Ronald McDonald House Charities UK

Charity registered in Scotland SC040717

Having a child in hospital is unimaginable for families. At Ronald McDonald House Charities UK, we ease some of the burden by providing free ‘home away from home’ accommodation.

The best medical care for your child isn’t always close to home, and families often find themselves travelling long distances to be with their child in hospital. Our 12 Houses across the UK give families a warm and comfortable place to rest, eat and relax, just moments away from their child’s hospital ward. Our support is invaluable to families at a critical time in their lives.


Current opportunities

About us Ronald McDonald House Charities UK provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with seriously ill children in specialist children’s hospitals across the UK. Ronald McDonald House Edinburgh sits within the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France in Edinburgh. This 25 bedroom House provides free, comfortable accommodation to families with children and premature babies being treated at the hospital. Overview This year, we are launching our first Volunteer Fundraising Group in Edinburgh and the Lothians and are looking for new members to join. Volunteer Fundraising Groups are made up of people who can organise events and activities to raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities in their own community. They will act as local representatives for the charity and help to raise awareness of the work we do. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our income, but we continue to support families so that they can be near their poorly child’s bedside at 12 hospitals across the UK. We need volunteers to support Ronald McDonald House Charities now more than ever. What will I do? As a Volunteer Fundraising Group Member, your activities could include: • Organising and publicising fundraising events • Organising bucket collections • Placing collection tins in local businesses and periodically collecting the money raised • Collecting fundraised income from supporters in the local community About you This volunteering opportunity would suit someone who enjoys organising events and working as part of a team. You would not need any specific skills but a passion for the work that we do and an interest in supporting a charity in your local community would be beneficial. We ask that you give at least a few hours of your time every month and act as a reputable ambassador of the charity at all times. Why should I apply? There are so many different benefits of joining a Volunteer Fundraising Group. You’ll have fun and get to meet new people in your community whilst raising vital funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. You will be part of a team, working together on fundraising ideas and events which will develop your transferable events, team-work and marketing skills. How will Ronald McDonald House Charities support me? • Providing a detailed induction about the aims of RMHC and the difference we make • Regular meetings with the Community Fundraiser • All expenses will be reimbursed How much time would I have to offer? We anticipate that you would need to be able to spend a minimum of three hours each month.

About us Ronald McDonald House Charities UK provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with seriously ill children in specialist children’s hospitals across the UK. Ronald McDonald House Edinburgh sits within the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France in Edinburgh. This 25 bedroom House provides free, comfortable accommodation to families with children and premature babies being treated at the hospital. Overview We are looking for a volunteer to help with our fundraising aims within the local community. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to contribute towards raising vital funds and awareness of Ronald McDonald House Charities in the Lothians area. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our income, but we continue to support families so that they can be near their poorly child’s bedside at 12 hospitals across the UK. We need volunteers to support Ronald McDonald House Charities now more than ever. What will I do? As a Fundraising Research and Administration Volunteer, you will help towards fundraising events and activities. Activities could include: • Carrying out research and updating spreadsheets in Excel • Assisting with event planning and helping out at events • Sourcing prizes and gifts for fundraising events About you This volunteering opportunity would suit anyone who is well organised, proficient in Word and Excel and has excellent written and verbal communication skills. The role requires someone with a strong sense of community who is able to engage with individuals and is happy to volunteer occasionally on evenings and weekends to assist with events. Why should I apply? There are so many different benefits of being a Fundraising Research and Administration Volunteer. You’ll have fun and get to meet new people in your community whilst raising vital funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. You will be part of a team, working together on fundraising ideas and events which will develop your transferable research, sales and marketing skills. How will Ronald McDonald House Charities support me? • Providing a detailed induction about the aims of RMHC and the difference we make • Regular meetings with the Community Fundraiser • All expenses will be reimbursed How much time would I have to offer? We anticipate that you would need to be able to spend a minimum of three hours a week volunteering.

Ronald McDonald House Charities UK provides free ‘home away from home’ accommodation for families with seriously ill children in specialist children’s hospitals across the UK. Ronald McDonald House Edinburgh sits within the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France in Edinburgh. This 25-bedroom House provides free, comfortable accommodation to families with children and premature babies being treated at the hospital. Overview The Edinburgh House is looking for enthusiastic individuals to become part of our House team and help make a difference to families with children in hospital. This may be in the form of helping with various roles and responsibilities in-House, out in the community or both. They will act as representatives for the charity and help to raise awareness of the work we do. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted our ability to host events and offer specific services, but we continue to support families so that they can be near their poorly child’s bedside at 12 hospitals across the UK. We need volunteers to support Ronald McDonald House Charities now more than ever. What can I do? As a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald Edinburgh House, your activities could include: • Collecting valuable donated items for the House such as food and new equipment • Helping our team at reception with tours, ward checks and checking families into the House • Housekeeping tasks, including preparing bedrooms, assisting in laundry, or cleaning in the kitchen, ideally during evenings and weekends • Taking part in organised events within the House and around the local community About you This volunteering opportunity would suit someone who enjoys working as part of a team and is a real people person with a kind, polite manner. Having a passion for the work that we do and showing an interest in supporting the charity in your local community is also important. We ask that you can give up a few hours of your time every month and act as a reputable ambassador of the charity at all times. Why should I apply? There are so many different benefits of volunteering with us. You will have fun getting to know the members of our team as well as other people in the hospital, the charity and in the community. This is a great chance to personally make a difference to families who are going through an extremely difficult time in their lives Ronald McDonald House Charities UK. How will Ronald McDonald House Charities support me? • Providing a detailed induction about the aims of RMHC and the difference we make • Offering the opportunity to learn and try new things • Being part of a fun and friendly House team