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YHA (England & Wales)

Help make the moments that transform lives forever.

YHA creates the moments that matter in young lives; the extraordinary moments when young people begin to believe in themselves, discover their talents and find the ambition that will lead them along a different path in life. Poverty, disability, illness, bereavement and other challenges are limiting children’s life chances and damaging their future prospects. Some children can’t wait for life to change. Now is the moment they need you most. Please support YHA. Together, we can transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure.

1 in 4

children in England and Wales live in poverty


young people live with a disability or life-threatening illness


children don’t have a home of their own


young children are carers


children are bereaved of a parent every day

How we change young lives

In  2017, young carers from a deprived area of Dorset went on a respite trip to YHA Perranporth. Most of these children don’t have family holidays. We supported a vital break from their caring responsibilities to spend time in the company of others who know  what they’re going through.

Read their story.

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How you can help

Do the things you enjoy to change young lives. There are many ways to raise money. You can do it anywhere – at work, at home, on your own or as part of a group. Our friendly team will be happy to support you every step of the way.

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Challenge events

You could help us change young lives forever. You could do something amazing by raising money from the things you love to do. Or the things you’ve always wanted to try, but never quite plucked up the courage.

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Ways to partner with YHA

Without the generosity of our partners we would be unable to reach one million young people every year. Help us to reach every young person that needs our help.

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Legacies are special gifts to charity, often made as ‘thanks for the memories’ or ‘I love what you do’ donations. Legacies provide poignant, expressive and helpful support to charities and what’s more they are tax efficient.

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Donate today

£10 a month could give children living in poverty access to adventures that will transform their wellbeing and hope for the future.

Donate now.

We are YHA

We transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure. You may not know it but, when you choose YHA, you’re helping us change young lives for the better, forever. Every penny we make is used to improve access to travel and real adventure for all young people. So when you stay with us, you’re contributing to opening up a world of possibilities to young people, many of whom just wouldn’t be able to take a break without us.