Coronavirus update: Abortion Support Network is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation. As long as borders and clinics remain open, we will help those who are able to safely travel access abortions abroad. We will also provide information on safe abortion pills for home use where appropriate. If you need an abortion, please get in touch and we will help you as much as we are able. Coronavirus is simply YET ANOTHER obstacle faced by people living in countries with inadequate provision of abortion services.

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Volunteer

Hello and welcome!

This is where you find out about volunteering with ASN. More information on any available roles below.

Helpline volunteers sought

ASN’s helpline are the link between the people who contact us and the funding and services that can help them. It’s a difficult, exhilarating, rewarding role and we are seeking to add up to three volunteers to our team. We are looking for two Polish and English speaking volunteers and one English speaking volunteer. In the current landscape, (post Repeal Ireland, post Tribunal Poland) and with both recent and planned launches to other countries, ASN is playing things by ear, and this role is best suited to people who enjoy working flexibly, reactively and responsively – problem-solving and learning as they go.

A full role description can be downloaded below. Please submit your application by 31 July.

Why aren’t you recruiting for volunteer hosts?

Many people have contacted ASN offering to provide accommodation to women travelling for abortion, or to travel with them to and from clinics. This has always been a part of what Abortion Support Network and our Abortion Without Borders partners do. However, during Covid-19, not only is it not possible for us to provide accommodation in volunteer homes, but the clinics and hospitals are not allowing support people into the clinic with people having abortions. This includes partners, parents, and friends. The only time a support person is allowed in the clinic during Covid is if the client meets the legal definition of vulnerable, and in those cases we have volunteers, already trained, living near those clinics and willing to help.

Even when companions are allowed in clinics, they are kept in the waiting room while the patient goes elsewhere in the building. These support people are also confined to the waiting room and do not go through the process with the woman. We very much look forward to a time when we can recruit and train more hosts. In the meantime, however, we provide all clients with very clear directions on how to get to and from airports and hotels, and from hotels to clinics, and we have people on call to speak with them should they need further assistance while they are here (or whatever country they have travelled to).

Speculative applications

Got a great idea, or a brilliant skill, and want to work with us but don’t see a current vacancy that’s right for you? Please email [email protected] with an idea of what you’d be interested in doing for us, a bit of background about you, and any other information you think we should know.

How to apply for a volunteer role

To apply for any role with Abortion Support Network (with the exception of trustee roles and paid positions) please download and complete a copy of our volunteer application form.

This should be returned to [email protected] before the closing date stipulated above.

If you have any questions about a volunteer role, please email [email protected]. If you have any questions about ASN or AWB as organisations, or about a paid role, please email [email protected].