Hundreds reduce their gas/electricity bills following vital energy savings advice.

Twelve months after a Citizen Outreach Coalition Liverpool centred energy savings awareness project was launched, more than 450 people, most of them from ethnic minority backgrounds have received vital advice that has helped them reduce their gas and electricity bills. People have benefited from the advice through dozens of home visits, telephone advice, community events …

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Liverpool Hope University. Calls to End Cost of Living Crisis through Collaborative Action  

An end to austerity, expanding free school meals to all children in school, increasing peoples’ incomes and urgent social housing reforms are some of the recommendations some keynote speakers made at the first ever cost of Living crisis (COL) conference organised by the Liverpool Hope university in its Shaw Street Campus on Wednesday June 28 …

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COC-SL Launches “Just Say No to Plastic bags ” Campaign in Freetown

Community organisation Citizen Outreach Coalition Sierra Leone (COC-SL) has launched an ambitious three years campaign to reduce the massive damage plastic bags cause to the environment across Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Shoppers have been depending on free plastic bags when shopping for groceries and small items for a long time, unaware of the …

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More Residents Get Sporty

More Liverpool and other sports enthusiast joined us on day five of our year long project codenamed “Kick CardioVascular Diseases out of Merseyside”. Football, table tennis and some walkout at the gym were the sporting activities that took place on Saturday September 7 2019 at the Jubilee Sports Bank, a sporting facility situated in Kensington, …

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Sports Project Kicks off in style

More than 40 residents of Merseyside from young to middle age answered present during the start of our sporting project “Kick Cardiovascular Diseases out of Merseyside”. The venue was the Jubilee Sports bank in Kensington Liverpool and the day Saturday August 24 2019. Table tennis and football were the main game sports during the project …

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Friendship Connections. Lonely?

Nothing fights loneliness better than when people meet and celebrate life. They make new friends and create everlasting connections. They play, the sing, they dance and do loads of other connected, group activities. Join our friendship clubs.

COC Friendship Clubs Take off in style

Following from our highly successful Heritage Lottery fund Project-The Definitive Story of Africans in Merseyside, Liverpool based registered charity Citizen Outreach Coalition (COC)has now created three Friendship clubs in Leeds, London and Liverpool to help fight against loneliness. One of the feedbacks we had from participants of the heritage project (some of whom were in …

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Why Knives are bad 4 Young people

As police struggle to control knife and gang violence among young people, some youths in Liverpool (North West England) have been told why a simple slogan like “No Knives Saves lives” can be effective in ending youth related crimes. Young people at the Power House residential hall in Toxteth-Liverpool on Monday July 16 2018 were …

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Can Miss Zambia Conquer The World?

Sylvester Williams in Lusaka, Zambia As has been the case for the past 43 years, there are hopes Musa Kalaluka 20, who was recently crowned Miss Zambia 2017 might surprise everyone and win Miss World 2018 scheduled tentatively in the Philippines Capital, Manila. If she can achieve that feat, she will become the first African …

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Who killed Yusuf Sonko?

The parents of murdered Liverpool teenager Yusuh Sonko 18, have again appealed to anyone with information on his killer(s) to contact Merseyside police so they can get some justice for their son. Holding back tears, Yusuf’s mother Mrs khadjijah Sonko repeated her now familiar cry, “my heart is broke”. The grieving mother called on the …

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Recording Stories. Volunteers Learn Shooting/Editing skills

As part of Citizen Outreach Coalition (COC) organization’s implementation of its Heritage lottery funded project “The Definitive story of Africans in Merseyside”, scores of volunteers have received hands-on training on video/audio history recording and the skills required to collect/record oral history. Training of the volunteers took place on Monday June 12 2017 and Tuesday June …

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Engaging Youths One-on-One in fight to reduce Crime

Some youths In Toxteth Liverpool on Friday April 21 2017 had a one-on-one chance to develop the Communications, self-esteem and anger management skills that will prevent them from adopting any kind of anti-social or indulge in criminal behaviour. Communications expert and former Solicitor Matthew Thorneton-Field was again the main facilitator as Liverpool based Charity Citizen …

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Liverpool. Preserving Black “Activism” for future Generations.

Dozens of Black activists answered present at the Martin Luther King Jnr building in Liverpool on Saturday January 28 2017 to support efforts to preserve black Liverpool activism heritage through photos, videos for future generations. The event organised by National Museums Liverpool Sankofa Project “…aims to support Black community groups and individuals with looking after …

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Celebrating arts, language & Music in African themed Jamboree

By Kiven Emmanuel on special assignment. More than 150 members of the Afro-Caribbean community  on Saturday December 17th 2016 celebrated the “African Cultural Renaissance Jamboree “ at Crawford House,  situated in Toxteth, the heartbeat of the Afro-Caribbean community in Liverpool. Organised by Citizen Outreach Coalition, (COC) a Pan African charity and funded by Big Lottery …

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“Stand Up and Speak African” Film Premiere December 17 in Liverpool.

. By Kiven Emmanuel. A short film on the necessity to encourage African parents resident in the UK and the diaspora speak their mother tongue will premiere on Saturday December 17 2016 as part of festivities organised by Liverpool based Charity Citizen Outreach Coalition.(COC) The 15 minute documentary will examine some of the reasons African …

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Up-close and Personal with ‘bold colourful’ painter Shiri Achu

A trained architect, Cameroonian born Shiri Achu has been painting for more than 20 years now. She has exhibited her work across the globe from Australia, through London to Washington DC. She says her arts“…comes from everyday, unsurprising yet unexpectedly vivid moments, times, places and objects. She seeks to capture the spirit of her subjects …

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Cameroon. Reviving dying local Languages and Pidgin English

UNESCO’s Atlas of the world’s languages in Danger lists 576 critically endangered languages with thousands more categorized as threatened. Languages usually reach a point of crisis after being displaced by a socially, politically and economically dominant one. Linguists describe this as a language shift. The lose of languages affects cultural diversity s most local customs and traditions are …

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UK. Crime prevention with Flyers

Some Citizen Outreach Coalition (COC) volunteers were on Saturday April 11 2015 out in force at the Liverpool One city Centre area to distribute some of the 8000 flyers printed as part of an anti crime reduction project. With a large COC explanatory backdrop poster, the volunteers handed out the flyers to residents most of …

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Cooking as a Life Skill for Young People

Cooking is usually not among the ten life skills that includes problem solving, decision making, critical thinking, communications skills, self awareness, interpersonal relations, creative thinking, empathy etc However, like all human endeavours, requires anyone who wants to cook to use the above skills. We all eat everyday to stay alive. With the proliferation of food …

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