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Power Shift: Training for Change 2018

A five day training open to all young people who want to shift power from big business and elites to people who believe that another world is possible.

27 June - 1 July at Giant's Seat Scout and Community Campsite, Off Ringley Road West, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1DY

2018 has been a year of struggle. University staff took part in the largest strike in UK higher education history, fighting for fair pensions. Communities and anti-fracking campaigners have been resisting at the frontline of fossil fuel extraction. Over 100 women in Yarls Wood detention centre went on hunger strike to protest inhumane conditions of migrants in detention.

In all of these struggles, students have played a crucial role of solidarity - standing shoulder to shoulder with their lecturers, putting their bodies on the line to stop fracking and fasting in support of detainees.

Students have also been organising in response to the complicity of universities in injustice. They’ve pushed over 60 universities divest from fossil fuels, persuaded more than 50 institutions to take action on sweatshops in their supply chains, and taken action to decolonise their universities - from the curriculum to links with the border industry.

All of these struggles are responding to the dominant political and economic forces of our time. Over the last decade, we’ve seen governments and elites push cuts to public services, welfare support and education. We’ve also seen racist rhetoric and policies leading to the creation of a “hostile environment” for migrants, and the expansion of fossil fuel extraction internationally which would lock us into a future of runaway climate change.

But as we’ve seen, students have the power to fight back against this. Power Shift - Training for Change is your opportunity to learn how.

Over the 5 days of this participatory training you will:

Organise to win! Get the tools you need to channel your passion to fight injustice.

Join a network of student organisers! Get to know and learn from some of the most inspiring student organisers across Europe.

Explore the root causes of local and global injustice! It’s only by tackling the root cause of an issue that we will create lasting change.

Shape national campaigns! Feed into our national campaign strategy for our Sweatshop Free and Undoing Borders.  

Tickets & funding

Ticket Price

Prices including breakfast, lunch and dinner for 5 days, and are often funded by Student Unions (see below for more information)

  • Early Bird Tickets: £42
    Purchase your ticket by Friday 1 June to get your discounted early bird ticket for £42
  • Full Price: £50

Weekend and day tickets may become available after 1 June, dependent on availability.

People & Planet heavily subsidises tickets to Power Shift. The actual costs of the event person is about £250. Your ticket contribution will go towards food costs, venue hire, awesome speakers and workshop facilitators as well as for a few post-it notes, markers and flip chart papers (and we get through a lot!). Bring cash, drinks and snacks.

People & Planet aspires to create events that are accessible for people of all backgrounds. We recognise the systemic injustices that contribute to a person's economic status and don't want anyone's financial situation to be a barrier to participating in Power Shift.  That's why, if you fail to get funding from the SU, we have limited funds to subsidise tickets and travel for people who wouldn't otherwise be able to attend.

If you are struggling to find the money for the ticket and travel to attend Power Shift, please contact us at powershift@peopleandplanet.org

Get funding from you SU

You can apply to your Student's Union to get money for tickets and travel for you and other members in your group. Here is a handy guide that explains how to do it.


How to get to the site

This year, we'll be setting up at the fabulous Giant's Seat Scout and Community Campsite, Off Ringley Road West, Radcliffe, Manchester, M26 1DY. If you are driving please contact us to book parking and you can't drive on to site.

Take the train to Manchester Piccadilly station.

  1. From there you'll need to take a the tram to Radcliffe (line 4 to Bury),

  2. Followed by a bus (no. 512 direction Royal Bolton Hospital) from Radcliffe Tram Station stop D to Outwood, opposite Wood St. on Ringley Road West. If the bus driver has not heard of Wood St (this happened to me!) tell them it's near the Ringley Car Sales garage on Ringley Road West.

  3. From the Wood St. stop follow white Power Shift signs, it's just a short 10 min walk through the woods to the Giant Seat's Campsite.


There is no bus service after 6.45pm from Radcliffe to the site. Please make sure you plan your travel to arrive before this time, or be prepared to walk to the site!

If you have any problems getting to the site, our mobile number for the entire event is 07908 066 460. Make sure to save it in your phone before setting off!


The event runs from Wednesday 27 June to Sunday 1 July. Arrivals are from 4pm on Wednesday evening. We have a welcome session starting at 6pm on Wednesday, so you’ll have plenty of time to get settled, set up your camp for the week and get to know a few people! We recommend arriving on Wednesday evening to meet everyone over dinner and games!

We’ll be packing up our tents from 1pm on Sunday, with the event ending at around 4pm on Sunday after an exciting action in Manchester!


Most of the accommodation space at the event is camping, so bring a tent, sleeping bag, roll mat and anything else you need to feel comfortable!

The venue has a limited amount of dormitory space available, and we will have a dormitory designated solely for women and non-binary people. We want to prioritise those with access needs for our dormitory accommodation. Access needs could include, but are not limited: physical, mental or cultural.

If you want to apply for dormitory space, please write to us at powershift@peopleandplanet.org


Power Shift is fully catered, with breakfast, lunch and dinner all included in the ticket price. The food at the event is all vegetarian, with vegan and gluten-free options available. Bring a bit of extra cash for snacks and drinks! When booking, do let us know if you have any dietary requirements we should cater for.


The site is accessible, and we will seek to make reasonable adjustments for anyone who has concerns about site access. To discuss this in more detail, please contact us at powershift@peopleandplanet.org.

What to bring

  • Tent, roll mat and sleeping bag
  • Hay fever tablets (it's a field -there's lots of grass) and any other medications needed
  • Torch
  • Warm clothes and waterproofs
  • Summer clothes, sun hat and sun-cream
  • Pen and paper
  • Soap and towel (hot showers are available)
  • Musical instruments for the evening and our legendary talent show!
  • Cash for the tuck shop: delicious snacks and drinks available
  • Print out of directions to the site and our mobile phone number (this will be emailed to all attendees)
  • A talent for our infamous annual talent show
  • Any skills, strategies or ideas you want to share
  • Any medication you need.


This event has been funded with support from the European Commission. This event reflects the views only of the organiser, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

This event is part of the Make ICT Fair project. Make ICT Fair is a collaboration of 11 European organisations seeking to improve working conditions and sustainability with ICT supply chains - from procurement to manufacturing to mining.