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

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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Catalyse Change Winter Newsletter 2018

So How can we Empower more Changemakers in 2019? Can you Help? We have just launched a fundraiser to provide bursaries for girls and young women, from disadvantaged backgrounds, for our 2019 Catalyst Bootcamp and mentoring programme. To help inspire, empower and skill them as confident, resilient changemakers. For healthy, happy and green careers, communities and planet. Any donation will be a massive help towards enabling us to run this programme again next year. Donations can start from as little as…

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Catalyse Change CIC
131b Cromwell Rd
Bristol
BS6 5EX

M 07870 268 654

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