A not-for-profit network promoting greater youth participation in public life and decision-making. Scroll down for more information about us ..
Promoting youth representation and leadership
Promoting youth representation and leadership
..in communities, in boardrooms, in the media and to parliaments worldwide. Scroll down for more information on why ..
Advocacy / Consultancy / Training Mentoring / Evaluation
Advocacy / Consultancy / Training Mentoring / Evaluation
Bringing young people and decision-makers together to make a difference. Scroll down for more on how..


“Welcome to Young Voices Heard, a not-for-profit enterprise founded in 2017 by James Cathcart, former Chief Executive of the British Youth Council and Head of Target Groups at The Prince’s Trust, to promote greater youth participation in society and public life.  Whether you are a young person or someone wanting to hear what young people have to say, we want to help you.

Young Voices Heard believes that there whilst there has been some growth in ‘youth-led’ activities’, especially ‘youth-voice’ initiatives for under 18’s and in the ballot box for those aged 18 plus, there is still much to be done to ensure those voices are ‘heard’, recognised and acted upon. We aim to promote and share good practice about positive youth participation in society, targeting decision-makers and the media. We want society to recognise and value their contribution, not only as volunteers in local communities, but as change-makers in the boardroom and in parliament, by sharing, writing, advising, and advocating on their behalf. We want to reach out to youth-led initiatives, to connect them to each other starting out, their peers with greater experience, and to the media to recognise them. We especially want to reach those on both sides who would not otherwise get the opportunity.


What we do

amplifying youth voice ..




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

Latest blogs

Votes at 16 : All-Party Parliamentary Group 2018
February 15, 2018
Is now the time for a new parliamentary body, such as an APPG, to enable cross-party dialogue to explore consensus on lowering the voting age to 16 with measure...
“From volunteer to Chief Executive – an unexpected journey”
July 15, 2017
Founder of Young Voices Heard reflects on his personal journey and importance of volunteering that started it. [Written for World Youth Skills Day 15th July 201...
A Strong #Youthvote Is In The National Interest because.. (2/5/17)
July 12, 2017
A strong #youthvote turnout is in the national interest because it is a measure of the health of our democracy, an early indicator of the life-time relationship
“Youth Voices Heard – in Parliament”
July 6, 2017
"Youth Voices Heard - In Parliament" is one of the priorities of the YoungVoicesHeard initiative. It  based on the premise that the health of a nation's govern

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