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

Events Volunteers - Ultimate Sports Quiz

We are very excited that our events are back for the first time since 2019, kicking off with our legendary Ultimate Sports Quiz on Thursday 18 November at Prestonfield House Hotel.

We are determined to make this our biggest and best Sports Quiz yet, so are looking for around 25 volunteers to help out on the night from around 6.30pm-11pm. 

Most volunteers will take on the role of table hosts and will be assigned two tables to look after for the duration of the event. You will also help to ensure our guests have an awesome experience and encourage them to participate in all the fun and fundraising throughout the night.

We are looking for friendly and enthusiastic volunteers who are confident about speaking with guests and comfortable encouraging them to get involved in fundraising.

If you are interested in helping at the event, please contact rebecca.mcdonald@echcharity.org by Sunday 31 October. There will be a virtual briefing for volunteers on Monday 8 November.

Staff Wellness Volunteers

As well as supporting children and families in hospital, we also like to look after those who look after us - our wonderful NHS colleagues. From pop up lounges where we offer staff a relaxing place to unwind on their break to little gifts and treats, these activities not only let us say thank you to NHS staff but also provide an opportunity to build relationships and promote our services and fundraisers.

We are looking for three or four confident and enthusiastic volunteers to form a small virtual team and take on the planning and organising of these activities with support from our fundraising team.

Are you good at planning, organising and working in a small team? Perhaps you have a great business contact network to source supplies? We'd love to hear from you!

This is an ideal role for people who want to have a continuing volunteer role with us but who are unable to commit to regular shifts, as much of the planning activity can be undertaken from home at a time that suits you. There will be some requirement to come to the hospital on an ad hoc basis for catch up meetings and to help with event delivery/gift distribution but this could be shared between team members.

Please click below for more information:

Staff Wellness Volunteer Role Profile

To apply, please complete the volunteer application form below describing what you could bring to the team and send to rebecca.mcdonald@echcharity.org by Monday 27th September. 

Click here to download application form: Volunteer_application_for...