How we work
We believe young people have the right to reach adulthood.
Many of us take for granted that we’ll have happy, easy lives, but this is not the case for everyone.
We aren’t here to draw attention to our differences, but find ways to celebrate how we can come together and create a safer society.
Here at Minus Violence, we do this through intervention work in schools, communities and organisations, running programmes and workshops for young people, communities and those that work with them.
That’s why we work nationally across the UK to fight the spread of hate and fear by promoting a message of peace and understanding.
Communities that witness violence or live adjacent to violence have all the motivation they need to help find a solution.
That’s why we have a diverse range of programmes for young people and those working with them. Some of the areas we cover in workshop format are:
- Online Harm
- Offline Harm
- Race, Identity, Diversity, and Equity
- Teaching Peace and Tolerance
- Safeguarding Faith Communities
- Radicalisation and extremism
All our content and courses are trauma-informed to ensure we safeguard the young minds we work with, offering the support and guidance needed.
If you’d like to find out more about any of our workshops, please get in touch with us.
We believe that education is the key to helping end youth violence and conflict by providing young people with the opportunity to avoid it.
We have a range of workshops and programmes to do this, including:
Our Secondary School and Primary School Programme: School Aged Violence Education (S.A.V.E)
The S.A.V.E programme is a full violence reduction package informed by our expertise. It covers school assemblies, enrichment days, intense 1:1 supervision for at-risk pupils, parenting workshops, and teacher training. The content covers the UK’s current most harmful issues for young people: country lines drug trafficking, gangs, serious youth violence, racism, radicalisation, and extremism. All content can be tailored to each year group and is suitable for primary and secondary school aged children.
Our Secondary School and Primary School Programme: Vigilant
Our Vigilant workshop is a two-hour session designed for Secondary and Primary school pupils, curated to leave participants with an understanding of the negative reasons young people become involved in violence, how social media can be used to groom young people into racism, radicalisation and extremism, and the importance of building resilience and staying safe.
Our Key Stage 2 Only Programme:
Teach Peace is our Key Stage 2 programme to facilitate safe spaces for children, allowing them to have open conversations that can help them process things they see in the news, on social media, at home, or within their communities.
We want to create a safe space for children to discuss issues they may struggle to process and give them the tools to process what happens in the world around them.
We work with some amazing people to spread our message of anti-violence while empowering today’s youth. If you would like to work in partnership to reach young people, and shape the youth of the future, please get in touch.
Culture and community is what shapes us as individuals. Our Safeguarding Faith Communities programme looks to address the issues that can cause violence in the first place. That way, everyone becomes responsible for looking out for each other. This isn’t a one-off project or a short-term solution. We want to inspire real change in the decades to come, as well as in the here and now.
Safeguarding Faith Communities
We promote a message of peace and understanding, no matter your creed, colour or background. Our faith informed workshop is designed to provide faith groups with the support and guidance they need in order to support and guide those who trust them.
No matter what faith a person belongs to, it can be easy to misinterpret a text, or to develop a warped understanding of a religion. Working to help understand how this can happen and what to do if it does is a vital part of our mission.
We’re passionate about safeguarding young people from racism, radicalisation, and extremism. But we’re also aware they affect people of all ages throughout their lives. For this reason, we’ve expanded our programme of workshops to organisations and businesses looking to provide sessions to support their staff inside and outside work.
This could mean talking to people about how they can start a dialogue and support colleagues, but also beyond that within their communities, friends, and family.
If you’d like to find out more about how we can support you or your organisation, please get in touch with us here.