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 teenage girls 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.
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
Bristol

Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Sustainability Summer Camp for Young Women – win a free place!

According to the Department for Health, 1 in 3 teenage girls now suffer from anxiety or depression. This shocking statistic, coupled with a passion for a happier, healthier planet, drove local sustainability leader Traci Lewis to set up Catalyse Change. Designed to support girls and young women to develop their skills and confidence to become effective changemakers, Catalyse Change has already reached over 500 young women, empowering them to become the next generation passionate about healthy, happy and green communities,…

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Catalyst Bootcamp 2018 – why do you want to be a #Catalyst4Change?

For young women who want to be confident, resilient changemakers Catalyse Change will host its second annual  ‘Catalyst Bootcamp’ in Bristol this summer. The three-day residential event is held at Bristol University on 1 – 3 August 2018, for girls and young women who want to know how to tackle social and environmental issues. The transformational educational programme will help you to: Build sustainability knowledge and the education and career opportunities available Build understanding of your personality strengths and interests…

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Traci Lewis, Q&A, Global Sustainability Leaders

The U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce recently interviewed Traci Lewis, Catalyse Change Director, for their Q&A series, Global Sustainability Leaders #globalsustainabilityleaders  http://usgreenchamber.com/global-leader-traci-lewis Name: Traci Lewis Company/NGO Name: Director, Catalyse Change CIC 1. What is the mission of your company/NGO? To empower girls and young women to develop sustainability skills and knowledge for ‘healthy, happy and green’ communities, careers and planet. 2. What is the most innovative or environmentally/socially impactful project/practice your company/NGO has implemented? After 18 years working for an environmental…

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My Green Education & Career – Kate Bruintjes

Name: Kate Martin Bruintjes Job: Director, Green Unlimited, Bristol Qualifications: MSc Environmental Science Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional? I followed in my parents’ footsteps – they set up an environmental consultancy in the 1980s and, like them, I was always had a passion in geography/environment at school. For university I wanted to study something more modern and applied than pure geography and found that Environmental Science fitted the bill. What was your first environment/sustainability job? At university I considered…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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