Friends of YHA

This is an additional source of business and governance information, for those of you who are interested in getting involved with YHA. This could be through volunteering at our hostels or becoming a Trustee on our Board, or if you just want to know more about the way we run as an organisation and our ambitions for the future.

Here you can find information about our AGM - which in the lead up to the event includes the agenda, all the meeting papers and the information needed about the venue and arrangements.

There are also sections on Volunteering and About YHA, where you can read updates from the CEO, so keep visiting!

And for those of you with Facebook, you can join our Friends of YHA Facebook Group. This will provide a forum for member-to-member discussions about YHA, our meetings and events, and our activities

Join the Friends of YHA Facebook Group

  • Our closed Facebook group only for YHA members
  • A place to chat about YHA as a member
  • You'll need to request permission to join

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AGM 2018

Our AGM 2018 was held on Saturday 30th June at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London. There were 69 company members (eligible to vote) present, and nine proxy votes had been received.

You can view the draft minutes from the AGM here. These will be presented at our AGM 2019 for approval by Company Members. 

You can also view the AGM presentation here

Changes to the Articles and Standing Orders

At the meeting, members voted by a majority of 76% to amend the Articles and Standing Orders, as part of the next phase of governance modernisation and reform. These changes relate to a significant widening of the opportunities for participation in YHA’s democracy. In summary, the key changes voted in have extended voting rights to the wider membership through online voting, without the need for them to attend a meeting, and to change the governance documents to allow a less formal AGM to take place. A number of other amendments were included to reflect changes in company law and because it made sense to deal with them at the same time.

CNP and Trustee elections

Paula Yates was elected as the Council Nomination Panel (CNP) Chair, to replace Trevor Cornfoot who had come to the end of his term of office.

Helen Maurice-Jones was elected as an Association Member of the CNP.

Josie Murray was re-elected for a second four year term as Trustee, and Hannah Paterson and Simon Reeve were both elected as new Trustees for a four year term.

Afternoon presentations

Guest speaker was Alex Staniforth, YHA’s youngest Ambassador and an adventurer and mental health campaigner, who gave an inspiring presentation about his YHA journey.


Following this, there were three interactive presentation sessions:


AGM 2019

Our AGM 2019 will be held on Saturday 29th June 2019, at the Royal College of General Practitioners in London.

Volunteering - Give something back, volunteer with YHA today

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Volunteering with YHA is a fantastic way to have fun, learn new skills, meet new people, boost your CV and give something back. And we have a dedicated YHA Volunteering site where you can find out more, and search out – and sign up to – many different volunteering opportunities.

YHA Volunteering

Learn about YHA - Learn more about what we do

Find out about YHA as a charity, a business and the impact we have on young people’s lives.

Read our latest inspirational Impact Report, Transforming Lives.

Learn about our charitable object, Board of Trustees, how we’re governed and much more about our history and future direction.

Read the latest monthly CEO Briefings from James Blake, which give a flavour of the current economic, political, strategic and operational issues.

CEO Briefings May 2019

Read James Blake’s report from the latest Board meeting:

May Board Meeting Report