Bristol businesses can do their part for disadvantaged teenage girls

By aphra evans, Thursday Jun 8, 2017

Catalyse Change CIC (community interest company) is supporting disadvantaged girls aged 16 to 19 to become more skilled for their future careers.

The social enterprise is asking Bristol businesses to support bursaries for teenage girls from low-income backgrounds so they can be mentored during a residential 3-day programme in August by women working in senior positions in sustainability.

The programme will run from August 22 to 24 at Bristol University and will cover everything from ‘soft’ skills that increase employability to how to make informed career choices in the sustainability or green sectors.

The bootcamp is part of the Better Bristol Campaign, organised and funded by the Bristol Green Capital Partnership which will match-fund the crowdfunder once it has reached 50% of its £6000 target.

Catalyse Change is led by four women with experience in running environmental and sustainability programmes: Rhian Sherrington who runs the Women in Sustainability Network; Traci Lewis director of Sustain-Live Consulting, who has delivered change programmes across the EU and SouthWest for the Soil Association, Julie Ellison who teaches social entrepreneurship at Bristol & Bath Spa University’s and Jenna Holliday, a gender rights specialist for United Nations Women.

Businesses interested in sponsoring the Catalyst Bootcamp should visit Catalyse Change’s website at

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