GET ON BOARD THE ASN BOARD!
Abortion Support Network (ASN) is currently seeking new trustees for our Board. Trustees work with ASN’s Director and have specified roles and responsibilities along with providing strategic oversight for ASN. This is an exciting opportunity for someone passionate about reproductive rights to work with a dynamic, creative and motivated group of people to have a direct impact on the lives of women and pregnant people. We are particularly seeking to appoint a new Secretary, as well as trustees with expertise and experience in financial management and fundraising.
What is Abortion Support Network?
ASN provides practical information and financial assistance to people forced to travel to access abortion care. Initially serving the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man in 2009, ASN extended services to Malta and Gibraltar in early 2019, and at the end of 2019 to Poland as part of the Abortion Without Borders/Aborcja Bez Granic initiative. We also provide confidential, non-judgmental information to anyone who contacts us seeking information about travelling for abortions, as well as information about reputable online providers of early medical abortion pills.
ASN was founded by Mara Clarke in October 2009 when we heard from just 4 individuals and gave grants totalling £300. ASN has grown since then and in 2020 we helped over 5,000 individuals and gave grants totalling more than £100,000. ASN’s work is vital and many of our clients are particularly vulnerable due to poverty, migrant status, abuse, poor physical health, and mental ill health. Volunteers staff the helpline 365 days a year and are trained to support individuals over the phone or online.
While other organisations campaign for much needed law reform, ASN provides people travelling for abortions with the thing they need most immediately: money. ASN is a member of the US-based National Network of Abortion Funds (https://abortionfunds.org/) and a registered UK charity, number 1142120.
Who can apply to become a Board member of Abortion Support Network?
We are looking for pro-choice individuals who are passionate about reproductive rights, committed to helping people and interested in dedicating time and expertise to an organisation providing direct support to people seeking abortions. Applicants need not work in or have experience in the fields of abortion or reproductive rights. Our goal is to create and maintain a board with diverse expertise, experience and roles, and with distinct, manageable tasks. Our current board membership has a variety of professional experiences, but there are still areas in which the board needs additional expertise. We are particularly looking for new trustees with a combination of the following skills:
We are hoping that one of our new appointees will take on the role of Secretary. In the future, opportunities may arise to fill other key positions on the board, including Chair or Treasurer.
What are the responsibilities of all Board Members? Key responsibilities include:
In addition, Board members will be expected to:
What kind of time commitment is required of all Board members?
In addition to attending the meetings above, trustees are expected to respond to ad-hoc requests for support and will probably be invited to join a Board sub-group. They should expect to contribute at least one hour per week in addition to participation in meetings.
What are the legal responsibilities of all Board members?
Charity trustees have legal responsibilities regarding organisation governance, finance, membership and other matters. These are outlined by the Charity Commission.
What are the specific responsibilities and qualities of the Secretary?
Those interested in becoming a member of the ASN Board should express their interest by sending a CV and covering letter that explains how you fill the requirements set out above and specifying whether you are interested in applying to be considered as Secretary to: email@example.com. Deadline for applications is 5pm 15 April 2021. Interviews will be organised at a time convenient to the applicant, on a rolling basis.