A youth advocacy platform promoting greater youth participation in public life and decision-making. Scroll down for information 'About us' ..
Promoting youth participation and leadership
Promoting youth participation and leadership
..in communities, in boardrooms, in the media and to parliament. Scroll down for more information on 'WHY'..
A New Social Enterprise offering – Youth Advocacy / Mentoring / Project Management / Training / Benchmarking & Fundraising
A New Social Enterprise offering – Youth Advocacy / Mentoring / Project Management / Training / Benchmarking & Fundraising
Bringing young people and decision-makers together to make a difference. Read On for more on HOW..

About Us

“Hello and welcome to ‘Young Voices Heard’, a movement promoting greater youth engagement and participation in public life and democracy, supporting young people to be changemakers, leaders, advisors, trustees, designers, entrepreneurs, writers, volunteers, campaigners and elected representatives  We have been operating since 2017 as a not-for-profit campaignCertified Circle Badge and youth participation support service (see portfolio of past activities) and in 2020 we will be launching a new Social Enterprise to enable us to operate sustainably as well as to facilitate more investment in the next wave of the youth-voice movement, through better reporting of news, recognition of success, research and the sharing of good practice. Watch out for two new projects ‘Youth Voice Now’ and ‘Youth Voice Network’.

To fund these developments, we offer a range of support services to organisations, trustees, directors, elected representatives and the media, who want to introduce, manage, review or benchmark their work with young people – all to recognised national standards, as well as continued access to youth participation specialist James Cathcart (Cathcart Consultancy).

James Cathcart, Director of Young Vocies Heard, Consultant, Coach and Mentor (Queens Young Leaders and The Prince’s Trust). 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. These paid commissions 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 more details of our services, from ‘Young Voices Heard’ or ‘Cathcart Consultancy’ see Menu.


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

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 and Editor of ‘Youth Politics UK’

"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.

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

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...
How do we refresh democracy for young people?
December 6, 2019
   'They don't appear to know what they're doing in Westminster' first time voter , Croydon.               ...
#YouthVoiceNow: Interview with Anna McGovern (18) #iwill Ambassador and Chair of Medway Youth Council
November 28, 2019
by James Cathcart, 20th November 2019   Anna is an #iwill Ambassador - one of a group of young activists successfully nominated in recognition...
#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
Election 19 #YouthVoice Manifesto – Nothing about us Without us!
November 17, 2019
Its been two years since I posted my last 'General Election Call To Action’ and a ‘Youth-Voice Agenda’ to highlight youth people's concerns and campaigns, espe
Election 2019 – #Youthpower
November 9, 2019
Some young campaigners may be too young to vote, but not too young to be heard by those that do.
Youth Voice, Direct Action and Greta
August 27, 2019
Youth Voice, Direct Action and Greta | Stepping up to serve, or stepping out to protest? Youth participation in direct action protest is taking youth voice soci...
Youth Charter 2019 – Youth Minister 2020
June 6, 2019
Youth Charter pending?  Youth Minister overdue! Have the stars aligned, at last, to create the conditions for a meaningful dialogue between youth sector s...

Contact Us

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