“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.

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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.

I’m a former carer and youth worker, now specialising in youth participation and engagement.  When I took a one-year career break/sabbatical from being the Chief Executive of the British Youth Council/UK Youth Parliament in 2017, I realised there was so much more that could be done to bring together young people wanting to have say with those wanting to listen to them, Inspired by, and still advised by a group of young leaders and alumni of the charities and partners that I’ve worked with, I decided to do something to bring about our shared vision to promote greater youth participation in society and public life – in the boardroom, in communities and in the media – as well as starting a campaign for reforms that would embed youth voice in our national institutions. Initially working as self-employed consultant to subsidise pro bono work, I have since broadened the Youth Voices Heard portfolio to include not-for-profit projects, as a Social Enterprise”  James.

Young Voices Heard: Social Enterprise Mission Statement  

Our Social Mission is to support meaningful youth engagement and participation in public life and decision-making, through coaching, mentoring, skills training, support services, networking and recognition

We will:

    • Establish not-for-profit projects, where 100% of the income will be restricted to spent on direct work
    • Commit re-investing the majority of our profits/surplus back into Young Voices Heard advocacy and mentoring.
    • Be autonomous of public/state control
    • Be majority controlled in the interests of our social mission
    • Be accountable and transparent

James Cathcart, Director 01/01/2020

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