Catalyse Change

Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting young women to develop sustainability skills and knowledge for ‘healthy, happy and green’ communities, careers and planet.  

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Our mission is to ignite the ambitions of young women with the skills and belief to catalyse the change they want to see in the world.
Sustainable and inclusive development is critical for a peaceful and prosperous world; and gender equality is key to achieving sustainability. At Catalyse Change we focus on ways we can inspire and skill teenage girls to be the next generation of change-agents. By providing them with inspiration and knowledge ‘to be the change they wish to see' in the world, we seek to tackle gender equality and sustainability by working with the very people who will realise that change.
What We Do

Catalyst Bootcamp

An inspiring, empowering & skilling programme for teenage girls – aged between 13 and 19 – who want to create a more sustainable future. This three day residential ‘Catalyst Bootcamp’ will provide young women with the inspiration, confidence, skills and mentors they need to make a positive difference. For those who are interested in a career in sustainability but aren’t yet sure how to achieve it.

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Catalyst Bootcamp

Why Women?

Gender inequality remains a key challenge. Britain has one of the worst records on gender equality at work, and men continue to fill the majority of the highest paid and most senior roles. Women also continue to be under-represented in leadership roles, in particular, those that influence policy. Yet, as identified by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, gender equality is key to creating an inclusive and sustainable world.

By 2030…

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development aims to end poverty, combat inequalities and promote prosperity while protecting the environment. “Women and girls make up more than half the world’s population — and they are on the frontlines — often more deeply impacted than men and boys by poverty, climate change, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, and global economic crises. Their contributions and leadership are central to finding a solution.”

Who We Are
Catalyse Change CIC has four directors, we are:
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Rhian Sherrington

Career coach

Rhian is a Career and Executive Coach (ACC), holds a Masters in Environmental Management and prior to setting up her own coaching and training business, enjoyed a successful career in behaviour change in the charitable sector and central Government. She is an award winning author, international speaker and founder of ‘Women in Sustainability’, a network and learning community enabling women to flourish in careers that are creating a sustainable world.

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Traci Lewis

Green project manager

Traci has developed and delivered many successful environmental and sustainability change programmes – across the EU & SW England – with diverse range of people from organic farmers, Local Authorities to community groups. She now runs her own change agency Sustain-Live Consulting Ltd working with innovative businesses and social enterprises to achieve ‘One Planet Living.’ She lives in Bristol with her teenage daughter Kira and enjoys good food, festivals and camping in Devon.

Jenna Holliday

Jenna Holliday

Gender rights

Jenna is an adept gender researcher and practitioner with a keen ability to develop and implement strategic gender specific and gender-responsive programming. She has significant experience working with UN Women and the International Labour Organization, developing policy with a particular focus on women migrant workers’ rights. Her current research focuses on how the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development can be used to promote and protect the rights of women.

Julie Ellison

Social Enterprise

Julie is a passionate advocate of social enterprise, starting her first social venture in the 1980s! After completing an MBA she specialised in social enterprise business support and was MD of Social Enterprise Works CIC. Julie is now delivering enterprise education to students in Higher Education and contributing to the development of an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurship.

Events & Programmes

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentors & Speakers

Catalyst Bootcamp
Bristol

Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Great News – we’ve received a Lottery Awards for All Grant!

It’s been a busy year for us at Catalyse Change CIC following our official launch in April, ‘Better Bristol’ crowdfunder campaign in June and first Catalyst Bootcamp in August. This was a 3-day residential programme to inspire, empower and skill young women as confident and resilient changemakers. It was a transformative few days for all involved –  so we will be rolling it out as a wider programme in 2018 – and are delighted to announce that we are receiving…

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Changemaker voices: Dominika’s Learning Story

Our 1st Catalyst Bootcamp was held in Bristol in August. The programme provided a mix of sustainability speakers, mentors and personal development tools – to support young women as confident & resilient change-makers – for green careers and planet. Dominika tells us about her experience and learning from attending the event. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your motivation for going on the Bootcamp. I am an A – level student, currently studying Geography, Sociology and Business. I…

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Changemakers voices: What did I learn at the Catalyst Bootcamp?

Our 1st Catalyst Bootcamp was held in Bristol in August. The programme provided a mix of sustainability speakers, mentors and personal development tools – to support young women as confident & resilient change-makers – for green careers and planet. Urvi from London tells us about her experience and learning from attending the event. Please tell us a bit about yourself and your motivation for going on the Bootcamp. I’m a 19 year old female who is interested in global politics…

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Empowering Young Women to be Confident & Resilient Changemakers

The Catalyst Bootcamp – So what have we learnt? Our first-ever Catalyst Bootcamp – in August – had a really special energy about it and there was tangible excitement from participants, facilitators, speakers and mentors alike. It was our first residential programme – with the aim of inspiring young women to be confident and resilient changemakers – and it felt throughout the three days like something pretty special and transformative was taking place. However did the evidence back up our…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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