Welcome to ‘YOUNG VOICES HEARD’
Welcome to ‘YOUNG VOICES HEARD’
supporting greater youth voice and participation in public life, decision-making and democracy.
Meaningful influence and participation in decision-making
Meaningful influence and participation in decision-making
..in organisations, boardrooms, and parliament
Youth Voice, Advocacy & Support Services
Youth Voice, Advocacy & Support Services
Quality Assurance, Training, Mentoring, Fundraising

About Us

“Hello and welcome to ‘Young Voices Heard’ . We amplify youth voice , support youth participation and empower youth leadership. Founded by James Cathcart in 2017 YVH is part ‘movement’ for change, part ‘platform’ to hear young voices, and part ‘consultancy service’ – all working to promote and support greater youth engagement in public life and institutions. We offer support to young people to be more effective changemakers, leaders, advisors, trustees, designers, entrepreneurs, writers, volunteers, campaigners, and elected representatives. Not only ‘campaigning’ for more young voices to be heard, but also providing youth participation support services on a not-for-profit basis. In 2020 we launched a new Social Enterprise to enable us to operate more sustainably. Our trading arm Young Voices Heard Ltd undertakes both not-for-profit projects as well as commissions to generate a surplus that can be reinvested in training and mentoring young leaders and recognising of success. We also launched the Quality Mark project and YoungVoiceNow interview series, in response to the #iwill PowerofYouth challenge from young people to ‘listen, invest and work with’ them. Explore the Menu – Services, Portfolio and YouthVoice for more details.

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James Cathcart, Director of Young Voices Heard, Consultant, Coach and Mentor (Queens Young Leaders and The Prince’s Trust) was the longest serving CEO of the British Youth Council / UK Youth Parliament, and Head of Target Groups/Mentoring at the Prince’s Trust, James brings over 35 senior-level and front-line experience to our offer of one-to-one coaching and mentoring support to Chief Executives, Chairs, Trustees, SMT and Young Leaders. Services include  Fundraising, Strategy development, Benchmarking and Delivery to national standards. Paid commissions to Young Voices Heard Ltd enable James to set aside time for pro-bono mentoring and youth advocacy for projects, campaigns and young voices that would otherwise be unheard. For larger projects we have approved delivery partner organisations and individuals who are brought in to enhance our capacity, but we aim to work primarily with your organisations staff and volunteers, empowering them, and you, to own and sustain the work, with aftercare support, after our initial input.

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What we do

amplifying youth voice in public life and democracy

Portfolio

Blog

Contact

Changemakers and Champions Gallery 2020

Gallery
Individuals
Organisations
Youth Voice in Democracy
Youth Voice in the Boardroom
Youth-led Start Ups
#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Katrina Lambert (19) #iwill ambassador, trustee at ‘Volunteering Matters’, and member of ‘Youth for Change’

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Katrina Lambert (19) #iwill ambassador, trustee at ‘Volunteering Matters’, and member of ‘Youth for Change’

#YouthVoiceNow interview – with Dan Lawes (19) activist, #iwill ambassador and founding CEO of YouthPoliticsUK

#YouthVoiceNow interview – with Dan Lawes (19) activist, #iwill ambassador and founding CEO of YouthPoliticsUK

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Harry Twohig (19) #iwill ambassador, advisor to ‘The Mix’ and member of DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Harry Twohig (19) #iwill ambassador, advisor to ‘The Mix’ and member of DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group

“Youth at the Table” – The Young Trustees Movement

“Youth at the Table” – The Young Trustees Movement

Young Trustee Movement

Young Trustee Movement

My Life My Say

My Life My Say

Shout out UK

Shout out UK

The Politics Project

The Politics Project

Voting Counts

Voting Counts

YouthPoliticsUK

YouthPoliticsUK

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview  with Anna McGovern (18)        #iwill Ambassador and Chair of Medway Youth Council

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Anna McGovern (18) #iwill Ambassador and Chair of Medway Youth Council

Our Team and Partners

James Cathcart
Director/Consultant and personal mentor
Young Associates
Young experts with skills in training and research
Young Advisors
Young experts with experience for consultation and networking
Delivery Partners
Approved List available to support and add value

We are Associated with

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Testimonials

Nick Healey, Manager, Volunteer Police Cadets National Team

James Cathcart /YVH established our Cadet-Voice framework in 2019. He is a calm collected person who is highly professional as a subject matter expert. Extremely knowledgeable in this area. Delight to work with. No hesitation in recommending.

Carl Konadu, Director, ‘2-3 Degrees’

The advice and continued guidance provided by James Cathcart/YVH has not only helped us to target our fundraising but has come with great support, experience and knowledge in improving opportunities for young people. James is clearly well experienced in this area - a huge asset to our growth.

Dan Lawes, CEO of ‘Youth Politics UK’

"James Cathcart and 'YVH' have been our mentor and Special Advisor since 2017, with input on fundraising, planning and making connections, enabling us to remain entirely youth-led. We would recommend James' wealth of experience and networks.

Matt Cowlam, Programme Manager, Charlton Athletic Community Trust

Excellent advice, constructive feedback, and praise to young people on National Citizens Service social action projects. Charlton Athletic Com Trust looks forward to working with 'Young Voices Heard' more in the future, ensuring young people's positive impact on their local communities.

Professor Matt Henn, Chair Social Research, Nottingham Trent University

The presentation on youth democratic engagement to our students was spot on, getting the tone, level and balance just right for the audience. Everyone, including myself, was left with lots of really good and new ideas to reflect on

Latest blogs

#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Gabrielle Mathews, NHS advisor, # iwill ambassador and Diana Award winner
July 13, 2020
Gabrielle Mathews  aged 22, from Coventry, is a long-term champion of #YouthVoice and has just graduated with her first degree (Intercalated Global Health BSc)
“Buckets of Cold Water will be poured on your ideas!” PM : Video, Text, Analysis
July 10, 2020
Video, text, and analysis of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson's address to school leavers on Friday 10th July 2020 Rugby, buckets of cold water and Churchill w...
#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Katrina Lambert (19) #iwill ambassador, trustee at ‘Volunteering Matters’, and member of ‘Youth for Change’
June 22, 2020
Katrina Lambert, 19 years old and originally from Edinburgh, is an activist campaigning on gender equality, human rights and youth voice. She is an #iwill ambas...
#YouthVoiceNow interview – with Dan Lawes (19) activist, #iwill ambassador and founding CEO of YouthPoliticsUK
June 10, 2020
Daniel Lawes is a 19 year-old activist from Manchester, currently studying History and International Relations at the London School of Economics. He is an #iwil...
#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Harry Twohig (19) #iwill ambassador, advisor to ‘The Mix’ and member of DCMS Youth Policy Steering Group
May 27, 2020
Harry Twohig is a #youthvoice champion and activist, volunteering as for the #iwill campaign as an ambassador, a member of The Mix Youth Advisory Panel, and tru...
“Youth at the Table” – The Young Trustees Movement
May 14, 2020
"It's time to end social distancing! I'm not referring to the Covid19 two metre spacing but the social distance that is growing between generations. Young voice...
Open Letter to PM, ‘Its time to talk to young people about Covid’
May 7, 2020
Youth representatives and leading organisations call on the UK Government to hold youth press conference on Covid19 and allow under-18s to ask questions in the ...
YouthVoice on #Covid-19: Who’s listening?
May 7, 2020
Covid-19: Every voice matters and needs to be heard. The Government’s daily briefings may now be taking questions from the public but anyone under 18 is simp

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