Our partners

Building your skills for a brighter future

Step Forward Tees Valley relies on our dedicated, skilled and passionate partners to help us achieve our vision. Our partners are:


Northern Inclusion Consortium - overall management of Step Forward Tees Valley. 


Amacus Ltd - designs employment programmes that meet the needs of employers, and helps people progress into, and sustain, employment. Amacus delivers the ‘employment ready' skills package in Stockton and Hartlepool and group support to help participants with health issues to improve their wellbeing.

Catalyst Stockton on Tees Limitedis the Voluntary Development Agency for the Stockton borough. It provides practical guidance and support for organisations operating in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. They use their reach and presence to engage and support the programme. Catalyst also supports the recruitment and deployment of volunteers.

Changing Livesworks with people who are, or have been experiencing homelessness, are recovering from addiction, or are moving on from offending. They also deliver specialist women’s and family services, and provide employment opportunities. Changing Lives is leading on engaging local employers and businesses to develop volunteering, work placements and employment opportunities. Changing Lives also delivers the 'employment ready' skills package’ in Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, covering some of the essentials of entering the world of work. They lead on developing participant involvement in the delivery of the programme, peer mentors and volunteer co-ordination.

Darlington Citizens Advice Bureau - providing specialist support to improve participants' financial skills and to ensure future employment is sustainable. Providing budgeting support; money management; debt management; benefits rights; financial empowerment.

Enterprise Revolution CIC - delivery of the enterprise support package across Tees Valley.

Groundwork North East - working with local partners to improve the quality of the local environment, the lives of local people and the vitality of local businesses. Groundwork provides navigators in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland to work with participants to identify their strengths, any potential barriers, and to provide one-one support. 

Hartlepool and East Durham Mind offering therapeutic services to people with mental health concerns, helping to connect people and communities, promote positive health and wellbeing and provide counselling and recovery services. As part of Step Forward Tees Valley they are running programmes to improve individuals' mental health and wellbeing within Hartlepool. 

Hartlepool Citizens Advice Bureau - providing specialist support to improve participants financial skills.

Hartlepool Council support participants, to help identify their skills and matching this to appropriate local volunteering opportunities. They monitor the progress of volunteers, offering advice and assistance where required. They also work with organisations to create volunteering opportunities.

Humankind -  creates services and support to meet people’s complex health and social needs, helping them to build healthier lives that have meaning and value for themselves and their families. They support local people to create stronger, better-connected communities.

Mental Health Concern - supports patients with mental health problems through rehabilitation and recovery, dementia care, and psychological therapy. Mental Health Concern is providing specialist services and support to help participants improve their health and wellbeing. Activities involve motivational interviewing, solution-focused therapy and building resilience.

Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind  -  support from their health link workers is personalised and focuses on steps to achieving goals and overcoming barriers. They provide one-to-one emotional support, helping  people to develop tools and techniques to improve and maintain their wellbeing and help them to access a range of services for overcoming and/or managing mental and physical issues.

Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation - delivering sport activities/events to engage and retain participants across Tees Valley.


Middlesbrough Voluntary Development Agency - volunteering has the potential to make a major contribution in a person’s journey towards employment for those who face significant barriers. MVDA supports participants, helping to identify their skills and matching this to appropriate local opportunities. They monitor the progress of volunteers, offering advice and assistance where required. They also work with organisations to help create more volunteering opportunities.

Middlesbrough Citizens Advice Bureau - providing specialist support to improve participants' financial skills.

North East Autism Society

NUR Fitness - work to engage the BME community, especially women.

Pioneering Care Partnership - a charity and company with a focus on health improvement and reducing health inequalities through building life chances with disadvantaged communities. The partnership is delivering a programme in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland, focusing on practical self help techniques to equip people to recognise their own strengths and weaknesses and to set goals. It is encouraging participants to adopt healthier lifestyles, develop essential personal and social skills so they have improved wellbeing and greater personal resilience and are better equipped to move in their lives.

Redcar and Cleveland Citizens Advice Bureau - providing specialist support to improve participants' financial skills.


Redcar and Cleveland Voluntary Development Agency - providing activities/events to engage and retain participants, across Redcar and Cleveland and supporting the recruitment of volunteers.

Redcar and Cleveland Mind - delivers services and training that generate positive mental health outcomes and respond to the needs of the local community. Mind offers a range of services to provide personalised support including therapeutic and practical interventions, supported accommodation preparation for work or volunteering, one-one recovery sessions, peer group support and specialised training courses. Mind is providing specialist health support to promote participants' positive health and wellbeing.

Safe in Tees Valley Limited - providing specialist support/programmes to improve participants digital skills across Tees Valley.


Stockton and District Advice and Information Service - providing specialist support to improve participants financial skills.

Tees Valley Rural Action - providing engagement and access activities/events in the rural parts of Tees Valley, supporting volunteer recruitment and helping with  travel to work in rural communities.

Morrison Trust - delivering the 'employment ready' skills package in Darlington. They support people living in Darlington who want to move into or towards education, employment and training. Their employment coaches will offer personal development skills; one-to-one information, advice and guidance; career guidance; identifying goals; writing a CV; completing job applications and preparing for interview; IT skills; vocational training.





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