In September, a group from RBS joined Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel for a day’s volunteering on the banks of Loch Lomond in Scotland’s first National Park.

The 8 volunteers from RBS’ Learning Team swapped a day in the office designing and delivering training to Personal Banking employees to show off their green fingered skills helping with some basic gardening and ground maintenance work at the youth hostel.

Having used the meeting room facilities at youth hostels, the group were looking to volunteer with SYHA Hostelling Scotland as they wanted to give back to the community.

Isla, the group leader, said “We couldn’t have been better looked after and it was a really great day. My colleague said it was really well organised and the best community day she had ever been involved in.”

The project went very well with a large volume of tasks being completed in a short space of time.

Aaron, Rowardennan Lodge Manager, said “The weather held out and provided us with a nice day to be outside. All participants appeared to enjoy their day with many saying they would like to come back and do something again.”

We would like to thank RBS' Learning Team for their support and time at Rowardennan Lodge Youth Hostel in September and hope that they all enjoyed volunteering with us.

SYHA regcognises and greatly values the contribution our volunteers make to our organisation in assisting us to achieve our charitable objectives. If you would like to volunteer with us, either as an individual or with colleagues, please email

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Scotland's best known network of youth hostels in stunning city & rural locations. As a not-for-profit organisation, we encourage guests to join Hostelling Scotland. Members enjoy a range of exclusive benefits including dual membership of Hostelling International, providing access to more than 4,000 youth hostels in over 90 countries worldwide. Membership and guest overnight income supports our charitable youth programmes.

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