The core business of Alternatives to Violence are the workshops. AVP was introduced into prisons in Ireland just under 20 years ago and it is estimated that over 2,200 inmates have had an opportunity to go through the Basic, Second Level, male awareness and T4F workshops.
AVP Ireland is a company with Charitable Status. We do not have offices and are at present entirely dependent on volunteers. It is our hope in the future to have an office so that there can be an administrative base and a place to run more community workshops as well providing a drop-in place for AVP facilitators who have come from prison.
Workshops in 2015.
The following weekend workshops were undertaken in 2015
Wheatfield prison - 11
Casterlrea prison - 5
Dochas - 1
Cloverhill prison - 1
Community - 3
Total: 21 workshops.
Workshops have on average 14 to 20 participants plus the AVP facilitation team of 4.
Workshops were very successful on the overall. In Wheatfield prison where AVP is well implemented, the demand is hight.
It wasn't possible to run workshops in Mountjoy this year, because of an internal dispute between prison officers and administration.
Plans for 2016.
We aim to undertake the following in 2016:
- Appoint a part time coordinator and continue monthly planning meetings
- Run at least 20 workshops in the prisons and additional workshops in the community. Implement AVP in Cloverhill prison - with the help of Wheatfield Prison inside facilitators - and in Midlands prison.
- Introduce AVP in Juvenile prisons and in schools in partnership with Tallagh West Childhood Development Initiative
- Invest in Research & Development with a view to building a more sustainable organization for Ireland within the international context.
- Collaborate with European colleagues in applying for European funding