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Power Shift: Training for Change 2019

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.

3-7 July at Cudham Shaws Campsite, 144 Cudham Lane, North Cudham, UK, TN14 7QT

At Power Shift 2019, 150 students from across the UK and Europe will come together to understand social injustices and join the dots between them. Together, we’ll imagine the future we want to live in and leave confident to go about building it through campaigns on our campuses and in our communities. We’ll build the networks and link up our campaigns to maximise the impact of our student movement. Through expert trainings, we will develop the skills to campaign and win: campaign strategy, action planning, grassroots organising, building sustainable groups, media and communications, and so much more.

Sometimes the future couldn’t look more uncertain for young people, but our resistance is growing as we take on those driving the many crises of our time. Power Shift 2019 will give students the tools to campaign and win on the issues that matter as part of a radical national network.
Precarity defines our economic lives with low-paid and insecure jobs dominating the economy. But they’re fighting back with recent strikes against McDonald’s, Deliveroo and Wetherspoons. The rights of workers in global supply chains are degraded to profit a wealthy few. They’re organising to rid supply chains of modern day slavery. We face the hardening of borders, stigmatisation of immigration and the rise of nationalism worldwide. But communities are coming together to reject racism, support migrants and build solidarity across borders. Our higher education is expensive and increasingly exposed to neoliberal marketisation. But an almost decade-old student movement has condemned these reforms at every turn and made free education common sense for many.

The rent is too damn high and too many young people can never imagine owning a home. But we’ve seen a wave of rent strikes targeting universities and tenants unions taking on landlords. Parallel to all of these social crises is climate breakdown and our ecologically unsustainable economic system. Now, more than ever, we are waking up to the urgency of addressing climate change by fundamentally transforming our society so people and planet come before profit. Students are taking on the fossil fuel industry and are winning and grassroots resistance has stopped the UK fracking industry in its tracks before it began.

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! Help decide where next for our national workers' rights and migrants' justice campaigns.

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 Monday 3 June to get your discounted early bird ticket for £42
  • Full Price: £50

Weekend and day tickets may become available after 3 June, dependent on availability.
Email powershift@peopleandplanet.org to request reserving one before then.

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 Cudham Shaws Campsite, 144 Cudham Lane, North Cudham, TN14 7QT. If you are driving please contact us to book parking.

The site is accessible by car and public transport. We will provide more detailed instructions on how to get there from central London closer to the time.

If you have any problems getting to the site, our mobile number for the entire event is 07494 563 990. Make sure to save it in your phone before setting off!


The event runs from Wednesday 3 July to Sunday 7 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 on Sunday, with the event ending at around 4pm on Sunday after an exciting action in London.


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 some 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 extra cash for snacks and drinks. When booking, 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 you need
  • 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/or a talent for our legendary talent show
  • Print out of directions to the site and our mobile phone number (this will be emailed to all attendees)
  • Any skills, strategies or ideas you want to share
  • A rucksack to carry it all in


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.