Addiction and the Family International: The story so far... Laura Nice Development Officer The Challenges 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. What do we want to achieve? How can we achieve this? Setting up our organisation What’s in a name? Creating an international website The future What do we want to achieve? Our Aims: Provide information Evidence-based practice Addiction & the Family International Network Influence policy FM-centred research Raise awareness of FMs & FM models Strategic Vision - Conduct FM centered research - Provide information on Addiction & FM centered research - Influence Policy - Promote evidencebased practice - Raise awareness of FM & FM models AFIN becomes an established worldwide membership organisation, working towards its aims HUB MODEL in place: ADF UK at the centre, whilst developing AFIN Develop relationships with key others in the field in a small number of countries Develop satellite groups across the world Develop a worldwide network who will communicate regularly Profile of the FAMILY MEMBERS raised worldwide 5 Step philosophy remains strong but methods will change Phase 3: 10 years Influencing international policy & practice Planning Work towards the development of an International alliance to achieve group aims: Phase 2: 5 years Developing international networks & virtual presence Phase 1: Now AFIN has a strong global presence, making large contribution to the field Established network, communicating regularly Hub model no longer used. Clearly defined hubs/satellite groups in diff countries Policy analysis conducted, seeking to understand the way in which family members are represented in different international governmental policies Progress is made supporting/ contributing to governmental policies and international organisations (WHO) Perspective of FMs raised worldwide Network will regularly exchange conversations/views How can we achieve our aims? • Through which organisation type? • Research Network – University affiliation • Business – Limited Company • Charity – Un/registered, Trust, CIC, Social Enterprise • International Non-Governmental Organisation • Other alliance models – e.g. Kettil Bruun Society, PreVail • Unincorporated Association • No change Final Criteria • • • • • • • • Clear structure Manageable time demands Low set up & running costs Suitable for an income under £5k Future Proof Able to process money, apply for funding Free from other interests/restrictions Compatible with our aims Setting up our Small Charity The most suitable at present… but lots still to discuss: – Constitution – Charitable purposes – Trustees – Membership? – Future funding? What’s in a name? What do we want to convey? Can we use the word ‘Addiction’? Future proof? (e.g. other addictions, other charities) Will international members find us? Welcome to AFIN! Key words: Family + Addiction + International = Addiction and the Family International Network (AFIN) Future Challenges • Creating a network that people actually use: “Once our network and relationships were established, people spoke with each other separately… and then there was no longer a need for the network!”. Dr Berny Sèbe Postcolonial Birmingham Research Network Future Challenges • Creating an international community with a virtual hub i.e. our website! – – – – – How to make it easy to use Ways to communicate online Documents online - permissions Membership area Family Members area in the future Website goes live: September 2013! Working in different ways “Relying on a large group of people based in different countries, without offering them the incentive of pay can be challenging!” Useful to have a policy from the start “not to overwhelm people” with communication “In terms of getting things done, there really is no substitute to getting a group of smart people together in a room, who are passionate about their subject and letting them go for it!” Nadine Wathern Preventing Violence Across the Lifespan Research Network (PreVAiL) Find out more or join AFIN! Laura Nice AFIN Development Officer Email: [email protected] Any Questions?