James Cathcart is a freelance consultant, advocate and writer on greater youth participation in society, from local communities to Boardrooms and Parliament. He is the Founder/Director of the “Young Voices Heard” initiative, and is available to work as an advisor/trainer across the UK, Europe and overseas.
Growing up in Belfast, educated in England, a 37 year career started as a full-time volunteer, then youth worker, carer, social worker, juvenile justice officer, youth development manager, researcher , trainer, project manager, head of department, trustee, and finally, and most recently, as the Chief Executive of the British Youth Council/UK Youth Parliament in the United Kingdom 2008-2016.
In 2017, alongside his writing and consultancy, he has returned to volunteering. Two chosen charities are Step Up To Serve and the Royal Commonwealth Society.
Pro Bono work includes mentoring young people and trustees.
…to my new website and to my ‘youthvoice club and hub’, which aims to share good practice about youth participation in democracy and society, from parliament to the boardroom, through news, articles, updates from my projects and campaigns, and the sharing of good practice and resources.
Contact me to either, offer support by “joining the club”, or commission me to support you through: public speaking, workshops, training, assessment, review, coaching, mentoring and research.
My current projects and campaigns include:
1. “Young Voices in Parliaments” a campaign and support service to create a Commonwealth of Youth Voices around the world.
2. “Youthvoice in Democracy / YouthVoteMax 2017” – a campaign to increase the turnout of young voters and sustain youth participation in democracy through reform.
Projects in Development
3. “Youth In Democracy Club” an self-empowering network of young representatives and campaigners. Join the Youth Voice Club to register your interest and receive updates!
James Cathcart July 2017 @JamesCatChats