Volunteer with us

Train with us

Do you want to help others improve their lives, and enhance your own person-to-person skills at the same time? Training as an AVP Volunteer Facilitator might be for you.

‘The skills and confidence that I gained from becoming an AVP facilitator have helped me enormously, both in my personal and professional life.’ (AVP facilitator)
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What do facilitators do?

AVP volunteer facilitators lead workshops which help people find peaceful ways of resolving conflict. We work with people affected by anger, conflict and violence, whether they see themselves as victims, aggressors, or both. A facilitator’s role is to make it easier for a group to work together. You don’t need to have any specific knowledge or experience; AVP will help train and support you.

‘Working as an AVP facilitator is fun, it helps me develop my own skills, and challenges me to use the transforming power we can all share.’ (AVP facilitator)
AVP workshop participants

How do I become a facilitator?

Step One

Workshop participation

Before you can help facilitate a group workshop you need be comfortable with your own issues around violence. You would normally take part in three AVP workshops as a participant yourself, including at least one at Level Two.

Step Two

Self-assessment

Once you have expressed an interest in training as an AVP facilitator, and participated in three AVP workshops, you will be asked to complete a self-assessment questionnaire. This will help you to think about the qualities required of an AVP facilitator, and to assess your own skills and strengths. You will discuss your responses with an experienced facilitator. You will then be recommended either to proceed to facilitator training, or to participate in further workshops before continuing with this training.

Step Three

Facilitator Training

An AVP facilitator-training workshop will help you develop your skills in leading workshop exercises, evaluating responses, working as part of a team, and increase your understanding of the AVP approach. You will be guided by experienced facilitators, and supported in facilitating exercises and working with a group.

Step Four

Apprenticeship

If you successfully complete your training, you will qualify as an apprentice facilitator. This allows you to work as part of a workshop team, in which you will be supported in presenting exercises effectively. Your team of co-facilitators will offer feedback to help your development.

AVP workshop participants

How will I be supported by AVP?

  • You will be offered opportunities for further training and development
  • You will choose a mentor for guidance and support
  • All facilitator expenses are reimbursed
  • All AVP facilitators are covered by insurance

What does AVP expect me to offer?

  • To facilitate at least 2 workshops a year
  • To support the development of fellow facilitators
  • Confidentiality for workshop participants and your co-facilitators

Where can I facilitate workshops?

  • At community workshops across the UK
  • In prisons and young offender institutes
  • In partnership with other organisations, such as mental health charities, homeless organisations and universities
  • In over 40 countries worldwide

Take the next step

For further information about becoming a facilitator please email us or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.

london-southeast@avpbritain.org.uk
020 7324 4757

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Workshop dates

2019
Level 1 26/27 January
Level 1 23/24 February
Level 1 30/31 March
Level 2 27/28 April
Level 1 25/26 May
Level 1 29/30 June
Level 1 28/29 September
Level 2 26/27 October
Level 1 30/01 Nov/Dec

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From a Participant

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Before, I would panic if I was somewhere busy, thinking if someone banged into me, even just accidentally, I would want to punish them. Now I am calmer, kinder and a much better person. I am nothing special and anyone can change to better themselves. I would urge anyone to do a course with AVP, as I did.