Frequently Asked Questions

What is the structure of community workshop?
They are non-residential. They start either on a Friday evening (around 6pm) or on Saturday morning (around 9.30 am) and finish on Sunday (around 5pm).

There are frequent refreshment breaks and a 1-hour lunch break on both Saturday and Sunday.
In some areas workshops are run on a weekly or monthly basis and we run short taster courses.

I am not violent, but I would like to improve my relationships. Is the workshop right for me?

Yes. Not everyone who comes on a workshop has been physically violent. Some people want to make changes in their lives and learn new skills to help improve their relationships.

Do I need to pay for an AVP Workshop?

Generally, yes. AVP is mainly funded by grants and private donations. While these funds help subsidise participation costs, they do not fully cover them. The nominal workshop fee therefore helps to keep AVP workshops going.
If you are in full time employment, the workshop fee is approximately £110.
If you are employed part-time or you are unemployed, please contact us to discuss fee reductions.
We do not turn anyone away. If you cannot afford to pay, please contact us as we do not wish lack of funds to prevent your coming.

My social worker/probation officer/court official says I MUST attend an AVP workshop in order to be granted freedom to see my children or family, or as part of my parole. Do I need to attend the workshop?

AVP believes that people should attend workshops voluntarily and that no one should be forced to attend against their will.
AVP workshops are run for people who want to make changes in the way they handle conflict. If you would like to be able to see your children or family, this workshop may help you to view your situation in a different way, and take positive steps to make change happen. As we say in AVP - ‘the more you put in, the more you get out.’ So, please try to come with an open mind!

I don’t know if AVP is right for me, what should I do?

If you’re unsure about the format of the workshops, you can find out a little more here. If you would like to know more about what AVP aims to do, you can learn more here.

A major aspect of AVP workshops is self-care, and participants are encouraged to think about ways of caring for themselves, to keep themselves safe during the workshop.

If you are at risk of self-harm or your mental health condition causes you to feel out of control, please call us and we will discuss ways that you can take care of yourself before the workshop.

Do I need to be able to read and write to take part in the workshop?

No, learning happens through everyone’s individual experiences. We learn through hands-on exercises and cooperative games. Workshops are not lectures, they are fun. We can support you with any reading or writing that is done during the workshop.
Although we cannot give everyone individual attention our aim is to be accessible and we always try to use an approach that uses different ways of working, not just reading and writing, so we hope you will feel comfortable and able to participate.

Is this an Anger Management Course?

Participants in AVP workshops who have previously attended anger management courses told us that AVP’s approach to anger is very different to anger management courses. They said that AVP offers a gentler and less intrusive approach to assisting people to recognise and understand their anger. AVP does not ask participants to share their individual experiences of anger. Instead, we assist participants to understand that anger is a natural response to difficult situations which may need to be changed. During workshops, we discuss the differences between anger, conflict and violence.

Is this a Perpetrator Course?

No, whilst AVP workshops do attract people who have in the past used violence to solve problems and wish to change their lives, AVP is open to all people who wish to learn creative and nonviolent ways to resolve conflict. In a typical workshop, there are usually people from a variety of backgrounds. This diversity usually adds richness to the workshop where skills and experiences are shared.

I would like to become a facilitator, how can I do this?

To express your interest in becoming a facilitator, please contact us here.
To become a facilitator, you will need to:
Attend 2 x Level 1 workshops as a participant.
Attend 1 x Level 2 workshop as a participant.
Attend our specialist T4F –Training for Facilitators programme.
Once you complete our T4F programme, you will become an apprentice facilitator for 3 workshops. A mentor will also support you.

I have a criminal record, but have found that AVP an important part of living a positive life. Could I become a volunteer?

Yes. All volunteers are required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check or, in Scotland, Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check. We encourage people with previous criminal convictions to discuss the possibility of volunteering with us.