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Please note that our workshop programme has been suspended due to the coronavirus. We are developing an online version of our workshops - please contact keely@avpbritain.org.uk for further information. In the meantime, you may be eligible for our distance learning course.

Building Better Relationships

The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is for everyone who wants to handle conflict. Whether you have experienced conflict in the family, on the streets, in your workplace or somewhere else, an AVP workshop help you learn how to deal with it better.

Those who come to our workshops tell us they enjoy them and learn a lot about themselves.


“I think when the course finishes people will find they have a different outlook on life. Don’t take my word for it, try it yourself.”

AVP workshops/courses are not lectures. Participants learn from one another through group activities, discussion and role-play, drawing on real-life situations where conflict might happen, and exploring different ways to handle them. Light refreshments are provided and participants sometimes bring food to share.

We run two types of workshops: Level One and Level Two.

Level One helps with skills and attitudes for handling conflict, such as: understanding and believing in yourself, respecting others, communicating, and managing strong feelings like anger.

Level Two explores conflict, nonviolence and relationships in more depth while building on the skills developed in a Level One workshop. Usually the participants cooperate to choose the focus of the work in a Level Two workshop.
People may attend many workshops and some train as volunteer group facilitators.
AVP Yorkshire runs a monthly AVP community support event link and there is a distance-learning course for people in prison called Facing Up to Conflict.

“AVP was to be my turning point. There was no right answer – nor wrong ones. What pleased me more was that other people could see the changes I was making.”

Prison workshop participant

Workshop Fees
Workshop fees are charged on a sliding scale between £10 and £110 in accordance with the participant’s income.

“Excellent workshop, excellent value for money.”

Here are some more sources of information about AVP
What is AVP?
What Happens on an AVP workshop?
AVP Overview of Theory and Evidence

AVP workshops are non-residential. They mostly start either on a Friday evening (around 6pm) or on Saturday morning (around 9.30 am) and finish on Sunday (around 5pm).
In some areas workshops are run on a weekly or monthly basis and we run short taster courses.

“All parts were helpful. I've learnt new techniques and strategies to help with anger, aggression and violence etc.”

In AVP workshops, people draw on their own experiences to explore the conflicts in their lives, and find ways of dealing with anger, fear and violence or potential violence.

“Especially helpful: understanding anger and body language because I can start to understand where my anger comes from and deal with it rather than for it to just happen again.”

Participants learn new skills, which can help to:

  • Understand why conflict happens
  • Manage strong feelings such as anger
  • Build or rebuild good relationships with other people
  • Communicate well in difficult situations.
  • Be true to oneself while respecting other people

“I genuinely found all areas of the workshop facilitating for personal growth, and development of empathy and compassion.”

Problem solving exercise - Ashton, Tameside

Problem solving exercise - Ashton, Tameside

Book a place on a workshop

Our workshops enable you to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways.

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Find us

AVP London & South East

The Grayston Centre
28 Charles Square
N1 6HT

020 7324 4757


AVP North West

6 Mount St
M2 5NS

0161 832 3660


AVP Yorkshire

Ebor Court

0747 998 2703


AVP Scotland

AVP Scotland
Bath St
G2 4TB


AVP Wales

Website – http://www.avpwales.org.uk

Email: info@avpwales.org.uk

07763 459357 (Wales Regional Coordinator) 

07716 127099 (Wales Development Officer)