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ECHO - Evelina Children's Heart Organisation

ECHO (Evelina Children�s Heart Organisation) supports children and young people with heart conditions and

their families, who�ve been treated by Evelina London Children�s Hospital Networks. Congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect affecting almost 1 in every 100 babies born in the UK.

ECHO provides support from the moment of diagnosis, throughout any treatment and care pathway or

bereavement. ECHO helps members from across the UK and does so within Evelina London Children�s

Hospital, local hospitals and the community. Families are supported at every stage of their heart child�s journey through childhood, teenage years and during the transition to adult services. The charity offers a number of practical services aimed at supporting these families, often when there is little other help available.

- Assisting with facebook live and similar live online events

- Designing and editing a wide range of charity materials.

However, we are flexible and open to hearing new ideas - so if you have suggestions of different ways you can support our communications team we want to hear from you!

Hear what other UCL students have to say about their time volunteering with ECHO:…

We look forward to hearing from you!

Role Aim: 

We are seeking volunteers to assist us deliver our communications programme. The purpose of the role is to help us tell the ECHO story - we want to engage with families who need our help and encourage them to seek support, and we also want to share our story with the wider community to engender support for the charity and help us to reach out to potential donors and fundraisers. Activities are wide ranging and cover all aspects of communications including but not limited to: social media management, writing stories and case studies, updating our website, designing and editing materials, making short videos, photography and generating PR coverage. We are flexible and open to hearing new ideas.


Volunteers will be asked to support our communications team with a range of tasks designed to promote ECHO and its work, such as:

- Researching, writing, editing & publishing our regular enews updates

- Researching and writing news stories and blogs for our website

- Updating website content

- Monitoring and managing our social media channels: facebook, twitter, instagram, youtube & linkedin

- Assisting with public relations work

- Photographing people and events

- Creating short videos for use on our website and social media

- Assisting with facebook live and similar live online events

- Designing and editing a wide range of charity materials

Skills needed: 

We are seeking skilled or budding writers, graphic designers, photographer or video producers - but we also encourage applications from people seeking experience in these areas.

Some knowledge of wordpress OR InDesign OR video/photo production would be a bonus in this role.


In addition to ECHO volunteer training, we will provide training on how to use our website CMS (wordpress).

Canterbury House, 1 Royal Street London SE1 7LL
Time commitment: 
3-5 hours per week
Opening times: 
This role is available Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs ideally between 10am - 4pm (half day shifts are available)
Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here