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. We want to see more young people  empowered to be effective changemakers, leaders, and trustees. The YVH platforms also share news, opportunities and good practice, including a free  Resource Bank  and Campaign4YouthRecognition advice. We hope whatever your age, you will find something to amplify your #youthvoice!

YouthVoice NEWS 1/7/22 – Youth Policy Dev Group extended until March 2023. This partnership initiative between the Govts youth policy team and young people, coordinated by ShoutOutUk and supported by YoungVoicesHeard, has now been extended until March 2023 – and WILL BE RECRUITING NEW members – recruitment info coming soon (follow us on Twitter @YVH_YouthVoice  for updates) – but to find out more now email me  james@youngvoicesheard.org.uk

NEWS: Policy Group member Kyrenia Shipillis (18) talks to Young Voices Heard about her role on the policy group so far in our latest blog YouthVoice Interview 

The Campaign4YouthRecognition is now 5 years old. It simply encourages people to nominate young people for awards in recognition of their public service, and particularly for national recognition by HM the Queen. “I have been researching and publishing the names young people  (aged under 30) who have been honoured my  Queens Youth Honours List from when they started winning awards 10 years ago, for community and public service. I want to inspire and support more nominations of awards in general, that recognise and celebration the youthvoice movement” (James Cathcart, Ed). Click How2Nominate for  Case Studies, information and advice Slides from our joint presentation with the Cabinet Office/DCMS Honours Teams, and links to guidance and nomination forms. Do something amazing and nomination someone amazing today.

For more information about our youthvoice support services/and to get a quote, complete the contact form or email James@youngvoicesheard.org.uk

  • YVH Services: Strategic Advice on Youth Voice and Participation to both boards, managers, officers and young people … including 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.

Youth Voice Training/Good Practice
Govt / ShoutOut UK’s Youth Policy Group


Background to Young Voices Heard. 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.