Welcome to YHA Volunteering

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YHA provides budget accommodation for individuals, families and groups. We aim to inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.

YHA is a leading charity and can provide a number of amazing volunteering opportunities to people of all ages. YHA makes volunteering accessible and easy for all, as we offer help with travel expenses and free stays for volunteers taking part in residential opportunities. We can even offer help with discounted meals! Volunteering is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, meet new people, boost your CV and give something back.

 What makes YHA special is the amount of choice available to volunteers: you choose when, where and how you give your time to support the YHA. We have a huge range of opportunities that will suit all interests and skills.  We run opportunities throughout the year, so you can fit your volunteering around your life. You can volunteer on your doorstep at your local hostel, or at one of our many beautiful hostels throughout England and Wales. For more information, please click on one of the links below.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

Latest news from YHA

Winter volunteering opportunities

Winter volunteering opportunities

We have a volunteer event bonanza in the Lake District this winter!  We have an incredible 15 events taking place at beautiful locations such as YHA's Grasmere, Black Sail, Eskdale and Wastwater.  There are a variety of tasks on offer including paiting educational spaces and transforming overgrown gardens.  All of the events are 5 days long and qualify for DoE Gold residential sections.  You can find out more here or by emailing claireregan@yha.org.uk

We also have a volunteer events programme for Wales and other hostels so plenty of opportunities to get involved in a variety of practical, team tasks.


YHA gains Investors in Volunteers accreditation!

YHA gains Investors in Volunteers accreditation!

YHA is very proud to announce that we have achieved Investing in Volunteers accreditation.

Investing in Volunteers is a quality standard for UK organisations who involve volunteers in their work, and it is the only quality standard that has independent external validation with a UK Quality Assurance Panel.

YHA was awarded accredited by NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations) in February, for being an organisation which provides high quality volunteer involvement.

YHA is incredibly pleased to have achieved this accreditation, and is committed to continuing to provide enjoyable and high quality volunteering experiences across our hostelling charity.


Useful Documents

Volunteer Application Form                                                      

Volunteer Handbook

Latest Volunteer e-newsletter                                                  

Volunteer Expense form

Volunteering Annual Review 2013-14                                                

Volunteer Today                                                               

Volunteer Journal

Volunteering for Groups 


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