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
Quality Support / Sharing Good Practice
Quality Support / Sharing Good Practice
Mentoring, Fundraising, Training, Quality Assurance  

About Us

“Hello and welcome to ‘Young Voices Heard’ . We amplify youth voice , support youth participation and empower youth leadership. Why? To empower youth voices to not only be heard but also acted upon. What?  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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Who? James Cathcart, Director of Young Voices Heard, Consultant, Coach and Mentor. (James was the longest serving CEO of the British Youth Council / UK Youth Parliament, and Head of Target Groups/Mentoring at the Prince’s Trust, who 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. Our 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., drawing on our experience of mentoring for the Prince’s Trust and the Queens Young Leaders. 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 Patrick Cantellow (21) youth employment champion and #Point-of-Light winner.

#YouthVoiceNow Interview with Patrick Cantellow (21) youth employment champion and #Point-of-Light winner.

#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

Power of Youth Charter – Plugged In & Charging
October 6, 2020
Young Voices Heard has signed up to the Power of Youth Charter :  Five 'we will' commitments to - #prioritise opportunities for, #open up decision-making with ,
The Youth Participation Charter 2006 – Not just heard.
September 23, 2020
“While consultation is important, participation in its truest sense gives children and young people an active involvement in planning, decision-making and subse
#PupilVoice and Covid19
September 9, 2020
During a summer of covid-related challenges for the education sector students views were increasingly reported by the media to a wider audience than is usual. 
#YouthVoice in organisations: 10 steps to good practice
August 19, 2020
Quality Standards Series: Ten top tips for organisations looking to promote youth voice, participation and leadership. As part of our research at Young Voices ...
#YouthVoiceNow Interview with Patrick Cantellow (21) youth employment champion and #Point-of-Light winner.
August 13, 2020
Patrick Cantellow, aged 21, from Kent is a #youthvoice champion and ambassador for careers, apprenticeships and social action. At  the age of 15 Patrick formed
#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...

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