Hello and welcome!
This is where you find out about volunteering with ASN. More information on any available roles below.
Get on board the ASN Board (of Trustees)!
The Abortion Support Network (ASN) is looking for people with a passion for reproductive rights who have good experience of working in business, public sector organisations or the third sector and want to put this to use on the board of a vital front-line charity.
We are particularly keen to welcome new trustees with expertise in fundraising and financial management; and we are hoping to recruit a new Secretary. We strongly encourage applications from People of Colour, LGBTQ+ people (we are a trans-inclusive organisation), people living with disabilities, and people who have experienced other exclusion or marginalisation. Send your CV and a short cover letter, indicating clearly your interest if you are interested in the Secretary role, by 5 pm on 15 April 2021 to [email protected]. Interviews will take place on a rolling basis at a time agreed with the applicant.
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Polish/Spanish or Polish/French translation and intake volunteers
We are also recruiting for 5-10 Polish/Spanish and Polish/French translation and intake volunteers to work with one of our partner organisations, We seek to expand our team of people fluent in Polish and Spanish or Polish and French (some English required) to help do quick response document translation, telephone translation and new client intake. Our partner Travel Abortion is based in Spain, but people can volunteer from anywhere based in Europe/UK. Like ASN’s helpline, Travel Abortion is a link between people in difficult circumstances and the funding and information that can help them get the abortion they want or need. Responsibilities include translating documents, telephone translation, and having initial intake conversations with new clients. This can entail taking client details, and providing practical information. All volunteers for this role will need to undergo an interview and training and have a reference check.
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The volunteer application form is at the bottom of this page.
Why aren’t you recruiting for volunteer hosts?
Many, many people have contacted us since 22 October offering to provide accommodation to women travelling for abortion, or to travel with them to and from clinics. This has always been a big 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 egal 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).
How to apply for volunteer roles
To apply for any role with Abortion Support Network (with the exception of trustee roles) 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].
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.