Who We Are

The Liverpool Commonwealth Association is a non-profit organisation that represent the interests of businesses (public, private and charities), individuals and groups from a Commonwealth background within the Liverpool City Region (LCR), by acting as a connectivity platform to boost the region’s economy.

The Association acts as an advocate for those who share the values of the Commonwealth Charter by signposting and creating opportunities for development, working collectively towards building a sustainable future for the Commonwealth.

Liverpool and the City Region have a diverse population, where 60 languages are thought to be spoken by its residents who have an ethnic background from over 100 countries.

The Association is a member of the Royal Commonwealth Society and was formed in 2015 (launched by Lord Alton).

Of particualr importance to the Association is the promotion of a sense of belonging amongst the region’s Commonwealth diaspora communities thus empowering its people to contribute effectively to the region’s economic and social agenda. This will also enable stronger links between the region’s Commonwealth diaspora communities and the Commonwealth of Nations, leading to particular focus on increasing two-way trade, cultural and educational links and any other links designed to enhance the role of the Commonwealth in the strategic plan of the entire Liverpool City Region. The Association also has the wider aim of having Liverpool declared the UK’s first official Commonwealth City and thus promoting the City Region as a Commonwealth Region.

Our Aim

The main aim of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association is promoting a sense of belonging amongst the region’s Commonwealth communities thus empowering its people to contribute effectively to the region’s economic and social agenda. This will also enable stronger links between the region’s Commonwealth communities and the Commonwealth of Nations, leading to particular focus on increasing two-way trade, cultural and educational links and any other links designed to enhance the role of the Commonwealth in the strategic plan of the city of Liverpool and the entire Liverpool City Region. The Association also has the wider aim of having Liverpool declared the UK’s first official Commonwealth City and thus promoting the City Region as a Commonwealth Region.

Our Vision

To help create and sustain a regional Commonwealth community that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values.

Our Mission

We proactively support members of the Liverpool City Region’s Commonwealth communities, and partner with the broader Commonwealth family and others, to improve the well-being of the Commonwealth communities and to advance their shared interests locally, regionally, nationally and globally.

All our work have at its core the promotion of the following Commonwealth values:

  • democracy;
  • human rights;
  • peace and security;
  • tolerance, respect and understanding;
  • sustainable development;
  • environmental protection;
  • access to health, education, food and shelter;
  • freedom of expression;
  • separation of powers;
  • rule of law;
  • good governance;
  • gender equality; and
  • the importance of young people and civil society.