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Nonviolent Training for Community Leaders

AVP empowers individuals to handle conflict nonviolently in workshops throughout Britain, ultimately leading to safer communities. Through our training program, former workshop participants develop skills to facilitate workshops in their communities, supporting others to build better relationships

January 2013 - December 2013

Charity information: Alternatives to Violence Project Britain

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  • Need


    The UK is twice as violent as the average industrialised country. An estimated 21% of people in Britain have suffered abuse from a family member. Violence can lead to mental health problems, social isolation, and the deterioration of communities. Unfortunately, people who suffer from violence sometimes do not develop skills to handle conflict nonviolently. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse are often interlinked, equally destructive, and can lead people into a cycle of violence.


    Community leaders will support people to handle conflict nonviolently and improve relationships by facilitating workshops throughout Britain. Our training programme is only open to former workshop participants, with those from disadvantaged backgrounds prioritised. Through this training, participants will help create safer communities while gaining new facilitation and leadership skills and further developing their self-esteem, interpersonal skills, and ability to handle conflict effectively.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide facilitator training to more people from disadvantaged backgrounds


    » Develop 5 new partnerships with relevant organisations
    » Increase the number of people completing workshops by 25%
    » Support regional coordinators with new resources to recruit participants from diverse backgrounds

    What success will look like

    15 new volunteer facilitators, including 8 from disadvantaged groups, will participate in at least 45 workshops on handling conflict nonviolently in their local communities.

    Aim 2

    Help develop skills that are invaluable for our participants and provide ongoing support


    » Provide intensive practical facilitator training sessions in which participants develop supportive relationships through group activities
    » Offer a mentoring scheme and apprenticeships for new facilitators to benefit from the knowledge and support of experienced facilitators
    » Regularly provide workshops for developing specific skills related to facilitation and handling conflict nonviolently
    » Monitor and develop our training and support through training evaluations, ongoing facilitator self-assessments, and volunteer surveys

    What success will look like

    Volunteer facilitators will participate in our development opportunities and grow from their experience as evidenced through their evaluations

    Aim 3

    Improve the quality of our workshops


    » Hold annual gatherings for facilitators to exchange ideas, further develop skills, identify issues, and develop effective strategies
    » Develop our materials and methods by monitoring each workshop through both participant and facilitator evaluations
    » Develop thorough written guidance about all the opportunities available through the training programme and create a new comprehensive Handbook
    » Tailor workshops to meet the specific needs of people, particularly those from disadvantaged groups

    What success will look like

    98% of participants will rate workshops well and 92% will report improvements in self-esteem, awareness, communication skills, cooperation, and ability to manage conflict.

  • Impact


    The training program will enable community leaders to develop a nonviolent society by supporting individuals improve their interpersonal skills and ability to handle conflict effectively. Workshop evaluations demonstrate the positive impact workshops have on participants. We will also support new volunteers to facilitate more workshops within their local communities.


    We have found that reaching people from disadvantaged backgrounds can prove difficult. We are developing new partnerships and outreach materials for recruiting potential community leaders from disadvantaged backgrounds. We are also enhancing the training and support for volunteer facilitators.


    Donors will first receive a letter of acknowlegement, thanking them for their donation. Donors who provide over £100 will receive an annual report detailing our accomplishments, lessons, and future plans.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £17,817

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,287 National Gathering Annual gathering for volunteers to partake in the community, share skills, and continue training
      £9,110 Workshop Costs Facilitator travel, accomodation, room hire, and materials
      £1,420 Marketing and Outreach Pamphlets, partnership building, and handbooks

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £500 Guaranteed
  • Background


    AVP was envisioned by prisoners in New York, determined to prevent more young men from being locked up. Since its beginnings in 1975, AVP has formed from communities wanting to address violence in over 50 countries worldwide. AVP Britain was established in 1989 and we now provide workshops throughout Britain in communities and prisons. Our facilitator training sessions take place in different locations throughout Britain and participants return to their local communities to support others.


    The majority of our workshop participants are from disadvantaged groups and this project will support more people from these groups to become community leaders. Developing skills for handling conflict nonviolently empowers individuals and benefits the wider community. Supporting people to develop additional skills as facilitators and become community leaders can increase the positive opportunities of these individuals while they help develop safer communities.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The AVP model has empowered individuals from different communities throughout the world with skills for handling conflict nonviolently and becoming community leaders. Our approach is uniquely non-directive and practical for people from a wide range of backgrounds who have both resorted to and been a victim of violence. We have trained hundreds of people in facilitation skills to become community leaders on handling conflict nonviolently and have developed a supportive network of volunteers.

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    Prisoner (Anonymous)

    He was inspired to become a workshop facilitator after his experience with AVP lead to dramatic positive changes in his ability to cope with conflict.


will support a new community leader's training

Before AVP, I had no desire or ability to handle any conflict. I switched from Jekyll to Hyde in a split second.

Anonymous participant