Author Archives: Anita Kerwin-Nye

Kindness – the tough choice

By | May 18, 2021

We talk a lot about being kind. But less about what this means in how we behave. As we face increasing tensions – in our organisations, in society and in our personal lives what does it mean to be kind? And why do we view kindness as an act of weakness? A short personal view on 9 practical steps to be kind. #charity #leadership #kindness #society

Diversifying Trustee Boards – a real time example

By | July 23, 2020

YHA strategic priority is to ensure access, inclusion and diversity across all of our work. To ensure that our charitable resources are for all.

To be certain that access for all means all — that those who stay with us, benefit from our provision and support, our employees and volunteers, reflect the demographics of England and Wales.

Key Performance Indicator from YHA Strategy 10 Year Strategy; Adventure for the first time and for a lifetime

And this indicator for success includes our trustee board. Trustees set the strategic direction for a charity and are responsible for the organisation’s assets. Recruiting new trustees is an important part of charity success and ensuring that trustees have both a rounded skill set and diverse lived experiences are repeatedly evidenced as factors in charity effectiveness. Diversity, access, inclusion and equity are not just morally right they are business critical.

Jumping in the sea – for every child

By | July 14, 2020

I love this picture. 7 year old seeing the sea for first time after lockdown. Absolute freedom. And very wet trainers 20 seconds later.

Trips matter. Experiences matter. Stays away from home matter. It matters that we live on an island and thousands of children reach secondary school having never seen the sea. Yes really.

So as the Department for Education allows day activities and trips but continues to stress the absolute priority for ‘academic catch-up’; and some schools are having to narrow their academic curriculum because of the resources needed to support social distancing; with government guidance still advising against residentials – what can we do to ensure that the gap in experiences between those who have easy access and those that don’t doesn’t continue to increase?

Loving the Local

By | June 30, 2020

The concept of the 15 minute city predated Coronavirus but – as in many things- the pandemic has brought this thinking to the fore. What does this mean for individuals, for charities and communities?

Kids Adventure Books – Spark Their Imagination

By | June 8, 2020

It’s devastating to know that over 500,000 young people are missing out on their first residential this year. And as much as parents across the globe have taken on the task of home schooling, it’s safe to say that outdoor learning is going to be a part of the recovery for children and young people as we move back to a more ‘normal’ way of life. In the meantime though, it’s important that we engage them with colourful ideas for planning future adventures, connect them with wildlife and excite them with endless possibilities to explore the world around them.

YHA – what does it mean to be a charity in the decisions that we make?

By | May 4, 2020

We are now just over a month into the lockdown and two months since the Coronavirus started to dominate every aspect of our lives.

I have written here about the what this means for YHA strategy in this piece on Strategy in an Unknown Future and on the charity’s increasing relevance in helping recovery as families are clear on the importance of the outdoors and holidays to their well-being.

But ahead of longer term planning I want to take some time to reflect on YHA’s work over recent weeks. Because – I say with clear bias – it has been an astounding effort true to both our charity values but also our position as a successful and strong social enterprise.