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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Catalyse Change

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 young women 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.

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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.”

Our Funders
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Who We Are
Catalyse Change CIC has three directors, we are:
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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 now delivers enterprise education to students in Higher Education and contributing to the development of an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurship. She now also runs her own social enterprise Make It Studios – a shared enterprise and workhub – in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

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Events & Programmes

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentors & Speakers

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Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring 2020

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Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

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7 Tips for virtual internships & CV building

Hellie, a 2nd year student at Exeter Uni, shares her tips for boosting your employability through virtual internships and CV building.    The coronavirus crisis has brought many challenges for young people. It has made it more difficult to find work and internships. Which has hampered our efforts to develop our CV’s. It can be frustrating leaving school or university and then feel like you are losing valuable time and experiences. So I am going to share my 7 top…

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Would you like to Mentor a Young Woman?

Are you a woman working for social or environmental change who would like to help inspire the next generation of change makers? The Catalyse Change 2020.21 Mentoring programme is now open if you would like to mentor a young woman? The world is facing serious environmental and social problems, and now more than ever we are on the cusp of great change. Fridays for the Future have seen more than 13 million people taking to the streets across the globe…

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What’s an online Green Career Masterclass like?

Taryn Everdeen shares her experiences of our recent ‘Feeding Britain’ – our 1st online Green Career Masterclass.  We’re a month into lockdown when I hop onto Zoom to join Catalyse Change’s 1st online Green Career Masterclass ‘Feeding Britain.’ Having attended a few of their events before, I have high expectations of anything under the Catalyse Change banner–and I’m not disappointed. Faces join mine on the screen, some of them familiar–we met at the 2019 Catalyst Bootcamp–and others I don’t recognise.…

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Why I mentor young women

Lucy, one of our Catalyse Change mentors, tells us all about her own varied sustainability career journey and why she has decided to now also mentor young women. Name: Lucy Gatward Current occupation: Freelance communications specialist on various sustainability projects. Current projects: Going for Gold Bristol – Food Sector Lead; City to Sea: managing Food Sector project. My sustainability career journey I can probably point to the start of my sustainability career in two parts. The first is accidental, the…

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Partner With Us
Catalyse Change increases the opportunities for young women to pursue sustainable futures by partnering with organisations and individuals to build a network of support.

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By partnering with us, you get to:

Access a growing and diverse network of dynamic young women, set to be the next generation of sustainability leaders and changemakers.
 
Make a real difference to the futures of young women, and mark yourself out as a leader for progress.
 
Train mentors with the skills to guide young women along their career paths, while fostering mutual understanding between the young women and your organisation.
 
Increase your brand recognition with the most connected, socially minded, and environmentally conscious generation in history.

Opportunities to partner with us include:

Supporting more young women to gain access to our programme content – both in person and online.
 
Producing content designed around your organisation and brand.
 
Offering to mentor a young woman, or working with us to develop a mentoring scheme tailored to your organisation.
 
Supporting you to identify suitable interns, and opportunities to develop pathways to internships that are unique to your organisation.

To find out more about our programmes and partnership opportunities…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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