What happens at a workshop?
AVP Workshops are currently running online; after covid-19 restrictions lift they will both run online and in person
Facing up to Conflict 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.
When people come to workshops they sometimes feel nervous as they do not know what to expect, but by the end most will feel positive as they will have learnt; new ways of communicating, cooperating with others and find new strategies for handling conflict more skilfully.
People may attend multiple workshops and some train as volunteer facilitators, we have regular training for this – please look at the 'Workshop List' for more details.
Workshop dates and times
We currently run workshops for 16-18 hours, over 4 weeks on Saturday’s. You will attend 2 sessions each week, with a lunch break in the middle. We will be running some mid-week and evening workshops too, so please make sure to check the 'Workshop List' for dates and timings.
Workshop fees are charged on a sliding scale between £30 and £100 in accordance with the participant’s income – please speak to us about the fee, as we never turn anyone away if they cannot afford it.
Workshop exercises gradually develop skills in relating to others and finding practical ways of resolving conflict. We call these ‘building blocks’ as they are the foundations of good communication, and are built on throughout the weekend
A lot of the learning happens through humour, and through sharing experiences with the other participants, who are present because they want to make changes in their lives. They want to find alternative ways of handling anger and violent behaviour or communicating better with the important people in their lives.
Many people find that they have learned new things about themselves, and they leave feeling positive with a sense of themselves and their value, with practical things to try when faced with conflict in their lives.
Where do participants come from?
Participants are drawn from all walks of life. What links them is the desire to make changes in the way they handle conflict. They attend for different reasons:
- They may be experiencing difficulties in their relationships
- They may have experienced violence and hate crime
- They may have a difficult job in the care and health industries
- They may be referred by a social worker or probation officer
- They may have heard about AVP from their GP
- They may wish to make changes in their lives, for example, after the breakdown in a relationship or following release from prison.
- They may wish to understand more about how they respond to conflict and to explore ways of changing old habits
“I usually walk away from workshops - here I have stayed”