AVP(NSW) REPORT FOR 2004
AVP(NSW) in its thirteenth year continues to expand and develop.
In 2003-2004 AVP workshops have continued to be held in the
community, prisons and schools.
Three new AVP(NSW) initiatives provide exciting potential for expansion in the next year:
Sydney Community Group continues to run monthly workshops and provide
training for other groups
Blue Mountains Community Group is growing
Newcastle and Canberra Community Groups have been quiet this year with
facilitators and participants from these areas traveling to be involved
in other AVP groups
Prison Group continues regular workshops in a number of prisons. The current
focus is on the active programs in Bathurst and Lithgow Prisons where there
are strong groups of inmate facilitators
Schools HIP or Help Increase the Peace Group continue an active and innovative
program in a number of schools, mainly in Sydney. They also run 8-10 adult HIP
workshops per year for teachers and parents. So more teachers are either running
full HIP workshops or at least using AVP/HIP experiential group learning style
in their classrooms
Transforming Conflict workshops across TAFE are also continuing to expand
in all sorts of innovative ways.
Other AVP groups
A series of AVP interfaith workshops have started in partnership
with the Goodness and Kindness Program. The idea is to build community,
tolerance and links between the Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Christian
faith communities. The first couple of new facilitators are training
as facilitators. It is planned to expand these innovative AVP interfaith
workshops across NSW and other states. A video is planned to document
the program and the learnings from the initiative
Several AVP taster (mini) workshops were held in Redfern, Sydney
with the local community. It is hoped to expand these in the next
year. We are honoured by invitations for workshops from the NSW
Reconciliation Council and the Eora Aboriginal TAFE College at Redfern
Some new AVP facilitators from an indigenous community in Eden
are discussing the development of another AVP program.
AVP(NSW) facilitators continue to be involved in training with other
AVP groups in such places as Papua New Guinea and Queensland
A number of Australian AVP facilitators recently had the opportunity for
cross-fertilisation of skills and experiences with facilitators from
across the world at the 2004 AVP International Gathering in Auckland, NZ.
It is hoped to expand this exchange of ideas in the next few years.
AVP(NSW) REPORT FOR 2003
Alternatives to Violence Project AVP(NSW) continues to expand its delivery of
creative conflict transformation (nonviolence) workshops in New South Wales.
Local AVP groups in Sydney, Newcastle, Blue Mountains and Canberra continue
to provide a range of AVP workshops in the community, prisons and schools.
Highlights for 2003
The AVP-Australia website www.avp.org.au was developed to provide information
on AVP workshops throughout Australia
Workshops have been held in a number of prisons including Bathurst, Cessnock,
Oberon and Lithgow
Community workshops are held in Sydney and Newcastle - see the website for further details
School (Help Increase the Peace or HIPP workshops) workshops are held in Sydney and
Canberra. Sydney workshops are held in a number of schools mainly in the Port Jackson
District for students. Regular training programs for teachers and parents are also expanding
Interstate training. NSW facilitators are involved in training programs in Papua New Guinea,
Tasmania and Alice Springs
Thousands of NSW TAFE students have continued to benefit from nonviolence "Transforming Conflict"
workshops based on the nonviolent experiential learning styles used by AVP
Mini workshops have been held in conjunction with the National Council of Churches Decade of
Plans are underway for an AVP National Gathering in Sydney and an AVP International Gathering
in New Zealand in January 2004.
AVP(NSW) REPORT FOR 2002
AVP(NSW) in its tenth year has continued to expand and diversify its workshop activities. Local
groups in Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra and Katoomba continue to provide a range of AVP workshops.
Highlights for 2002 include:
Katoomba Group this year is providing workshops in John Moroney, Oberon, Lithgow,
Emu Plains and Bathurst Prisons
Sydney Community Group continues to provide 12-14 community workshops per year
Sydney HIPP (Help Increase the Peace Program) Group continues to provide HIPP workshops
for school students from years 0-12
Newcastle Group has focused on providing workshops in Cessnock Prison
Canberra Group has focused on providing HIPP workshops in schools.
The HIPP Group has been running workshops for students at risk for a number of years.
Over the last two years there have been many more workshops for 'mainstream' students.
A large program at Burwood Girls High has seen 300 Year 8 students participate in
Basic HIPP workshops. Many have completed Advanced HIPP workshops and this year,
for the first time in Australia, students were trained as HIPP facilitators
A program has been started in the Port Jackson educational area for teachers to train
as HIPP facilitators. Four workshops were held in the last six months
AVP(NSW) has continued to support the development of groups in other places like
Papua New Guinea, Alice Springs and Rockhampton. A group of people from Papua New Guinea
received AVP facilitator training in Sydney early in the year. During the year they have
held many successful AVP type workshops in PNG and are planning the training of more
facilitators in Sydney next year
The HIPP Group has provided HIPP training for teachers from Perth, Brisbane and Tasmania
The 2002 AVP-Australia National Gathering was held in Mt. Victoria. Facilitator training
included advanced skills in the facilitation of role play, debriefing and HIPP
Many thousands of TAFE students throughout NSW have benefited from nonviolence
"Transforming Conflict" workshops based on the nonviolent experiential learning
styles used by AVP.