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
We are grateful for the support of, among others...
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 – events & outreach

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Changemaker Voices: Ruby Dixon

Ruby Dixon, who attended the 2018 Catalyst Bootcamp in Bristol, tells us all about her experience of it and her journey as a changemaker. I am 17 and currently completing my A-levels in: government and politics, sociology, and French. Alongside this I’m completing an Extended Project Qualification on the subject of fast fashion and doing my Duke of Edinburgh Silver award. Outside of school I enjoy reading, art, and cycling. I also take part in a young ambassador’s group at…

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Sustainable home decor? Not just a drop in the ocean…

Interview by Sophie Harvey-Rich, a member of our Young Women’s Advisory Board who attended our first ever Catalyst Bootcamp in 2017 Following the wave of consciousness that was Blue Planet II, the world has well and truly woken up to the realities of our plastic-ridden oceans. According to a poll by the Earthwatch Institute, 91% of the public now aim to reduce their personal plastic use to help tackle the issue. However, important as this behaviour change is, it’s only…

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Fancy a career in Corporate Responsibility?

Kirsty Green-Mann, Head of CR, at Burges Salmon, tells us all about her career journey and experiences in the world of corporate social responsibility. Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional? I’ve been working in the area of Corporate Responsibility / Sustainability for the last 12-years or so. This has been internationally and now with a more local remit as Head of CR for the law firm Burges Salmon. There are a number of things I really enjoy about this…

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How do we Empower more Changemakers in 2019?

It’s been a Good Year! We have had a good year at Catalyse Change, highlights being our summer Catalyst Bootcamp, and new mentoring programme, with professional women who work in sustainability supporting 25 young women on their learning journey.  We are now busy making plans for next year, building on the learning from this one. In order to help make this happen – we have just launched a fundraising appeal for our Bursary fund – to provide free places for…

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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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