While most of our hostels reopened on 17th May, a small number will remain closed throughout the summer.
This is a temporary position which will be regularly reviewed as the situation changes, government guidance evolves and we learn more about the future demand for hostel stays.
When we temporarily closed our hostels at the end of March 2020, we sought out ways to support the national effort and offer up our hostels to those most in need.
Working with partners in the charity and local government sectors, we secured a number of contracts that resulted in nearly 20 hostels being repurposed to accommodate key workers and the most vulnerable members of society during the pandemic crisis.
As a charity we are committed to increasing the scale and breadth of our reach and ensuring that YHA is for everyone, with a particular focus on those that can benefit the most. We are incredibly proud to be having a positive impact in supporting key workers and the most vulnerable in society.
Repurposing our hostels to support those most in need may only be a short-term change in our long history, but it is one that we will look back on with great pride.
We continue to look for other opportunities to help. If you are aware of an organisation needing assistance, please email our community support team at [email protected].