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

There are many ways to get involved with ECHC! Please see below for our current opportunities:

Collection Can Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help collect and distribute collection cans to and from local businesses.

Collection cans are a hugely important part of our fundraising and awareness raising. We are looking for new volunteers to join the cans team to help distribute/collect them in the following areas:

  • Scottish Borders
  • Fife

Volunteers need to be able to bring collected cans to the ECHC office at Shawfair for counting. Some travel expenses can be covered (more information can be provided on request) but it would be helpful if you already travel to Edinburgh regularly from either of the above locations.

For the full role description, click here.

To apply, click this link to download a volunteer application form. Please state which role you are interested in: Volunteer_Form.docx

Please email completed forms to rebecca.mcdonald@echcharity.org

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]