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Nonviolence in Communities Workshops

AVP workshops empowered over 1,700 participants with skills to handle conflict nonviolently and improve relationships. Over 100 former workshop participants (including former prisoners) facilitate AVP workshops because they are dedicated to sharing these invaluable skills within their communities.

1 April 2012-31 March 2013

Charity information: Alternatives to Violence Project Britain

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  • Need


    The UK is twice as violent as the average industrialised country. Violence in the home, on the street, and within prisons is rooted in conflict over unmet needs. Everyone experiences conflict and can become a perpetrator or victim of violence. However, AVP recognises that everyone is capable of developing skills for handling conflict nonviolently and improving relationships. Through AVP workshops, individuals are supported in exploring their needs and better methods of managing conflict.


    Our low-cost workshops are readily accessible and relevant to all with a focus on experiential learning and practical skills training. In AVP workshops, participants improve their self-esteem, self-awareness, communication skills, trust and cooperation, sense of own values, and skills for handling conflict (as self-reported by 90% of participants). This positive transformation enables participants to improve relationships and share their skills of handling conflict nonviolently in communities.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Support nonviolent communities in Scotland and the North of England


    » Develop AVP’s regional structures in Scotland and the North of England
    » Hire a part-time regional coordinator for Scotland
    » Develop new partnerships with community agencies supporting, young offenders, ex-offenders, people with enduring mental health problems, and veterans

    What success will look like

    The number of completing participants increases nationally by 25%, from 396 in 2009-10 to 495 in 2011-1. Five new partnerships are developed with relevant community agencies.

    Aim 2

    Reach more people with quality workshops


    » Maintain current high rates of participants satisfaction and continue supporting participants in developing skills in handling conflict.
    » Provide a long-distance nonviolence course for prisoners and others who are unable to reach workshops

    What success will look like

    Workshop participants report rates of: >95% satisfaction, 99% recommendations, and >90% progress on the core non-violence conditions. 20 people complete the long-distance course.

    Aim 3

    Increase support for new volunteer facilitators


    » Support our regional coordinators in recruiting new volunteer facilitators
    » Establish a new volunteer development scheme

    What success will look like

    We recruit 15 new volunteer facilitators, including 8 from disadvantaged groups. We have a mentoring system with training/guidance, facilitator self-assessment and a new Handbook.

  • Impact


    People from disadvantaged groups will be supported to manage conflict well and build good relationships as demonstrated through their report rates. The facilitator training will build transferable skills for participants to use in their own community’s benefit. These skills will be utilised for facilitating successful workshops. We will also improve the quality of our work and our financial sustainability. This will be evident through our workshop evaluations and financial records.


    If we cannot hire a regional coordinator for Scotland due to lack of funds, capacity will remain limited, but volunteers will continue delivering workshops. The long-distance course is new and will develop according to the feedback received from our first participants to ensure high completion rates. New facilitators from more marginalised groups have traditionally been more difficult to recruit, but the extra support from our new volunteer development scheme should address this problem.


    Funders of this project will receive annual reports upon request, detailing our successes throughout the year, what we have learned, and our future project plans. Larger funders will also receive recognition within our annual report and all donors will receive a letter of thanks.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £196,994

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      Amount Heading Description
      £112,181 Conflict workshops Hold conflict workshops across the UK for 495 completing participants and develop new partnerships
      £51,341 Volunteer training and support Continue providing support to over 100 volunteers and provide training to 15 new facilitators
      £16,779 Quality improvement Roll out OCN accredited courses throughout the UK, monitor facilitator and participant evaluations
      £16,693 Nonviolence awareness Distribute new materials, develop relationship with patron, media engagement, and consultations

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust £13,500 Guaranteed
    CB and HH Taylor Trust £1,000 Guaranteed
    The Sir James Reckitt Charity £3,000 Guaranteed
    Robertson Trust £10,000 Conditional
    Lloyds TSB Charitable FoundationLloyds TSB Charitable Foundation £6,722 Guaranteed
    G M Morrison £1,000 Guaranteed
    Flapjack Trust £3,695 Guaranteed
  • Background


    Our weekend workshops (16-18hrs) are organised by our 6 regional offices and run in communities throughout Britain. We also run workshops in partnership with branches of Mind and within the criminal justice system. Recently, we developed a new Nonviolent Relationships course book for people who are unable to access our workshops (i.e. outside our region or in prison). We are also expanding our capacity in Scotland and the North of England, increasing workshop access to the most marginalised.


    Our participants come from diverse, mostly disadvantaged backgrounds. 20% of participants are referred by solicitors, the probation service or GPs, 25% from community agencies and about 10% are in prison. Others refer themselves, typically on the personal recommendations of others. 15-20% of participants have experience of domestic violence. Most participants have difficulties managing anger or live with people who do, and many are suffering from relationship breakdowns.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    AVP's effective approach to addressing violence began in 1975 with the vision of prisoners wanting to help youth stay out of jail. Now communities in over 50 countries have organised AVP workshops on handling conflict non-violently. Our workshops are delivered by volunteers, all former workshop participants, who are dedicated to sharing their conflict resolutions skills with others. We are unique in providing low-cost highly-accessible workshops due to our strong volunteer and community base.

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    Over 100 AVP Volunteers (Including 7 Prisoners)

    Our volunteers direct AVP by acting as regional coordinators, board members, committee members, fundraisers, mentors, and workshop facilitators.

    AVP Workshop Participants

    Our workshops depend on participants contributing their own experiences and perspective to develop their skills in nonviolent conflict resolution.


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