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YHA Renewable: Energy saving throughout the network

YHA Renewable: Energy saving throughout the network

The YHA network totals 140 properties of varying ages, many of which are old, consisting of 11th century castles, a 13th century friary, and an Elizabethan country house to name a few.

Christmas is coming early at YHA Ilam

As part of the YHA energy saving works being undertaken by the Property Team and led by SHEQ, an early Christmas present arrived at YHA Ilam Hall this week in the form of LED lights!

The hostel's current lighting system is made up of inefficient Halogen lighting, however the new replacement bulbs are all LED, producing the same level of lighting using only a fraction of the electricity. This helps to save energy , carbon and importantly cash! Using data gathered from Co-Op power who supply all YHA Green energy, the return on investment is calculated to be within 18 months.

Could you do the Nicest Job in Britain?

Could you do the Nicest Job in Britain?

The Nicest Job in Britain campaign is being run by Utility Aid, which is a consultancy company who help charities save money on their energy bills, so that finances can be re-distributed to the things that really matter. The campaign is being run around the theme of ‘Do More Good’, with the idea that there are so many people out there who already do amazing work for charities and that we should be doing more to help them help others.

YHA AGM 2014

YHA AGM 2014

16th July 2014

By Chris Darmon, YHA Chairman

YHA’s 2014 AGM was held in glorious summer weather last weekend at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall.

This was an historic moment for us: for the first time we opened up attendance at the AGM to an extra 38 members of YHA and we also wanted to make it much more inclusive and family-friendly with social events around it.

Hallways App Launches

Hallways App Launches

12th June 2014, London

Hallways today announced its official launch across Europe. Hallways is the first ever social network for hostels. Using Hallways, backpackers can connect with fellow guests at their hostel, join events in the hostel and the surrounding area and create their own events for other guests to join. Hallways also announced the release of a special feature just in time for the World Cup; users can now find fans of their World Cup team to watch matches with while travelling.

Permission Being Sought for Youth Hostel at Eden Project

The Eden Project is working in partnership with the Youth Hostel Association and Snoozebox to create a Youth Hostel on the Eden site.

The YHA sees the proposed new facility at Eden as a direct replacement for their Youth Hostel at Golant, near Fowey, which is due to close at the end of next month (May 2014).

An application has been submitted to Cornwall Council to establish the 58-room hostel on Strawberry Car Park within the Eden site and the hope is that it could be operational this summer.

YHA CEO Caroline White Joins the OIA Board

Caroline White, CEO of YHA (England and Wales), has become the OIA’s newest Board Member. She replaces Brian Smith (ex-Chief Executive of HF Holidays), who recently retired after being a member of the OIA Board since 2007.

YHA Wins a Benefits Excellence Award

YHA (England & Wales) picked up the ‘Most Successful Communication Strategy to a Multi Locational Workforce’ award at last month’s Benefits Excellence Awards ceremony.

The company were nominated for three awards in total at the second annual awards which focus entirely on voluntary employee benefits, including ‘Most Effective Ongoing Communication Strategy’ and ‘Most Effective Communication Strategy to a Challenging Demographic’.

YHA Kings in Dolgellau, Wales, has been sold as an Enterprise Youth Hostel

YHA Kings in Dolgellau, Wales, has been sold as an Enterprise Youth Hostel.

The sale means the site will offer brilliant accommodation in the southern part of the Snowdonia National Park. YHA’s Board of Trustees is really pleased that YHA can continue to offer accommodation in this beautiful part of Wales, in a traditional hostel that has been part of the organisation for such a long time (75yrs).


Council Bulletin - Issue 28

The latest version of the YHA Council Bulletin - Issue 28 has been released today, please click here to access the document.

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