Who we are
The Postellers YHA group is a youth programme of the Youth Hostels Association (England and Wales), a National Voluntary Youth Organisation founded in 1930.
The Postellers was founded in 1968 by Diane Nightingale (MBE) and a colleague to enable young people, particularly from urban areas in and around London, to gain knowledge of the countryside through Youth Hostelling and to have fun. Diane still co-ordinates the group’s activates to this day.
The YHA’s registered charity number is: 306122
Who is it aimed at?
The programme is open to all young people aged 10 and upwards. The average age is 12-14 but young people over that age have joined the group successfully.
The membership of about 70 keep in touch though a monthly posted newsletter, “The Posteller”, which gives us our name. This details the monthly weekends away, as well as the longer Easter and summer trips.
Our aims are to help young people to gain the competence and confidence to go hostelling independently; to introduce them to a range of activities, both in the countryside and in the built environment and, in so doing, to aid their personal development.
Child Protection Policy
Parents/Guardians should note that all trips are led by experienced volunteer leaders many of whom have been Postellers themselves. All have been police checked through the Criminal Records Bureau. All instructed activities are led by nationally qualified instructors.
For further information, the child protection policy is available on request.