Re:Vision is a volunteer-led organisation dominated by and run for young people aged 16-25 to campaign for effective drug policy. Here is a shiny diagram of how we”re set up, sponsored by Microsoft Paint:
We have five main structures to our Network: the Trustees, the Core Team, Staff and Officers, Local Groups, and Working Groups.
Re:Vision Drug Policy Network is controlled by a Board of Trustees. They are a group of drug law reform activists who have fiscal and strategic oversight over the whole organisation, and bear responsibility for if anything goes wrong. All trustees are active members of the Core Team, and so for the most part, they simply rubber-stamp decisions made collectively by Re:Vision activists.
The Core Team
The Core Team is the central decision-making and strategic body of our Network. They are made up of Re:Vision volunteers and activists who want to actively participate on a national level to contribute to the organisation, its direction, and its growth. Any activist or volunteer can join the Core Team after they have held a Volunteering Agreement for six months – the reason for this time period is because we need to see what you can do, and for you to get used to the way we operate and decide if you like it.
Being on the Core Team requires commitment and participation. You can be involved in the Network on a national level without being involved in the Core Team, so please consider why you want to be on the Core Team and what difference you can make within it before applying.
Staff and Officers
Staff are people who are paid to undertake various functions around our organisation. They hold no decision-making power with the organisation, and although they can make recommendations, they are subordinate to the Core Team and the Board of Trustees.
Officers are unpaid volunteers who have agreed to undertake a role in the organisation, usually bottom-lining a specific activity, such as heading up the Press Team or co-ordinating volunteers in a specific region. Officers are facilitative, rather than directive – they make sure that things are happening, rather than telling people what to do. They act as a point of contact for their area of responsibility. There may be more than one officer for the role that they hold, and any volunteer who wants to share their responsibilities can do so.
Local groups are satellite groups from the national body. Although the current ones are geographically based, this need not be the case, and we are open to Re:Vision local groups setting up anywhere someone is willing to support one. Local groups start up around a small group of enthusiastic drug law reform activists, who get in contact with other young people in their area, to find out their concerns and to try to make them aware of issues around drugs and drug policy, as well as developing projects based around their local knowledge. Local groups also participate fully in national campaigns, such as National Days of Action, and feed in what they have learned to the Core Team and other local groups about what has been working for them and what hasn”t, so the best results from every group can be shared across our Network. Local groups are autonomous but remain a key part of our national structure.
Working groups are nationally-based groups that work on specific projects for the National Network. They can be permanent, such as our Press and Media Team, or a one-off project (such as a group to organise a specific campaign or Day of Action). Working Groups are usually co-ordinated by a member of Core Team, whose responsibility is to make sure everything is going according to plan. Anyone can join them.