All Doula UK members are eligible to volunteer for the Access Fund.
In May this year we were incredibly fortunate to receive funding from Safer Beginnings to support more people through the Access Fund than ever before. We are in great need of more Access Fund doulas, particularly those who offer post natal support.
Read the Access Fund Guide for Doulas Access Fund Guide for doulas
How does the application process work?
A referral is made online by a healthcare professional or charitable partner. The application is then considered by the Directors of Doula UK. A successful applicant will email you directly to check whether you can offer support. Once agreed the applicant will email Doula UK to let us know who is supporting them and we will issue an Access Fund voucher to confirm the award.
How do I find work through the Access Fund?
Once an application is approved in the area you will receive an email asking if you are available and interested. Once you’ve offered to support the applicant will be notified their application is successful and you will be put in touch with the client.
Is it paid?
Yes. We pay £250 for 20 hours of postnatal support or £250 for birth support.
Do I need to have insurance?
All doulas are insured by Doula UK’s insurance when working for the Access Fund.
Do I need a DBS check?
Yes. Doula UK will reimburse you the cost of your DBS. You can order one here. We will reimburse you the cost if you send us a receipt.
What kind of support will I get?
We have provided free training on rights in maternity with birthrights for Access Fund doulas, we plan to offer this training again. The Access Fund doulas also have a private facebook group to provide peer support to each other and can access the Doula Support Network.
Is there safeguarding process in place?
Yes should you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact Admin who will refer to Kat Hampson and Olivia Southey (Designated Safeguarding Officers). Access Fund doulas are offered free safeguarding training through Doula UK.
Can I offer shared care?
Yes. Provided the doula you are working with also volunteers for the Access Fund.
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