Catalyst Programme – events & outreach

Our Catalyst Programme inspires, empowers & skills young women as confident and resilient changemakers. Use booking links below to reserve your place or for more information contact


Mentoring is a proven and effective method of impacting the ability of young women to develop their confidence and to assume leadership and management positions later on. We run an annual mentoring programme from September – March for all the young women who attend our summer Catalyst Bootcamp, with the aim of helping to raise their aspirations, confidence and educational achievements. They are matched with a professional woman working in sustainability over a 3-6 month period to help them achieve a goal. From our pilot evaluation mentees confirmed that they: identified and achieved a goal & would recommend the programme to others.

We thank the ERM Foundation for their generous support of this work.

Catalysts 4 Change – We are excited to launch this new South Bristol sustainability mentoring programme, providing up to six months of support, guidance and mentoring for young women, aged 14-19 years, from disadvantaged backgrounds in south Bristol. It is funded through Bristol City Council’s Youth Sector Support Fund, run by Quartet Foundation.

The programme will match them with a woman working in the sustainability sector, who will support them to identify and address a current goal, whether it is educational, career focused, or around personal development and wellbeing.

Ruby Dixon, one of the young women, said,
The Catalyst Mentoring programme has also been really useful for me. At first, I found it quite nerve racking but I became much more comfortable as it went on. The mentoring has helped me with streamlining my goals and realising my potential. I have done so much in trying to get my local council to recycle since the mentoring began.”

They will also have access to a quarterly workshop to improve understanding of the sustainability sector and how to access the educational and career opportunities available. In addition, the online network will give the young women the opportunity to connect, network and engage with like-minded women, to discuss ideas, build confidence, and explore opportunities.  The deadline is 30th September, please email for an application form and more information.

Read Bristol 247 Article: Chance for young women in south Bristol to be changemakers of the future


Inspiring sustainability – School & Community workshops

We also offer a range of workshops –  half or full day – to inspire young people for sustainability and to support their green education and career pathway. These are framed by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

We design and deliver workshops for young women focused on (1) strengthening female Leadership; and (2) finding your passion towards a sustainable future. 

Traci came into our sixth form and delivered an engaging workshop to a group of Year 12 students. Her passion and knowledge of sustainability was clear to see and enthused our learners. The girls were challenged to consider their personal ‘why’ with regards to their own green career and it was fantastic to see them approach their post-18 options considering their own values. Our students really enjoyed the session and had a clearer idea of the soft skills they needed to develop for a successful career. We would happily welcome Traci back!”  Emma Lippiett, Deputy Head of 6th Form, Colston’s Girls School, Bristol

These school workshops are designed to be suitable for mixed sex/age groups and can be tailored to their objectives and needs.

Catalyse Change facilitate safe spaces online and offline – through workshops, residentials, mentoring and social media – in which participants can connect with a like-minded tribe of young women who are going to change the world.

To discuss options please contact Traci Lewis 


Bristol Young Women’s Catalyst Meet-Up Group

Meet-ups in central Bristol locations  For More Info
Would you like to meet up with other young women who are interested in sustainability, Green Careers and being Catalysts for Change?

If you are a young women interested in finding out more, getting involved or would just want to meet others also interested in sustainability and green issues, then please do join us. We look forward to meeting you there.

Click here to Join the Meet-up Group – remember to RSVP for the meeting you want to join as they do have limited capacity.

For more information about our outreach programme contact Traci Lewis



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An inspiring and empowering programme for girls & young women – aged between 14 – 24 – who want to create a more sustainable future. To provide you with the inspiration, confidence and skills to ‘be the change you wish to see in the world.’

The facilitators and mentors run practical projects around core sustainability themes, along with diverse range of inspiring Speakers who provide Green Education & Career guidance, there is also a focus on building your own personal resilience & confidence.

There is also the opportunity to receive longer-term mentoring support – from professional woman already working in sustainability – following the event too

Here is more feedback from previous Catalyst Bootcamps

I have thoroughly enjoyed the past 3 days, met some amazing people and felt less anxious about the future now I know there are so many opportunities.” Participant, Catalyst Bootcamp 2017   

It was a significant experience for [our daughter].  [We] have, in turn, gained so much from hearing her talk us through her highlights, plus – as parents- relish the couple of inches she seemed to have grown whilst there, with regards emotional intelligence and confidence.”  Parent of participant

“I have become more organised and calm about my future. Also I know how to deal with stress and anxiety due to the motivational sessions and I’m not afraid to speak up.Dominika

It’s an exciting industry to work because it is growing so rapidly, and there is so much innovation involved. All the speakers that I talked to were very passionate about their own subject and enjoyed discussing it with us, giving the impression that you can combine your work with what you are passionate about.”   Emilie

“During the 3 days I met the most inspiring females in my life. I didn’t expect to meet such active members in the sustainability industry. Meeting people who work for the UN from females who created their own startups in the local Bristol area showed me the variety of work I could get involved in as a passionate female myself.” Urvi

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