Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Our Catalyst Programme inspires and empowers young women as confident and resilient changemakers. Use booking links below to reserve your place or for more information contact

Catalyst Bootcamp is on 1-3 August 2018  Book here

Our flagship annual 3-day residential programme – on Bristol University campus –  to inspire, empower and skill young women as confident, resilient changemakers.  Our first Catalyst Bootcamp (CB) in 2017 was a transformative and fun experience for everyone who took part.

The programme includes; workshops and presentations to explore sustainability principles and practice, problem-solving sustainability challenges and inspirational women talking about their own education and career pathways and experiences.

Here is some feedback from our Catalyst Bootcamp in 2017 (CB17):

The primary reason I would recommend the Bootcamp to a friend is that you meet so many females who are interested in the same field you are interested in. Too often females are silent on issues surrounding sustainability they are passionate about because there aren’t any like-minded individuals who would campaign with them. But, the Bootcamp is the perfect place to find females who are as passionate as you are to make a change in the world!”   Urvi, participant CB 2017

I was positively surprised by the Catalyst Bootcamp, everything was better than I expected and my expectations were already really high. Everyone was friendly and each person was an interesting individual.”   Dominika, participant CB 17

“I can only say good things about my experience at the Bootcamp, from the sign up and all the friendly e-mails before, to the actual event. Everything was impeccably planned: the speakers, the food, the rooms, and we even got a goodie bag as a nice surprise – and of course an endless supply of tea and biscuits! I really liked the fact that we could not only hear from the speakers when they gave their presentation, but afterward we got to talk to them in small group and ask individual questions and hear more of their story. It was also really nice that we had such a variety of local speakers that really represented all the different industries.” Emilie, participant CB 17

The Bootcamp has made me more aware of my own wellbeing. Now, I regularly practice breathing exercises and try to do yoga once a day to control my own mental health.”  Urvi

To find out more and reserve your Early Bird place – visit Catalyst Bootcamp 2018

Here is some more feedback from our Catalyst Bootcamp in 2017 (CB17):

Green Careers workshopI have thoroughly enjoyed the past 3 days, met some amazing people and felt less anxious about the future now I know there are so many opportunities.” Participant, Catalyst Bootcamp 2017 (CB17)

It was a significant experience for [our daughter].  [We] have, in turn, gained so much from hearing her talk us through her highlights, plus – as parents- relish the couple of inches she seemed to have grown whilst there, with regards emotional intelligence and confidence.”  Parent of CB17 participant

“I have become more organised and calm about my future. Also I know how to deal with stress and anxiety due to the motivational sessions and I’m not afraid to speak up.Dominika, CB17

It’s an exciting industry to work because it is growing so rapidly, and there is so much innovation involved. All the speakers that I talked to were very passionate about their own subject and enjoyed discussing it with us, giving the impression that you can combine your work with what you are passionate about.”   Emilie, CB17

“During the 3 days I met the most inspiring females in my life. I didn’t expect to meet such active members in the sustainability industry. Meeting people who work for the UN from females who created their own startups in the local Bristol area showed me the variety of work I could get involved in as a passionate female myself.” Urvi, CB17

Contact for more information and/or an application form for assisted or bursary places.  


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Schools & communities – bespoke programme

We also offer a range of workshops –  1-2hr / full day – for young people to support their Green Education and Career path, framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Traci came into our sixth form and delivered an engaging workshop to a group of Year 12 students. Her passion and knowledge of sustainability was clear to see and enthused our learners. The girls were challenged to consider their personal ‘why’ with regards to their own green career and it was fantastic to see them approach their post-18 options considering their own values. Our students really enjoyed the session and had a clearer idea of the soft skills they needed to develop for a successful career. We would happily welcome Traci back!”  Emma Lippiett, Deputy Head of 6th Form, Colston’s Girls School, Bristol

These workshops are designed to be suitable for both young men and women and can be tailored to the students objectives and needs.

To discuss options please contact Traci 



Bristol Young Womens Catalyst Meet-Up Group

5-7pm, 3rd Wednesday each month, central Bristol locations  For More Info
Would you like to meet up with other young women who are interested in sustainability, Green Careers and being Catalysts for Change?

If you are a young women interested in finding out more, getting involved or would just want to meet others also interested in sustainability and green issues, then please do join us. We look forward to meeting you there.

Click here to Join the Meet-up Group – remember to RSVP for the meeting you want to join as they do have limited capacity.

For more information about our outreach programme contact Traci Lewis



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