Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring 2020

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Catalyst Bootcamp & Mentoring Programme

ONLINE Sustainability Summer Camp for young women – 22nd – 24th July 2020  BOOK HERE

Do you want to make a difference but not sure how?  Are you stuck at home feeling bored and worried about your future? 

Join us to help you find your purpose & be a confident changemaker: At our fun and inspiring  sustainability learning and mentoring programme. Which will inspire, empower & skill girls & young women (14-24yrs) who want to pursue futures as sustainability leaders and change makers.

For All Enquiries & Bursary Applications Contact

**14 May 2020 NEW ANNOUNCEMENT** Given the current situation surrounding COVID19 we have taken the difficult decision not to hold the physical Catalyst Bootcamp at Clifton Hill House this year. However we will now run it as an online programme instead.  We do still plan to run a 2-3 day event in Bristol later in the year, so you will still have the opportunity to meet in person, as a group, when we are confident that it is safe for you to do so.  By that time you will have already had lots of opportunities to meet your fellow students or catalysts and mentors at the online sessions. We will provide details of the new date and venue in September. The full online programme details with zoom links will be sent out at the beginning of June.

What to Expect: 3 Days of Inspiring & Empowering workshops and activities.

Create a social or environmental action project on an issue you care passionately about.

Meet a diverse range of inspiring Mentors and Speakers who provide Green Education & Career guidance.

Fun, practical sessions to help you build your own personal resilience & confidence.

Tools and tips to help you deal effectively with anxiety & stress.

Virtual study visit to inspiring, ethical businesses to meet staff and learn what it’s like to work there.

Meet lots of new like-minded friends and professional contacts.

Meet a mentor, a woman working in sustainability, who can support you for up to 6 months.


Free bursaries & assisted places available, contact Traci Lewis

Massive Thanks to our Bursary Sponsors; Burges Salmon, Freeths, Green Unlimited, Natracare, Pukka Teas, Vattenfalls.



For young women who want to make a positive difference in the world and are interested in an education and career in sustainability but aren’t sure how to go about it.

If someone is considering doing this bootcamp but feels as if the whole bootcamp/motivational group experience is not for them, bear in mind that I was one of those people. I am often sceptical about many of the aspects included in camps like these (mindfulness, public speaking and – of course – yoga) but I enjoyed every minute of the experience, and still look back on it with happiness. I honestly can’t recommend it enough.” Abi 



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

You’ll realise your potential as change makers in the world, and you’ll become inspired by the immense amount of people you meet in just three days. You’ll gain a new Eco family!” Rowena


I would definitely recommend the Bootcamp as it was such an empowering and eye-opening experience which I will carry with me forever. It has made me truly believe that we can help change the way people look at the world and together we can stop the injustices and suffering that humans have caused for so long through exploiting environmental resources and inequality.” Lauren

“I would highly recommend it, as it not only teaches you about sustainability, it teaches you about business, female empowerment, self love & much more. It really helped me build my confidence and team skills and I think it is especially important for young girls to have an experience like it.” Iris

Why do it?

The world is facing serious environmental and social problems – we help young women to be skilled & resilient for a rapidly changing world.  

Girls & young women face a multitude of challenges – we provide practical tools to help increase self-confidence & to effectively deal with anxiety and stress.

For a fast changing job market, we also teach the ‘softer’ skills for employability, inc; team working, problem solving & clearer communication.


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
  • Learn tools for improving confidence and personal resilience
  • Meet inspiring women working in the low-carbon economy and hear their stories
  • An opportunity to meet a mentor who will support your pathway into a Green Career.

Here is some feedback from previous delegates:

young women with mentors

The primary reason I would recommend the Bootcamp to a friend is that you meet so many females who are interested in the same field you are interested in. Too often females are silent on issues surrounding sustainability they are passionate about because there aren’t any like-minded individuals who would campaign with them. But, the Bootcamp is the perfect place to find females who are as passionate as you are to make a change in the world!”  

The Bootcamp has made me more aware of my own wellbeing. Now, I regularly practice breathing exercises and try to do yoga once a day to control my own mental health.”  Urvi

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




22-24th July 2020 

Payments can be made in installments by arrangement. Please contact Traci Lewis to discuss options:    FREE BURSARIES and ASSISTED PLACES are available for women from less advantaged and low-income households. To help ensure all young women who want to attend the Catalyst Bootcamp can do so.

Many thanks to our sponsors for making this possible: Burges Salmon, Freeths, Green Unlimited, Pukka Teas, Natracare  Vattenfalls   

Please email Traci Lewis, for an application form.

Why choose our programme?
  • Access to experienced green business mentors and other sustainability practitioners
  • A fast-track programme to support a career choice in sustainability
  • Exclusively for young women
  • Helps build self-belief and confidence – to get your voice heard
  • A unique opportunity for young women to learn about sustainability principles and tools.
  • Empowering programme building personal wellbeing and resilience.

Catalyse Change CIC is a Bristol-based social enterprise working to inspire and empower young women for happy, healthy & green careers, communities and planet. The directors; Jenna Holliday, Julie Ellison, Traci Lewis are all women working in sustainability, with combined wide skill-set and expertise, supported by a extensive network of other sustainability professionals who will be providing expertise and mentoring at the Catalyst Bootcamp. The programme will be held on Bristol University campus, with residential in the beautiful Clifton Hill house student accommodation. Any queries contact organiser: M 07870 268 654

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