Catalysts on change Change is, of course, at the heart of the Catalyst programme, a scheme designed to equip young people with the skills and confidence to define what we are passionate about and go on to achieve our goals with the added benefit of becoming champions for positive environmental change. Looking back on our first three months of being Catalysts, however, I’ve been struck by just how much change has shaped our journey so far. Our role as a Programme Assistant is a constantly changing and evolving one, with new opportunities and challenges being presented from day to day, week to week. It’s a fast paced working environment: our responsibilities so far have ranged from delivering social media and communications campaigns to collecting and analysing data to working with clients to deliver staff engagement programmes. I’ve found myself standing on the Strand in the morning with a huge black box of treats for a client’s event, hailing a taxi with the clock ticking as I rush to get there on time (like Anne Hathaway at the beginning of The Devil Wears Prada, but perhaps a little less glamorous) and standing with 20 pairs of expectant 11 year old eyes staring back at me as I deliver my first H2O Heroes workshop in the afternoon. There is, simultaneously, an emphasis on personal development which gives us the opportunity to change and evolve alongside our role as we discover more about our strengths and weaknesses, passions and dislikes. Perhaps one of the most important lessons we’ve learnt is that playing to your strengths makes you an asset, while communication is key in dealing with your weaknesses. Both these elements of change are what make being a Catalyst and Programme Assistant at GAP such a unique opportunity. However, it’s impossible to deny that it has, at times, been stressful and hugely emotional. I’ve certainly questioned whether I’m capable and panicked at the prospect of letting people down. So, I’m going to leave you with a little something we learnt in our first few weeks that I know has been a big help to all of us. It’s called The Change Curve. At times of change – big or small - we all go through it. Being able to identify this is helpful in allowing you to take action and prevent reaching your crisis point but, above all, it’s hugely comforting to know that you’re not alone in experiencing the highs and lows caused by change.