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 decision-making roles – empowering more young people to be effective changemakers, leaders an trustees. The YVH online platform shares news, opportunities and good practice, including a free  Resource Bank.  

Founded in 2017, by James Cathcart former Head of Target Groups/volunteer Mentor at the Prince’s Trust and former CEO of the British Youth Council. Initially setup as a free online-resource and a voluntary networking/advisory service by James, Young Voices Heard Ltd was established in 2019 to manage bespoke consultancy services, but continue to undertake pro bono work. 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.

YVH Services: Education, Training, Mentoring, Partnership, Research, Project Management.

Organisations: Strategic Development and Planning, Fundraising, Project Management (First Steps, Consultation, Participation, Governance), Quality Assurance Audit (national standards), Review and Impact evaluation, Mentoring.

For Young People: Mentoring and training support for: Youth Participation/ Forum / Advisory Council / Trustee / Design / Thinktank /Consultation.

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.

“Listening to” (Interview with Young People In the Lead Advisory Panel @The Nat Lottery Com Fund
                                             Youth Voice Training/Sharing 2020