About us


We use community-based research to deliver programmes that help children, young people and adults of African and Caribbean heritage to get ahead and achieve their ambitions. We tackle issues and identify gaps to remove barriers to education, training or employment.

Our mission

To provide relevant and accessible education, employment and enterprise services, in particular to people of African and Caribbean heritage, so they can fulfil their potential and achieve their aspirations.

Our vision

To be renowned as a catalyst for promoting and increasing levels of diverse representation in education, employment and enterprise, in particular for people of African and Caribbean heritage.


Our history


Louise Da-Cocodia was one of the founding members of Cariocca Enterprise Ltd and Carioca Education Trust. The Trust was established to offer financial support to students of African and Caribbean heritage enrolled on college and university courses in, for example, accountancy, engineering, medicine, dentistry, science and IT.


When Louise passed away on the 18th of March 2008, we honoured her exceptional commitment to the Manchester community by re-naming Cariocca Education Trust, Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust (L.D.E.T). The Trust is committed to Making Education a Priority and Sewing Seeds for Success in areas of Education, Employment and Enterprise.


Louise Da-Cocodia MBE was one of Manchester's most important anti-racism campaigners and community activists.

Her legacy lives on today in the Louise Da-Cocodia Education Trust.

Our Trustees

We are a dedicated and experienced group of leaders who use our diverse knowledge, experience and education to guide the Louise Da Cocodia Trust

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Our partners


We work in partnership with universities colleges and businesses to provide mentorship and access to education, employment and enterprise opportunities

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