The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) is a training programme enabling participants to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Workshops are non-residential, run by our trained facilitators and experiential (not based on lectures).

Our workshops use the shared experience of participants, interactive exercises, games and role-plays to examine the ways in which we respond to situations where injustice, prejudice, frustration and anger can lead to aggressive behaviour and violence.

An AVP workshop can help you to:

  • manage strong feelings such as anger and fear
  • deal more effectively with risk and danger
  • build good relationships with other people
  • communicate well in difficult situations
  • recognise the skills you already have and learn new ones
  • be true to yourself while respecting other people
  • understand why conflict happens

Currently most of our workshops take place in prison and are run by inmates and outsiders: in Mountjoy, the Dochás Center, Wheatfield and Cloverhill prisons in  Dublin, Castlerea, Shelton Abbey, Cork, Portlaoise, Loughan house and Limerick prisons.

Here is a video about work:

We are always looking for facilitators to be trained to run our workshops in prisons and communities throughout the country. If you're interested, contact us at info@avpireland.ie

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