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

An inspiring, empowering & skilling programme for girls and young women – aged between 14- 24 years – who want to create a more sustainable future. This includes the three day residential ‘Catalyst Bootcamp’, which provides 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 four directors, we are:
Traci Lewis, Director

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.

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 2020 (online programme)

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Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

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What does it mean to be Body Confident?

We’re taught from a young age that nothing in life is perfect. Everything comes in different sizes and shapes, so why can’t we accept that when it comes to ourselves?  Megan, our communications assistant, has written us this blog on ‘body confidence,’ a subject which affects all women at some stage in our lives. Issues surrounding body image and body positivity have been relevant and widely discussed for as long as I can remember. According to the Mental Health Foundation,…

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So what was it like? a Catalyst Bootcamp Review

Taryn attended our three–day Bristol residential Catalyst Bootcamp in July – here she provides fascinating insights into what it was like. Bristol is a beautiful city. It’s so full of life, culture, people. It’s also full of colour – in particular, green: in 2015, Bristol was crowned European Green Capital. It’s a real sustainability hub, with people working across sectors to reduce our impact on the environment. If you’re passionate about saving the environment, Bristol’s an exciting scene to be…

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Susie’s story: How I became an organic & ethical entrepreneur

Susie Hewson, founder & CEO of Natracare, who produce ethical & organic sanitary products, tells us the story and inspiration behind her amazing career and business.      Why did you become an environment/sustainability professional? I was drawn to a career in sustainability because living in balance with the earth is who I am. My love for nature started very young. As a child, I adored my dad’s allotment. I always had my hands in the dirt and I was…

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Do you Want to Help Tackle the Climate Emergency & Social Injustice?

Be Part of the Solution & Join our Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring 2019 It’s a stressful time for anyone who cares about the future of our people and planet. The world is facing serious social and environmental problems and 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…

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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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