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 Programme

Our learning & mentoring programme inspires, empowers and skills teenage girls and young women – aged between 16-24 years – to be sustainability leaders & changemakers. Our Catalyst Summit – is a 3-day online event – followed by up to six months mentoring from a woman working in sustainability. We are also run Green Career skills masterclasses & other short courses.

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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:
Traci Lewis, Director

Traci Lewis

Green project manager

Traci has been delivering sustainability change programmes – for the past 20 years – with diverse range of people from organic farmers, Local Authorities to community groups. She now runs her own business Sustain-Live Consulting, helping other purpose-led women to start-up & grow successful social businesses. She lives in Bristol with her teenage daughter and enjoys good food, festivals & camping in Devon. She also leads the Women in Sustainability Bristol hub.

Helen Taylor, One Blue Marble

Helen Taylor

Partnerships

Helen is a Food Technologist turned environmentalist. She worked with several top food brands before joining the Soil Association in 1999, to lead their organic certification and Business Development teams. She later ran the organisation’s events and took over the charity’s fundraising. In 2010 Helen became Ambassador for Ecotricity and was CEO of its football club, Forest Green Rovers, when first promoted into the league. In 2018 she founded One Blue Marble to help environmentally-focussed organisations fulfil their full potential.

Julie Ellison

Social Enterprise (non-exec)

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.

Advisory Board

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Events & Programmes

Catalyst Programme: Mentors & Speakers

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Catalyst Summit (online programme)

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Catalyst Programme: Green Education & Careers

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sustainability work placements

Helping young women secure jobs which save the planet!

New work experience opportunities for female change makers COP26 in Glasgow amplified the urgency for decisive action on our climate and ecological crisis. Now, more than ever, we need young people who are inspired, empowered and skilled to help keep global temperatures below 2C. To support this Catalyse Change are launching a new work experience programme for young women – 18-24 yrs – in partnership with ERM, Vattenfall and Burges-Salmon. We will provide sustainability work placements and training next year…

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Green Periods

Want to have Green Periods?

Georga Mcnally – a Catalyse Change Ambassador – has written us this great blog from our masterclass last month on Green Periods. Jess Gitsham – WEN & City to Sea Ambassador – led this for us during Environmenstrual Week. What is environmenstrual WEEK & why is it important? Environmenstrual campaigning aims to raise awareness about the environmental and chemical dangers of conventional period products whilst also promoting the use of organic and reusable products. Lack of education and negative societal…

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Traci Lewis, Bristol

Let’s Explore Female Entrepreneurship

To celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day – and other similar initiatives this month – Kara Bennett interviewed Traci Lewis, co-founder & director of Catalyse Change. As November marks National Career Development Month 2021, it feels fitting that we focus on the subject of Female Entrepreneurship. A career path that is becoming more and more appealing in a post pandemic world. The global pandemic has exposed the uncertainties and vulnerabilities of career choices which we once felt offered security and guarantees. Perhaps…

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Catalyst Summit Feedback

Our online Catalyst Summit this summer was a great success. But don’t just take our word for it, here is a summary of the feedback from our follow-up survey. Starting off with how our catalysts would describe it to a friend. “It is a great platform to meet people who share your passions. A very welcoming atmosphere where you are encouraged to speak honestly.” “Great if you want to meet other changemakers, and get some mentoring support for you own…

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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.

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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