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.”

Our Funders
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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

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Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring 2020

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Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

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Mya-Rose: Teenage Birdwatcher & Activist

Our change maker voice this month is Mya-Rose who took part in our 2019 Catalyst Bootcamp and Mentoring programme. She is already having an amazing 2020, having just been awarded an honorary doctorate from Bristol University, the youngest person ever to receive this, in recognition of her work for racial inclusion and equality in nature and the environment. “My name is Mya-Rose Craig, I am 17 years old and live in the Chew Valley just south of Bristol. I am…

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So do we have Gender Equality Yet?

Would you like to join us to debate & celebrate #EachforEqual – the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day (IWD2020) – with lots of badass women who are working to make our workplaces, society and environment more equal? As we’re putting on a fab party at Triodos Foundation on 4th March to celebrate #IWD2020 with amazing women from across Bristol. That includes you too! We will hear from a diverse range of local female changemakers, all blazing a trail…

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Nawal: What I did at the Catalyst Bootcamp

My name is Nawal. I’m 17 years old and from Bristol. I am currently in the final year of my A-Levels, studying English Literature, Sociology and Geography. My hobbies are cricket and cross country which I regularly practice alongside my studies. What would your dream job be? My dream career would be in corporate/ Human Rights Law Why did you come to the Catalyst Bootcamp? I came to the Catalyst Bootcamp in order to gain a deeper insight into global…

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Changemaker Voices: What did the Catalyst Bootcamp do for me?

Name: Abi Reeves  I’m 19 years old and currently studying English at the University of Bristol. I come from a little town called Horsham in West Sussex. I spend a lot of my time reading – for my degree and for fun – running, and playing basketball. What would your dream job be? My dream job would be to be a full-time writer. Why did you come on the Catalyst Bootcamp? I’m very interested in climate change and the idea…

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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.

To find out more about our programmes and partnership opportunities…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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