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.

Advisory Board

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Events & Programmes

Catalyst Bootcamp Mentors & Speakers

Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring

Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Would you like to Mentor a Young Woman?

Catalyse Change CIC are recruiting mentors to help them inspire and empower girls and young women as confident, resilient change makers. As in addition to their Catalyst Bootcamp and workshops they also connect young women with a mentor and network of professional female role models. As a mentor, you’ll be a professional working in sustainability who wants to make a difference, to the life of a young woman who wants to be a change maker. In order to inspire and…

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Learn how to help save the planet this summer

Fancy a sustainability summer camp? It’s a stressful time for anyone who cares about the future of our people and planet. The world’s leading climate scientists have warned there are only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people. It can be hard as an individual to know how to…

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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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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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