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.”

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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

Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring

Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Grace: My Life as a Food Entrepreneur & Wellness Coach

Grace Ekall, who delights & inspires us with her dance and wellbeing workshop at the Catalyst Bootcamp tells us about her amazing life and career journey so far. Name: Grace Ekall Job title: Food entrepreneur & wellness coach I was born in Cameroon in Central Africa. My dad was a teacher, then businessman – owned his own Timber company. My mum was a nurse but stayed at home, at some point, to look after my 10 siblings and I. French…

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10 Tips for Attending Youth Climate Strike Protests

This article from Bethany Stephenson contains 10 top tips for young women attending a Youth Climate Strike. Are you going to be joining the Global Climate Strike on Friday 29th November? As after more than 7 million people went on climate strikes around the world during the week of September 20th, the Youth Climate Strike movements are going to be doing it again on November 29th. The school strike for the climate, also known variously as Fridays for Future, Youth…

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My experiences at the Catalyst Bootcamp

Demornay has written us a blog about her experiences of this year’s Catalyst Bootcamp. Tell us a bit about yourself My name is Demornay and I am 20 years old. I live in Birmingham and have recently moved into student housing. I am a third year student of pharmacy at the University of Birmingham. My current hobbies include sketching, listening to music and playing sports (particularly badminton). What would your dream job be? My dream job is not something that…

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What is the Real Price of Fast Fashion?

Our sustainability theme this month is clothes & fast fashion. So many thanks to Megan Thurow, our comms assistant, who has written us this blog about it.    I love shopping as much as the next person but only really recently realised what a negative impact it has on the environment. It seems many individuals, myself included, seem to be ignorant of the heavy burden which fashion industry has on the environment. Fast fashion, as the phenomenon is coined, means…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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