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Please note that due to the coronavirus restrictions, we have now moved our Facing up to Conflict services online.

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; AVP is here to help you learn how to deal with conflict and build better relationships.

We have three available services at AVP that are different in their delivery but have the same core building blocks – meaning we have something for everyone:

Facing up to Conflict Workshops - Level 1 & 2

Fun and interactive online workshops that are 16-18 hours long, hosted on Zoom, every Saturday for 4 weeks.

For more info and to book click here: Bookings

Facing up to Conflict Distance Learning:

Delivered via email, every week for 6 weeks: More info

“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 are currently running online; they will run both online and in person again after covid-19 restrictions lift.

AVP workshops are not lectures. Participants learn from one another through online group activities, discussion and role-play, drawing on real-life situations where conflict might happen, and exploring different ways to handle them - and we run two levels:

Level One - A fun, interactive, online workshop, where you will learn how to make friends with conflict and communicate better. You will develop the skills you need to; face up to conflict, build better relationship, understand and believe in yourself, respecting others, communicate well, and manage strong feelings like anger.

Level Two – A fun, interactive and online workshop, where you will connect on a deeper level, exploring 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 multiple workshops and some train as volunteer facilitators, we have regular training for this – please look at our AVP Services Calendar for more info.

“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

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

Currently, we run our online workshops over 4 weekends, in 2 x 2 hour sessions each week, with a lunch break in between sessions.

Mid-week and evening workshops are being developed, look out for updates on the website. 

“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

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

Find us

The Grayston Centre
28 Charles Square
N1 6HT

020 7324 4757