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..

About Us

th[2]“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 formerly Head of Target Groups/Mentoring at The Prince’s Trust. Our aim is to promote greater youth participation in society and public life.  Whether you are a young person with something to say, or someone wanting to hear it, we want to help and we want to hear from you.

Young Voices Heard recognises that whilst there has been some growth in ‘youth-led’ action and ‘youth-voice’ democratic initiatives for under 18’s, and some increase in participation by over 18’s at the ballot box, there is still much to be done to ensure those voices and votes are truly ‘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 of this dialogue to those 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

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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

What top 10 youth campaigns will feature on UK Youth Parliament’s ‘Make Your Mark’ ballot 2018? Here’s our review of the likely runners and riders
August 14, 2018
  #MAKEYOURMARK ballot  - PREDICTIONS !! This blog will be updated with our reaction to the official top 10 when the polls open on 22nd August 2018 The v
Youth Social Action: “Listen To Us”
June 5, 2018
Youth Social Action Campaign -  #iwill Pledge update 2018, Voices Heard, Action taken, Difference made. I'm proud to still be backing the #iwill social actio
Votes at 16: House of Commons Vote?
April 22, 2018
How would MPs vote if there were a free vote this session? 'Votes at 16 - Are we ready, willing and able?' is a question not just for young people, but for MPs ...
Votes at 16 : All-Party Parliamentary Group 2018
February 15, 2018
Is now the time for a new parliamentary body, such as an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), to enable cross-party dialogue to explore consensus on lowering t...
“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

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