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Date:- 15 October 2007

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Young ‘Catalyst’ inspires peers to transform their Liverpool community

A recent Liverpool graduate has been appointed as theCommunity Catalystfor the city and the wider Merseyside area in a groundbreaking project aiming to recruit thousands of young people to take action in their communities. Rachel Solomon, who finished her studies at the University of Liverpool in July, will be identifying projects throughout the year for the Agents4Change project that will benefit the local area and mobilise other young people to take action and make a difference.

Rachel says:- “I wanted volunteer as a Community Catalyst because I’m passionate about working with people of my age in the local community on transforming our local environment for the better. I’m keen to help them achieve some of their goals by acting as a role model and guide. Also, as I’ve lived in Liverpool for over 7 years, I felt it would be a privilege to take up the challenge of helping making a difference to my city, especially in the run up to its year in the sun! I am hoping to encourage over 300 people - especially those aged 16 to 25 - to get involved in one of the many activities happening over the year.”

CSV, the largest volunteering charity has teamed up with Tesco and the youth volunteering charity v to recruit 20 full-time Community Catalyst volunteers as part of Agents4Change. The Community Catalysts will be encouraging other young people aged between 16 and 25 years to get involved in projects at 20 different locations around the country.

The Catalysts will learn new skills in project management, media and marketing and will play a vital part in inspiring young people to take part in the projects they set up.

Rachel says:- “I think it’s great that CSV has given me so much responsibility to create various projects and motivate others to get involved in their communities. It is a great experience and will help me develop a range of new skills. Once I complete my time in as a Community Catalyst, I hope to pursue a career in the voluntary or not-for-profit sector – a communications role that enables me to use all the fantastic skills I’ll be building up over the next 10 months in a positive, community-focused way.”

Anyone wanting to take part in an Agents4Change event should call Rachel Solomon on 0151 794 0984 or email.

Volunteering with CSV as a Community Catalyst is only one of the many ways young people can broaden their horizons and gain valuable CV skills by volunteering full-time in the UK. CSV’s UK based gap years last 4 months to 12 months and are free. Volunteers live away from home and are provided with accommodation and a set living allowance. CSV volunteers support young offenders, homeless people and adults with learning difficulties as well as helping people with physical disabilities lead independent lives.

For more information, visit there website  or call 0800 374 991.

For further press information, call Rachel Solomon on 0151 261 9144.

For further information on CSV, call Olivia Ware on 0207 812 0039 / 07870 689 347 or Paul Donohoe on 020 7812 0037


15 October 2007 to 19 October 2007

CARBON monoxide is a silent killer – in the UK alone around 42 people have died and a further 177 have suffered injuries from domestic carbon monoxide related incidents over the last 12 months. Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week aims to raise the profile of carbon monoxide, by focusing on the dangers as well as the simple steps for safety and prevention, the symptoms and where to seek help and advice.

The Carbon Monoxide Consumer Awareness Alliance (COCAA) will be supporting the objectives of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week by raising awareness through organised events and activities across the country. COCAA was set up this year in response to a government review to raise public perception of the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Its members include representatives from energy suppliers through to carbon monoxide alarm manufacturers, trade associations and victim support groups.

At the beginning of the week, COCAA will launch a universal logo that any organisation or company connected with the prevention of carbon monoxide poisoning will be able to use on paperwork, packaging, vehicles, posters and adverts.

“Greater visibility for the logo will ensure increased awareness of the potential risk of carbon monoxide poisoning amongst the general public, ultimately helping to save lives. Every death from carbon monoxide poisoning is avoidable and we hope the launch of the logo will take us closer to our ‘zero tolerance’ target.” comments Dan Caesar, Chairman of COCAA.

Key COCAA events taking place include:-

* Launch of carbon monoxide awareness logo at the House of Commons on October 16, 8.30am to 10.30am

* COCAA receptions at:-

Northern Ireland Assembly on 15 October 2007, 12.30pm to 2.30pm

National Assembly for Wales on 17 October 2007, 5.30pm to7pm

Scottish Parliament on 23 October 2007,  6pm to 8pm

* Launch of generic information website

Individual COCAA members will also be supporting the week with their own activity to help increase public awareness:-

* CORGI Roadshows visiting regional hotspots in Birmingham, Newcastle, Cardiff, Nottingham, Huddersfield, Sheffield and Leicester

* Powergen and Kidde carbon monoxide alarm giveaways across the country

* Carbon Monoxide Awareness Group event in Huddersfield supported by a visit from Lord McKenzie of Luton

* House of Lords event arranged by CO-Awareness

Thousands of leaflets and branded promotional items from balloons to badges and magnetised cards will also be given away during the course of the week.

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