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.
As an ECHC volunteer, you will receive an induction and all necessary training for your role. You will have a named contact in the organisation and be welcomed 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, our activities and how your support is making a difference.
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.
Please scroll down to find out about the current volunteering roles we have available.
We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to help in our shop which serves staff and visitors at the Royal Hospital for Children & Young People. No retail experience is necessary as full training will be given, just a friendly attitude and willingness to learn. We are currently looking to fill the following shifts:
We are ideally looking for volunteers who can cover a shift on a weekly basis, but fortnightly will be considered.
Click here for Full Role Profile.
To apply, please complete the volunteer application form below by Friday 24th June (earlier applications welcome!). Please indicate your availability in relation to the shifts above in your application. Please note these are the only available shifts at present.
Hub volunteers support the children, young people and families accessing The Hub, our wellbeing centre in the hospital. Tasks include setting up The Hub, welcoming visitors and supporting them during their time there including serving refreshments and encouraging participation. For full details, including the required skills and experience, please read the Full Role Profile. We are currently looking for volunteers to help at the following sessions:
Arts volunteers support the sessions delivered throughout the hospital by visiting Artists by accompanying the Artists around the hospital, helping to wipe down materials between uses and encouraging participation. Click here for Full Role Profile. We are currently looking for volunteers to help with the following sessions:
Thursday 11am-1.30pm (supporting Baby Sensory sessions)
Friday 2.15-4pm (supporting Tinderbox music sessions)
Due to the nature of these roles we can also only consider candidates 21 years of age and above. A PVG Disclosure check will be required before commencing any of these roles. Training will be given for all roles, some of which may be mandatory before volunteering.
To apply, please complete the volunteer application form below by Friday 24th June (earlier applications welcome!) and detail your potential availability in relation to the shifts shown above. Please note these are the only available shifts at present.
Our fundraising team are vital to the work of ECHC, raising the funds that allow us to help babies, children and young people in hospital and beyond. We are keen to build and develop our team of volunteers who support our fundraising activities, creating a bank of trained volunteers to assist with a variety of tasks throughout the year.
We have a number of different volunteer roles available to support the team. Most roles involve providing support on an ad hoc basis (depending on the needs and activities of the fundraising team), with a minimum commitment across the year. Once accepted and trained for a role, the bank of volunteers will be contacted when tasks or events are planned and invited to help out.
Please see individual role profiles for more information or get in touch if you want to chat through the requirements of the role.
Please note: 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 Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.
If you are looking to volunteer within the hospital (e.g. ward volunteers), please visit the NHS Lothian volunteering page for more information.