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Anyone's Child Tour
A network of families who have been damaged by current drug policy come together to support each other in their campaign for a more humane and just system. Their personal stories are captured on a website. They speak at events to educate the public about controlling drugs through legal regulation.
Charity information: Transform Drug Policy Foundation
Families who have lost loved ones or seen them imprisoned and stigmatised because of drug use currently have nowhere to go. They are marginalised, unheard and discounted. But their call for the legal regulation of drugs is a brave one that aims to save lives and protect people. Young people currently have easy access to unregulated drugs that can kill them. Anyone's Child wants to take them out of the hands of gangsters and give the control to the government, to doctors and to those who care.
Politicians close down discussions about drugs by saying they are terrified for their kids. Anyone's Child cuts through this rhetoric with the real life experience of families who know death, loss and trauma but have chosen a rational, evidence-based approach. Our project gives them the training to speak out, a platform to speak from and the support of experts where needed. It is already seeing results, gaining access to mainstream media and MPs, appealing to hearts and changing minds.
To build more mainstream knowledge about and support for the legal regulation of drugs.
Activities» A coordinated series of events around the UK featuring the Anyone's Child families speaking in churches, community halls and academic institutions.
What success will look like
We will carry out polling at our public events, monitor the press and social media around the events, and analyse the reaction of local and regional officials and influencers.
This tour of ordinary people speaking out about issues of local, national and international importance will normalise discussion of drug legalisation and how policy might be reformed to put human lives first. We will demonstrate this by our own increased access to policymakers, by growing support for legal regulation in the mainstream press and in the wider public, and by reduced resistance to change within the government and media alike.
The risks are mostly around the welfare of the families taking part, who may be vilified or misrepresented in the press. We have a policy to safeguard the individuals and we take care that all media contact goes through our professional team. We also carry out training on the media approaches and on legal regulation itself.
We produce email newsletters to keep our donors up to date with our progress. We also produce an annual report, which is sent to major donors and available online for all. We will produce an evaluation of the project itself at the end of the period.
Budget - Project Cost: £10,000Loading graph....
Amount Heading Description £3,000 Event travel Travel and accommodation for family members to 8 events £1,200 Event space hire Space hire for 8 public events £2,400 Event media Training for media preparation for speakers £1,600 Event materials Equipment hire for film showing £1,800 Event promotion Printing publications and flyers for event publicity and education
The project will be coordinated from our Bristol office but working with partners around the UK to ensure we visit a range of locations. We expect at least one event in each of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. We will be aiming to bring along a wide demographic, particularly those with teenage children, from all socio-economic groups - drug use is evenly spread throughout, after all.
The families who take part tell us that they benefit from the support of the group, particularly if they have been marginalised for a long time. It gives them renewed confidence and has brought several out of their shells. A sense of purpose is vital, particularly for people who have lost so much. The wider population stands to benefit from the work as it will draw attention to what is a major issue in society and enable improvement in policy that will benefit us all.
Transform has been working in the field of legal regulation for 20 years and is recognized internationally as a thinktank that has made an impact in bringing innovative ideas to the fore. Our Anyone's Child team uses this knowledge to support and train a team of families who are keen to speak out personally. Our media experience is also strong and we are able to draw on years of contacts to find the right place for the right story.
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