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Reasons to Stay Alive

Reasons to Stay Alive, by Matt Haig – A book review by AVP Scotland Volunteer, Mary Kennedy I picked up this book recently from a charity shop. It caught my eye with its title and came with plenty of recommendations including, on it’s back cover Jo Brand’s ‘A really good read and essential to our… Read More »

AVP Scotland gains Investing in Volunteers award

Following a very comprehensive application process, including interviews with a number of AVP volunteers, we were delighted to be given the Investing in Volunteers award by the UK Volunteering Forum. Volunteers aren’t just important to AVP Scotland – they are the very lifeblood of our organisation. This award recognises how much we value our volunteers – from clear and… Read More »

Bringing AVP to Bargeddie

AVP Scotland are currently running taster workshops in and around Coatbridge in North Lanarkshire, with full three day workshops scheduled for June 30th – July 2nd and in the Autumn. There are FREE places available on the full workshops for people who live in Coatbridge – to find out more or to book contact

Trauma Consciousness and Resilience (TCR) Workshops

Maji Peterx is offering a series of three Trauma Consciousness and Resilience workshops, open to AVP facilitators, lay counsellors, people working with traumatized people and anyone interested in Trauma literacy.  Like other AVP workshops, each one will last about two and a third days.   These workshops should enable participants to become more conscious of their… Read More »

Learning about Alternatives to Violence in Motherwell

November 30th saw three volunteer facilitators from AVP Scotland lead a short taster workshop at Well Cafe in Motherwell Baptist Church. Participants gave them a spontaneous round of applause to thank them. The next taster workshops is on Wednesday December 14th in the run up to the next level one workshop in Motherwell in January.… Read More »

What is AVP?

In this video, Pat Hardy, an AVP facilitator in California, speaks about how AVP gives people tools they can use to change themselves and our violent society. An excellent introduction to AVP – and also a great way to revisit some of the key AVP concepts.

Volunteers Celebration Lunch

Our first Peer Networking day for our facilitators went well – we celebrated the end of our VAF funding year – with an all you can eat buffet in Glasgow. If you missed this event don’t worry -we’ll do another ‘get together’ for our volunteers later in the year.  

Paul – one of our newest facilitators – made the news!

Hardman to mentor: One prison workshop changed violent ex-marine’s life – and now he wants to help others do the same   Ex-prisoner Paul Thompson, who is now a peer educator BY ANNA BURNSIDE Read more at PAUL Thompson did a stint in Addiewell on an assault charge but his life changed after he… Read More »