Lend a hand!


We simply couldn’t do what we do without the help of volunteers.  Whether lending a hand at our events, helping out at a bag pack, or training to become one of our volunteer speakers – we’ll help find the right role for you.

How do I apply?

If you like the look of one or more of the volunteering roles we offer, get in touch to request a more detailed role description and an application form. We’ll invite you for a short informal interview to talk about where your skills can best be used to help us.

We do not accept volunteers under the age of 16 unless they are accompanied by a parent and the volunteering role is age appropriate.

Volunteering roles 

Volunteers will receive all necessary training and we will reimburse out of pocket expenses. You will be welcomed to volunteer events such as information evenings to keep you up to date with our activities and how your support is making a difference.

If you want to offer your time in a way that isn’t covered here, please get in touch. There may be ways that you can help us that we haven’t thought of yet!

Help us with our upcoming events

We have a number of events over the next few months which we need volunteers for.  Please email us at hello@echcharity.org or call 0131 668 4949 if you can help. 

On-going volunteering roles:

Collection can volunteer

We have a network of volunteers who distribute and collect our collection cans from shops and businesses throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians, Borders and Fife. If you have your own means of transport, enjoy meeting new people in your community and would like to contribute a few hours each month to helping ECHC raise funds, why not get in touch? We currently have vacancies for collection can volunteers in central Edinburgh, Stockbridge, west Edinburgh, South Queensferry and Fife.

We have vacancies.

Bag packing and bucket collections

  • Saturday 17th November - Morrison's Back Pack, Granton. Team of 12 needed to help customers pack their bags, collect money and have fun engaging with the public.
  • Throughout December - Christmas at The Dome.  We're looking for teams of four volunteers who could support a choir or music group performing on the steps of The Dome. We have three 2-hour slots from 1st-24th December. We'd love for you to join us and enjoy the music whilst collecting money from the public.
  • Sunday 8th December - M&S Bag Pack at The Gyle and Tesco Costorphine. Team of 12 needed to help customers pack their bags, collect money and have fun engaging with the public.
  • Sunday 9th December For Kinnaird. 15 volunteers needed to dress up as elves and enjoy collecting from shoppers in the park. Wrap up warm - this one is outside!

We have the opportunity to collect at events, theatre performances,  at supermarket tills, football matches and many more.  We want to make the most of these valuable opportunities, and your support is vital. (See above for upcoming collections).

We have vacancies.

Events volunteer

  • Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to cheer on runners taking part in the Kelpies Supernova 5k. Feel free to bring friends, families, banners and your best cheer!

Essential qualities for volunteering at events are energy and enthusiasm. We need people willing to lend their hand to all sorts: setting up, serving refreshments, face painting and manning fundraising stalls. We are always looking for friendly folk to help out at sports challenges, our own events including evening events such as the Sports Quiz, All Wrapped Up Christmas event and Girly Get Together. And as a fundraising event volunteer, you can decide how often you want to commit your time. (See above for upcoming events)

We have vacancies

Schools and nurseries volunteer

If you have experience of working with children and are a confident at talking to a group, why not think about becoming one of our schools and nurseries volunteers? You'd be helping to prepare children for what to expect if they ever have to go to hospital as well as talking about the work of Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity.

No current vacancies.

Volunteer Speaker

We're looking for confident public speakers to help raise awareness of ECHC in the community. You'll be trained up to give engaging talks to groups such as rotaries, church guilds and SWRIs. We'll make sure you have everything you need to share information about our work and encourage fundraising.

No current vacancies

Office volunteer

Our office volunteers come in on a regular basis to help out with various admin tasks from counting money, data processing and sending out mailings. Intermediate IT skill and knowledge is essential here.

We have vacancies.

ECHC Hospital Shop Volunteers

If you have been in the hospital recently, you will have noticed the fantastic changes that have taken place in our hospital shop. We have expanded the range of products we sell with the needs of families and staff in mind. We rely on a team of volunteers to help us keep the shop open by being welcoming and friendly while serving customers at the till and restocking the shelves.  If this sounds like you then please get in touch!

We have vacancies

Volunteering in the hospital

The volunteering opportunities we offer provide help to the fundraising team at Edinburgh Children's Hospital Charity – these don’t include roles within the hospital.

If you are looking to volunteer within the hospital itself, please visit the volunteering page for NHS Lothian.  All hospital volunteers are required to be 16 and over and commit to a minimum of two hours per week for at least 6 months.