work and how policies are being implemented and developed.

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