Catalyse Change

Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise supporting girls and 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 girls and young women – aged between 14- 24 years – 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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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

My Green Education & Career – Kate Bruintjes

Name: Kate Martin Bruintjes Job: Director, Green Unlimited, Bristol Qualifications: MSc Environmental Science Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional? I followed in my parents’ footsteps – they set up an environmental consultancy in the 1980s and, like them, I was always had a passion in geography/environment at school. For university I wanted to study something more modern and applied than pure geography and found that Environmental Science fitted the bill. What was your first environment/sustainability job? At university I considered…

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Using mindfulness apps – my favourites

From checking emails before bed to constant notifications from social media, our phones can often contribute to our daily stress. However there are now a range of apps which you can use to help you manage and improve your wellbeing.   Morwenna Bugg has written us a guest blog about her experiences using two of the most popular mindfulness apps.. A little bit about my experience using a couple of mindfulness style apps. I have only used them for short periods…

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Green Careers for young women – workshop & free ebook

Imagine if you could create a career for yourself which you not only enjoyed but also helped to make the world a better place. If you could combine what your care most passionately about, with what you can also get paid to do. Bristol-based social enterprise Catalyse Change have just produced free ebook for young women ‘5 Steps to a Dream Green Career’ to help them do just that. We are faced with very real pressing economic, environmental and social…

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Green careers

5 Steps to Achieving your Dream Green Career – free ebook

Imagine if you could create a career for yourself which you not only enjoyed but also helped to make the world a better place. A Sustainable Economy is one that delivers social and economic value in a way that is low carbon and resource efficient, operates within environmental limits, is resilient to changing environmental conditions, and contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.  https://www.iema.net/policy/sustainability-skills-in-infrastructure.pdf The Problem We are faced with very real pressing economic, environmental and social problems which require…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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