Lend a hand!


We simply couldn’t do what we do without the help of volunteers.  Whether you are looking for a regular volunteering opportunity or just want to help out every once in a while, there are many ways you can support us by giving your time.

Volunteering Roles

Volunteers help in many ways, from staffing our hospital shops, supporting us at our events, distributing and gathering collection cans and helping in the office. 

Please scroll down to find out about the current volunteering roles we have available.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept volunteers under the age of 16 unless they are accompanied by a responsible adult and the volunteering role is age appropriate. This will be indicated in the description on our current opportunities page.

Volunteering at the RHCYP

The volunteering opportunities we offer are to support the work undertaken and services provided by our charity. Many of our opportunities are not based within the hospital.  Please see the descriptions of current opportunities below to confirm the location and nature of the role. 

If you are looking to volunteer within the hospital (e.g. ward volunteers), please visit the NHS Lothian volunteering page for more information.

What to Expect

Please see our current opportunities below for available volunteer roles. To apply for a role, please complete and return the volunteer application form. We'll invite you for a short informal interview to talk to you further about the role and answer any questions you may have.

Training and Ongoing Support
Volunteers will receive an induction and all necessary training for their role. You will have a named key contact in the organisation and be welcome to volunteer events to meet the wider team and other volunteers. We will also regularly keep you up to date with any new volunteering opportunities ECHC activities and how your support is making a difference.

Volunteering Opportunities

Shop Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help in our shop which serves staff and visitors at the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

No retail experience is necessary as full training will be given - just a friendly attitude and a willingness to learn. We are currently looking to fill the following shifts:

  • Wednesday 8am - 11am (once a fortnight)
  • Friday 12noon - 3pm (weekly)
  • Friday 3.30pm - 6.30pm (weekly from beginning of July)
  • Saturday 10am - 3.30pm (once a month)

Click here for a full role description.

To apply, please click the link below to download and complete this volunteer application form: Volunteer_application_for...

Please return to rebecca.mcdonald@echcharity.org by Friday 18 June (at latest - earlier applications welcome!) 

If the roles above do not match with your interests or availability, but you would like to be on our mailing list to hear of future volunteering opportunities, please click here to download and complete this short enquiry form: [Volunteer_Enquiry_form.docx]