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Dogs and ducks!

Some unusual and enjoyable events took place this year to help raise money for the chosen charities of the Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Lynne Apedaile, among them a duck race and a sponsored dog walk. The River Tees was awash with ducks, of the plastic kind, as they bobbed 200 metres downstream. Residents and businesses from across the Borough were invited to buy a duck and the first handful to finish received a range of great prizes including, among others, a Dawson and Sanderson holiday voucher and dinner for two at Judges Restaurant. Money raised from the event was donated jointly to The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen Families Association (SSAFA), one of the Mayor’s chosen charities, as well as to The Rifles Care for Casualties and The Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund. Another event, in partnership with the Dogs Trust and Stockton Council’s Animal Welfare team, saw dogs and their owners turning out in force to take part in a 3km Waggy Walk around Preston Park to support the Trust. The Mayor also participated with her Border Collie, Sally. All those taking part received a certificate and a doggy goody bag of treats with prizes for the best dressed dog and owner. Stockton Council’s Animal Welfare team provided free-chipping on the day. Councillor Apedaile said: “All those who took part had great fun in both events and I am grateful to all those who took time out to help raise money for these worthwhile charities. And chipping definitely works! One little dog was found during the walk without its owner. The team scanned it for a chip and were able to contact the owner to reunite the pair.”

strong communities The Mayor of Stockton enjoys a walk with everyone at the Waggy Walk

The proud winners of the Catalyst’s Annual Achievement Awards

New service from Tees Credit Union

A catalyst for success

Members of Tees Credit Union can now save money by making loan payments or saving deposits over the phone or online. Tees Credit Union is a community bank with around 1,800 members covering Stockton, Thornaby, Billingham, Eaglescliffe and Yarm. The scheme offers affordable loans and great saving options. Now, thanks to the National KEYIVR scheme, members can make payments for just £1 – making it a cheaper option than driving or catching a bus to get to a collection point. Diane Patterson, Manager of Tees Credit Union, said: “We are always looking at ways to improve our services for our members. This new system will allow people to make payments or deposits, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, meaning they can do it when it is convenient for them. “We have collection points throughout the Borough, but with an increase in online and phone banking, this easy to use service is another way for people to manage their finances. To use KEYIVR phone (01642) 695533 or visit For more details about Tees Credit Union call (01642) 753517 or visit Stockton Renaissance Partnership Board 15th January 2013, 5pm, Education Centre 5th March 2013, 5pm, Education Centre

Stockton Renaissance Partnership Board Meetings The Stockton Renaissance Partnership Board brings together the public, private, business, community and voluntary sectors to work together for the social, environmental and economic regeneration of the Borough and your local areas. The meetings are open to the public, so if you would like to attend, please call the number below to confirm the venue. If you would like further information, visit or contact Sarah Robinson on (01642) 526498. To get involved with your community you can also visit the My Community pages on


Central Area Partnership Board 29th November, 2pm, Stockton Business Centre 31st January, 10am, venue to be confirmed 28th February, 2pm, venue to be confirmed 28th March, 10am, venue to be confirmed Northern Area Partnership Board 3rd December, 5.45pm, venue to be confirmed 7th January, 5.45pm, venue to be confirmed 4th February, 5.45pm, venue to be confirmed Eastern Area Partnership Board 27th November, 9.30am, Five Lamps Organisation 29th January, 5.30pm, Five Lamps Organisation Western Area Partnership Board 26th November, 6pm, venue to be confirmed

Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise groups are relentless in their hard work in helping to improve the lives of people across Stockton Borough. Catalyst, the local organisation which brings together and supports these groups, recently recognised these unsung heroes in its third annual awards.

The Community Building Award was won by Elm Tree Community Centre. Run by a dedicated management team headed by Marilyn Surtees where she is often involved in events and committees.

Winner of the Youth Volunteer Award was Kelly Potts of the Targeted Areas Resident Association (TARA). Kelly helps young people in NEET programmes (not in education, employment or training). She is also a voluntary member of Tees Valley Housing’s Scrutiny Panel.

Chris Kemp of ReBuild North East was handed the Most Enterprising Third Sector Award. ReBuild North East takes discarded material from commercial organisations and recycles and renews them so they can be re-sold. The income is used to support the launch of a new social enterprises and help local organisations reduce costs on a variety of raw materials.

The Adult Volunteer Award went to Lorraine Tweddle who began her volunteering career around 25 years ago. She began doing shopping for older people. Then became involved with the former Stockton International Family Centre and the BME community working with the football team from Corner House, Stockton. Currently she is involved with the Town Centre Residents’ Association and finds time to organise events for children and fundraise for local charities. CHAT won the Community Group Award. The drop-in and support centre on Yarm Lane in Stockton offers counselling and therapeutic groups where friendship is always on offer. The Trustee Award went to Jim Beall for his involvement with Eastern Ravens Trust, first as a Director, then as Chair. He has devoted a great deal of time and energy to the organisation as a ‘guiding force’ for staff and Board members. Love Stockton won the Partnership Award for generating a positive environment within Stockton including promoting unified working amongst local Christian churches and organisations.

The award for Biggest Health Impact went to Harbour which offers holistic services to address domestic abuse throughout the North East. The Outstanding Achievement Award winner was founder member of the Friends of Ropner Park, June Robertson-Whyte. June recently celebrated her 80th birthday and is involved on a daily basis dealing not only with the finances of the café but also helping to organise events, concerts and improvements to the Park.

Happy Birthday Catalyst! Catalyst will be celebrating its fifth birthday on December 7. It now has around 250 members and has brought together around 400 organisations, volunteers and groups for the good of the community. To celebrate they will be inviting trustees and members, past and present, to the Georgian Theatre in Stockton for a very special birthday party.


Stockton News - Winter 2012  
Stockton News - Winter 2012  

The Winter 2012 edition of Stockton News