Alternatives to Violence Workshops

What is an AVP 'workshop'?

“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 for yourself.” (Workshop participant)

AVP workshops are not like school or college. There are no teachers, and no right and wrong. Led by trained facilitators, participants learn from each other, and through their own experiences. We use small group exercises, activities, discussions and role-plays, which draw on real-life situations. Our workshops are friendly and fun, and everyone is made welcome.

In London, our workshops run for two days: Saturdays 10am – 6pm and Sundays 10am – 5pm. There are usually 8-12 participants (minimum 18 years of age), and two or three AVP facilitators. At the end of the workshop, all participants are awarded a certificate of achievement.

Light refreshments are provided; participants normally bring their own lunch, or bring food to share. You don't need to bring anything else.

AVP workshop participants

What kinds of workshops can I do?

We run two types of workshop to help people manage anger, handle conflict and violence, and build better relationships.

Level One

Essential skills

Level One workshops deal with essential skills and help you to:

  • Believe in yourself, and respect and value other people
  • Build trust, work well with others, and develop better relationships
  • Communicate effectively, including listening to others, and speaking up for yourself
  • Handle conflict, manage anger, and find solutions to problems
Level Two

Further skills

Level Two workshops explore conflict, emotions and relationships in more depth, while building on the skills developed in a Level One workshop. Usually the participants co-operate to choose the theme of a Level Two workshop.

Participants may attend as many workshops as they choose. Some train to become volunteer group facilitators themselves.

What’s the cost?

We charge £100 for your first workshop, or £160 for two workshops booked together. The fee is £80 for every other workshop you take. If you are unwaged, the fee is £30. If you can’t afford this, please contact us. We try to make sure no-one is excluded because of cost.

Where do I go?

London workshops take place at The Brick Yard (formerly The Grayston Centre) Charles Square, London N1 6HT. We are five minutes’ walk from Old Street tube station, in Shoreditch.

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How do I book?

You can complete our booking form, email us, or give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.
020 7324 4757

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Workshop dates

Level 1 8 Sept - 13 Oct - Evening Online
Level 1 24 - 25 Sept - In Person
Level 1 20 Oct - 24 Nov - Evening Online
Level 2 27 Oct - 1 Dec - Evening Online
Level 1 26 - 27 Nov - In Person

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From a Participant

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.