Sustainability summer camp Bristol

Next week in Bristol will be held the first-ever Catalyst Bootcamp. This is a 3-day sustainability summer school, hosted by local social enterprise Catalyse Change at Bristol University, to inspire, empower and skill young women for education and careers in sustainability.

It is for young women aged 13- 19 years who are interested in a green career but aren’t quite sure how to go about it.  It will also help develop personal resilience skills to support young women with their confidence and provide practical tools to cope with anxiety and stress.

A talented and experienced line-up of will lead sustainability projects inc: Food, Sara Venn (Incredible Edible) Resources, Nicci Peck (Sofa Project), Transport, Vicky Stone (Sustrans).

Catalyst Bootcamp


Other inspirational women will talk about their own Education & Career Paths. There will also be workshops to support other ‘softer’ skills for employability inc; confidence building, career choices & communication. This includes Mena Fombo who will be speaking at TedX Bristol later this year, author Subitha Baghirathan, Amy Robinson of Triodos Bank and Rachel Quinn of Skanska Construction.



Traci Lewis headshot

Traci Lewis

Organiser Traci Lewis explains, “In a fast changing job market, young people benefit from access to mentors from different backgrounds and career paths. So women working in senior positions in sustainability, as well as practical projects, will support the young women to develop their own skills and knowledge. We will also focus on helping them build their personal resilience, as in order to be effective change-makers young women need to have confidence and self-belief that they can get their voice heard.”

“Why I want to be a Catalyst For Change”

Catalyst Bootcamp

Two young local women won free places on the Catalyst Bootcamp after entering a competition to say why they want to be a Catalyst for Change. Amenah, who has just finished her A Levels at Colston Girls School, said ‘I believe that every human-being given the opportunity can achieve amazing things. I hope to learn transferable and valuable skills on how to do this adequately through Catalyse Change.’   Charlotte made an inspiring video in which she said, ‘The future will bear the consequences of our actions, I want to make these consequences positive.’

There are still a few places left! To book your place on the Catalyst Bootcamp visit   or contact