See how a major charity operates at YHA Day

The YHA in England and Wales are holding their first day dedicated to The Youth Hostelling Charity on the 15th September 2012.

YHA Day gives the YHA the chance to open the doors of their their network of English and Welsh youth hostels as well as reach out to local communities while showcasing their their amenities and how the organisation has changed over the 82 years it has been in existence.

The youth hostels that are spread across England and Wales will be taking part in YHA Day, and there will be a host of family friendly and diverse activities such as cream teas, guided tours, treasure hunts, film screenings and live music acts.

As part of the charity’s capital investment programme, over the past five years YHA has invested £19.5 million in its network of Youth Hostels in England and Wales, creating great value, modern and comfortable accommodation. Many now boast private en suite rooms, camping facilities, restaurants and some even have honeymoon suites. And you don’t have to be a member to stay with YHA.

Today Youth Hostels play a vital role in many of the communities in which they are based, providing many local groups, such as toddlers and Scouts, with premises for their weekly meetings and onsite activities for children during term time and school holidays.

YHA (England & Wales) Chief Executive Caroline White explained: “We want to double the number of young people who experience YHA, its sense of sociability and community, and all that it can offer them and their families. Where better to start than in the local community and with our first ever YHA Day?

“Youth Hostels are increasingly popular with young families, with outdoor groups and school groups. We play a special part in many communities and in the lives of young people and we’re really proud of the work we do with volunteers and with partners, including the National Citizen Service.”

To make a Youth Hostel booking call 01629 592 700 or visit www.yha.org.uk.