Stockton Volunteering Partnership

Stockton Volunteers believes in providing the best environment to facilitate volunteering in the Borough of Stockton-on-Tees. To that end Stockton Volunteers hosts quarterly forum meetings where volunteer involved organisations (VIOs) come together to discuss, debate, learn and network.

It is our hope that in hosting these meetings we can bring together the many organisations in the Borough that are working hard to make the area a better place, and collectively tackle the difficult issues and changing environment charitable organisations may face.

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Our Next Meeting Is:

Thursday 22nd March 2018

10:00 – 13:00

Stockton Watersports Centre

❖ Agenda TBA ❖

Previous Partnership Meetings:


Stockton Volunteering Partnership Meeting

The meeting was held at 10:00 – 13:00, 23rd November 2017 at the Stockton Town Football Club.

This Stockton Volunteering Partnership focused on managing volunteers and the legal issues around volunteering and employment law, with an excellent presentation given by Karen Millburn of SkillShare North East. A copy of the presentation can be found here:

After a brief break we heard from Andy Cattermole, Head of Staff Volunteering & Outreach at Experiencing Durham – part of Durham University. The presentation illuminated the wide range of volunteering, social action, and community outreach that Durham University, its staff, and its students engage in. More information is included in Andy’s presentation, which can be found here:


As usual, lunch provided a great networking opportunity for all involved.

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Stockton Volunteering Partnership Meeting

The meeting was held at 10:00 – 13:00, 27th July 2017 at the Newtown Community Resource Centre, Stockton-on-Tees.

During the first Partnership Meeting there was an interest in developing a Stockton Borough bespoke Kite Mark for Volunteering. The Partnership explored this idea further at this meeting with a presentation from Abby Thompson – Durham County Community Action, on The Durham County Kite Mark for Volunteering. This also gave a great opportunity to ask questions and understand how Kite Mark for Volunteering has benefited organisations in County Durham.
You can download the kite mark documents and view the presentation here:

We had requests for a ‘speed-dating’ exercise! The idea is that each of attendee gets an opportunity to speak to another person for 3 minutes on a specific issue/subject, then move on to the next person and so on. It was a great and  effective way of sharing ideas and information about your organisation.

For this meeting the subject was all things do with, “Recruitment and Retention of Volunteers.” I.e. innovate ideas for encouraging volunteer, policies to protect both the organisation and volunteer in their management, and strategies for retaining and celebrating volunteers.

There was a short presentation, video and opportunity to discuss the Stockton Volunteering Market, which took place in June, its positives and negatives and how to improve the event for the future, which can be viewed below.
As usual, lunch provided a great networking opportunity for all involved.

If you have any questions, or for more information, contact, or

Stockton Volunteering Partnership Meeting

The meeting was held at 10:00 – 13:00, 23rd March 2017 at the
Teesside Golf Club, 9 Acklam Rd, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland TS17 7JS


10:00 – Welcome

10.15 – Presentation

Lorraine Nevison of Safe in Tees Valley, National Citizenship Service, will give a presentation on utilising the untapped resource of young volunteers:

“We all recognise that securing volunteers can be challenging. Each year the NCS look for 350 volunteering opportunities for their young people to accesses – this is an untapped resource that organisations could capitalise upon and Lorriane will provide information on what, if anything organisations need to do to recruit young volunteers.”

Followed by Q & A

11:00 – Presentation

Fabienne Bailey of Stockton Learning and Skills Service, will give a presentation on the free training available to volunteers in Stockton:

“We’ll talk about the range of free training available to organisations to help support their volunteers i.e. Safeguarding, British Values, Conflict Management, Digital Skills, and Volunteering packages. We’ll also be talking about the fully funded ‘free’ Community Learning offer for individuals and details on Apprenticeship Training to upskilling the workforce or bring on new recruits.”

Followed by Q & A

11.45 – Information Sharing

An opportunity for organisations to advertise and promote forthcoming events etc.

12:00 – Lunch and Networking

Please feel free to bring your organisations promotional materials.  During lunch there will be an idea’s board for you to register/suggest ideas for our next partnership meeting in June.

Stockton Volunteering Partnership Meeting

The first meeting of the Stockton Volunteering Partnership was held on the 6th of December at 12:30 – 14:30 at the Music Room, Preston Park Museum .

Volunteer Involved Organisations across Stockton came together to plan and discuss volunteering in our Borough and how we can shape its future, and celebrations of volunteering for the coming year.

The agenda for this meeting included:

  • Purpose of Stockton Volunteering Partnership
  • Stockton Volunteers thus far
  • Question and Answer Session
  • Discussion Groups examining: The website, future meetings, 2017 Volunteering Week celebrations,Quality Marks for Volunteering.
  • Networking

Following the first Stockton Volunteering Partnership meeting, feedback notes from the discussions at the meeting can be found by clicking the button below:
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