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Hello and welcome to ‘Young Voices Heard’  whose aim is to promote greater youth participation in public life, amplify youth voice on issues they care about, and involve more young people in decision-making roles – empowering more young people to be effective changemakers, leaders, and trustees. The YVH platforms also share news, opportunities and good practice, including a free  Resource Bank of selected written and video materials. We hope whatever your age, you will find something to amplify your #youthvoice.

Founded in 2017, by James Cathcart former Head of Target Groups and mentor at the Prince’s Trust and former CEO of the British Youth Council., Young Voices Heard was initially a free online-resource and advisory service, and continues to offers pro bono advice and volunteer ‘mentoring’ to some. In 2019 Young Voices Heard Ltd was established to manage bespoke consultancy services, to support its social mission. In 2021 YVH C.I.C. was established to offer not-for-profit project management and services and take forward plans to develop more ‘news reporting on the youthvoice sector’ and campaign for better recognition of young changemakers and their champions.

YVH Services: Education, Training, Mentoring, Partnership, Research, Project Management.

Services for organisations: Strategic Development and Planning, Fundraising, Project Management (First Steps, Consultation, Participation, Governance), Quality Assurance Audit (national standards), Review and Impact evaluation, Mentoring.

Service to benefit Young People: Mentoring and training support: e.g. Youth Participation/ Forum / Advisory Council / Thinktank members/ Trustees / Co-Designer / Young Advisors.

We aim to work alongside your organisations staff, volunteers and young people, empowering them, and you, to lead, own and sustain youth youth voice, participation and leadership. We also work alongside approved delivery partner organisations, peer mentors and associates.

“James Cathcart and ‘YVH’ have been our mentor and Special Advisors 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”. Dan Lawes, CEO of Youth Politics UK

The advice and continued guidance comes with great support, experience and knowledge in the field of improving opportunities for young people… a huge asset to our growth.” Carl Konadu CEO of 2-3 Degrees Ltd -Youth Led start-up in personal development and education.

“Listening to” (Interview with Young People In the Lead Advisory Panel @The Nat Lottery Com Fund
Youth Voice Training/Sharing 2020


What we do

Mentoring, Project Management, Quality Assurance


News Blog


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


Latest blogs

#Youth Voice News May : New Youth Voice Register, Govt Mental Health Consultation, Funding, Good Practice…
May 13, 2022
Youth Voice Direct - Aged up to 25? or YouthVoice champion/worker in touch with young people? Sign up to our new YVH register to get news, resources, and invita...
NEWS: #YouthVoice Policy Group continues, & latest Govt consultation on GM Food
April 25, 2022
News: Youth Policy Development Group extended / new consultation on Genetic Modification to Food ShoutOutUK have been given an extension to their Youth Engag...
#MakeYourMark: UK Youth Parliament survey results 2022
March 12, 2022
Make Your Mark is an annual youth ballot of 11-18 year-olds organised by the UK Youth Parliament. This year's results were announced on 10th March after  434,49
YouthVoice to Govt: Mini-Survey on Youth Engagement Policy 2022
February 15, 2022
Aged up to and including 25 in England? Want to influence how Govt engages with youth people on policy issues? Please complete this 5 min survey by 6th March: ...

Contact Us

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  • Follow and DM @YVH_YouthVoice
  • James.cathcart@youngvoicesheard.org.uk
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