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’, a movement and consultancy support service promoting greater youth engagement and participation in public life and democracy. We offer support to young people to be more effective changemakers, leaders, advisors, trustees, designers, entrepreneurs, writers, volunteers, campaigners and elected representatives,  We have been operating since 2017, not only ‘campaigning’ for more young voices to be heard, but also providing youth participation support service on a not-for-profit basis. In 2020 we will be re-launching as a new Social Enterprise to enable us to operate more sustainably. Our trading arm Young Voices Heard Ltd consultancy will undertake both not-for-profit projects as well as trading to generate a surpluses that can be reinvested in training young leaders, measuring quality youth participation and recognising of success. Go to Menu of Services and Portfolio 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 practitioner experience to our offer of one-to-one coaching and mentoring support to Chief Executives, Chairs, Trustees, SMT and Young Leaders, including  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. We often work with an organisations staff and volunteers, empowering them to continue to the work, with aftercare support, after our initial input.


What we do

amplifying youth voice in public life and democracy




Changemakers and Champions Gallery 2020

Youth Voice in Democracy
Youth Voice in the Boardroom
Youth-led Start Ups
#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



#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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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

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
Youth Participation Quality Mark Project: 2020
February 18, 2020
Having a 'Youth Participation Quality Mark' is one way to indicate that #youthvoice is being heard AND making a difference to your organisation. Having certific...
Young Trustee Movement
February 17, 2020
Straplines: 'We’re a movement of young people and charity leaders mobilising for better charity boards' 'Less than 3% of charity trustees are under 30 - we're c
The Challenge of Youth Power: From silent-service to youth-voice leading
February 14, 2020
At the start of its seventh and final year the Step Up To Serve's (SUTS) #iwill campaign has launched a "Power of Youth Challenge 2020" to organisations, decisi...
Votes at 16: Parked, paused, what next?
February 1, 2020
Votes at 16: 2020, What next for this long-running campaign?  ‘Votes at 16’ no longer commands the support of a majority of MPs in the new Parliament.  Yes - W
Do something amazing – for someone amazing – #Nominateyouth
January 13, 2020
Its been a New Years Honour for an increasing number of 'young' changemakers like Mete Coban MBE (pictured), as more, and even younger people, are being success...
#Iwillweek2019: Young Ambassadors are stepping up to lead. ‘Yes you can, together #wewill’
November 21, 2019
#Iwillweek2019 is celebrating the #powerofyouth. In recognition of the work of the 7 years work of the #iwill “Young Ambassadors", James Cathcart says THANKY

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