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YHA Doors open
    17/05/2012 10:01

Doors open

Youth Hostels across Cumbria are throwing open their doors to local communities as part of a massive drive to establish the centres at the heart of local life.  The invitation has gone out through a news release to local press, radio and television.

The “big society” style initiative will mean that groups can meet at their nearest venues, free of charge. It’s been welcomed as “fantastic” by Westmorland and Lonsdale MP, Tim Farron.

The hostels want to attract hundreds of new faces from parent and toddler groups to senior citizen’s meetings.

“We have twenty properties in stunning locations, which are almost empty during the daytime,” said Lakes Operations Manager, Andy Barnett. “Some of them have been around for 60 years yet many local people have not even stepped through the door. This is going to change radically.

“We are openly inviting Cumbrian community groups to contact their nearest Youth Hostel to see what YHA can do for them.”

MP Tim Farron said: “This is a fantastic new scheme by YHA hostels which will help to develop and support community activity across Cumbria.

“With their picturesque locations and this incredible offer I hope that community groups from across the county will take advantage and use this opportunity to make the best of these Youth Hostels.”

The 20 sites include Arnside, Ambleside, Black Sail, Borrowdale, Buttermere, Cockermouth, Coniston, Elterwater, Eskdale, Ennerdale, Grasmere, Glenridding, Hawkshead, Honister, Keswick, Langdale, Patterdale, Wastwater and Windermere.

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