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.”

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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 is now delivering enterprise education to students in Higher Education and contributing to the development of an ecosystem of support for social entrepreneurship.

Advisory Board

Coming soon

We also have an Advisory Board of up to 10 amazing people – details coming soon!

Events & Programmes

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentors & Speakers

Catalyst Bootcamp
Bristol

Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

What does it take to be a female CEO in the world of tech?

Sophie Harvey-Rich – a member of our Young Women’s Advisory Board – met with Dr Zara Nanu of GapSquare – a Bristol-based company leading the way in scrapping the gender pay gap for good. They talk about sexism in the workplace, her own work around it, and the tech industry’s need for a healthy dose of social good. Name: Dr Zara Nanu Job title: CEO of GapSquare Qualifications: MA International Management, PhD Politics     Tell us a bit about what…

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Catalyst Bootcamp Blog

Catalyst Bootcamp Blog by Polly Wells, Catalyse Change CIC intern. This year’s Catalyst Bootcamp consisted of 3 days of being inspired, informed, and integrated into a powerful network of women. I was fortunate enough to attend the Bootcamp as a Catalyse Change (CC) intern, having helped out with some of the preparations for the event. However, sending emails and printing handouts hardly prepared me for the real event: the openness of everyone’s minds, their willingness to share and to learn,…

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Negotiating Gender Challenges in the Workplace

Gorse Burrett – Head of HR at Triodos Bank – who will be speaking at our Catalyst Bootcamp, tells us here about her own experiences negotiating gender challenges in the workplace. Provide a brief overview of the path that took you to this job – including education, training, internships, any positions that were particularly significant; any shifts in direction. I studied at Drama School which taught me some skills around understanding people and human motivation. Whilst studying I worked in…

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My Green Career: Leading Social Change

We spoke to Miriam Delagou about her work as a social activist in Bristol.  Miriam is the Managing Director of a social enterprise called Bearpit Bristol CIC, who are leading a project called The Circle – where she is the Transformation Lead. Provide a brief overview of the path that took you to this job – including education, training, internships, any positions that were particularly significant; any shifts in direction. The road that got me here is one that has been…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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