About YHA

About YHA

Our story so far

YHA is a charity that transforms young lives forever through travel and real adventure. 

We provide amazing places to stay and unique opportunities to explore. We fund stays for families and young people facing adversity so that everyone has the chance to gain new confidence, new skills and a new perspective on the world. 

Everyone who stays at one of our hostels, cabins or campsites contributes to our work as a youth charity. That’s because the income we generate is reinvested back into our network and programmes, enabling us to achieve greater reach and impact on young people with challenging lives.

Everything we do is in the spirit and service of our Charitable Object:

To help all, especially young people of limited means, to a greater knowledge, love and care of the countryside, and appreciation of the cultural values of towns and cities, particularly by providing Youth Hostels or other accommodation for them in their travels, and thus to promote their health, recreation and education.

How we work

Our board of trustees ensure we stay true to our charitable object. YHA has 12 trustees made up of three officers, a chairman, vice chairman and treasurer.

To become a trustee, you must be a YHA member. All members are invited to attend the AGM and vote on the election of new trustees.

The board monitors YHA’s performance and makes decisions on matters of policy. They are also responsible for appointing a chief executive to carry out policies on their behalf.

Our mission

To inspire all, especially young people, to broaden their horizons, gaining knowledge and independence through new experiences of adventure and discovery.

Our vision

To reach out and enhance the lives of all young people, with the goal of reaching more than one million young people every year by 2020.

To achieve our vision, we have developed four strategic themes for 2017-2020:

  1. Developing our world class teams
  2. Delivering a sustainable network of world class hostels
  3. Achieving more reach and impact through funding and partnerships
  4. Putting our customers and members at the heart of everything we do

For more detailed information, please visit our governance page, read our Annual Report or take a look at our latest Impact Review.

We are YHA.

We transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure. Because where you go changes who you become.

Support us


Your next holiday could be a life-changer. Every stay at a YHA hostel, cabin or campsite helps transform lives. All our revenue is used to improve access to travel and adventure for young people facing poverty, disability, long-term illness and other challenges. 

Plan your next life-changing trip


Get out more. Get more out. Join the YHA movement and enjoy savings on every booking, discounts on over 350 high street brands, and much more. All while making a massive difference to over a quarter of a million young lives, every single year.

Choose adventure and change lives


Make the moments that change young lives forever. You can give a young person the confidence, skills and ambition to achieve more than they ever thought possible. Your £40 could provide the adventure that transforms a child’s perspective and prospects.

Be the difference today


YHA volunteers gain confidence, develop new skills, and get invaluable work experience. All while visiting new places, making friends, and making a lasting difference to the lives of young people. 

Choose where to make your mark