“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.
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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