Alternatives to Violence Project
The Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) run programmes for anyone who wants to find ways of resolving conflict without resorting to violence. They run workshops, and a distance learning programme for prisoners. Each year, around 700 prisoners enrol on the course, and by the middle of 2021, more than 6,250 participants in almost 150 prisons around Britain had enrolled in total. Over 95% of those who complete it say that they had become better at handling conflict and solving problems.
‘Alternatives to violence was the beginning of all what I am today. It aided my intention to change and I am very grateful’. (Participant, HMP Swaleside, October 2020)
A grant from the Company helped provide funding for ‘Facing Up to Conflict’ (FUTC), this is AVP’s distance-learning conflict resolution programme for prisoners. FUTC has achieved wide recognition within the prison service, and Offender Supervisors regularly request that their charges be enrolled. One manager, at HMP The Mount, wrote:
… they found this incredibly useful, it gave them structure to their weeks, something to focus on and achieve that was helping them work towards their sentence plan. Having something to focus on has also helped with prisoners’ mental health. It has given individuals an outlet to write down their frustrations and reflect on these in a way that is constructive.