James Blake


Issue 8 – July 2017

…and a very warm welcome to the new issue of #LiveMoreYHA. I’m hugely honoured to be writing this as YHA’s new Chief Executive. Having watched the charity grow from strength to strength under Caroline White’s stewardship during the past nine years, I’m thrilled to be taking over the reins at such an exciting time in our history.

I’ve been involved with YHA throughout my life as a customer, member and Trustee, so I’ve seen at first hand the dedication of all those who work for the organisation, and the inspiring work we continue to do for young people across England and Wales.

I’m fully committed to ensuring that we maintain our high standards of success, a task that will be made all the more achievable by the fact that I’m joining such a dedicated and talented team of staff and volunteers.

I see the next few years as a huge opportunity for YHA to grow into one of the leading young people’s charities in the UK. I want us to continue to focus on what we do best, by providing life-changing experiences, inspiring the younger generations to broaden their horizons, and unlocking a spirit of adventure, possibility and discovery in those who most need it.

I greatly look forward to working with you, our members and readers, in the months and years ahead. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy reading the news and features we have in store this issue, which include an interview with Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and a focus on our investment in young people.

Happy reading.

James Blake – YHA CEO 

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Backpack competition

Win! A Lowe Alpine daypack

We have a Lowe Alpine Tensor 23 daypack (worth £60) to give away to one lucky winner. A brilliant all-round …
Camping gear

Gear: cool stuff

OEX Helios EV Hydrodown 300 Sleeping Bag An excellent new 3-season sleeping bag from OEX, with water-repellent duck down ensuring …
Edale activities

Making a difference

At YHA we’ve spent more than 85 years transforming young lives. We’re committed to spending the next 85 years doing …

Having a Wales of a time

Pegs and poles? Check. Sense of adventure? Check. Ben Lerwill takes his family on a camping trip to Snowdonia. A …

Shakespeare in the saddle

The theatre troupes pedalling their way through the UK Sometimes an idea comes along that just feels right for the …
Go Tri

Giving it a go

First-timer Anna Melton takes to the start line for a GO TRI duathlon “Go at your own pace”, it suggested…and …
Jessica Ennis-Hill

Celebrity Q&A: Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill

It’s not overstating things to call Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill a living legend. Growing up around Sheffield and the Peak District, …
Wall art

On the wall

Two young artists leave their mark on YHA. If you noticed someone taking a marker pen to our hostel walls …