Charity: Alternatives to Violence Project, Britain
AVP Britain is a national charity delivering weekend workshops to help people find ways of handling conflict without using, or being the victim of, violence in any of its many forms. The workshops draw on people’s own experiences, and definitions of violence, and use group exercises, activities and discussions, to explore non-violent ways of working with conflict. The workshops are facilitated by trained volunteers, and aim to develop and strengthen: • Listening and communication skills • Self-esteem and affirmation of others • Trust of self and others • Self-awareness and empowerment • Awareness of personal choice and responsibility • Respect and empathy • Cooperation and community building • Problem solving and conflict resolution In Britain, AVP workshops are delivered in a number of different settings including prisons, in partnership with other organisations, and in the general community. Whilst the setting, format and workshop participants might differ, the aims of the workshop remain the same.