New Economy Programme

The New Economy Programme – a year of practical one-day workshops and three-day residentials – launched in October 2018 after a crowdfunding campaign to train 1000 people in Bristol, Oxford, London and Dorset.

Our 2019-2020 programme is now open for bookings and is relaunching in Plymouth, Bradford, Newcastle, Bristol, London, and Dorset from October 2019 to July 2020.

We also work with regional and national funding partners to offer sponsored places for those working in different sectors, such as co-operatives, digital technology, heritage, local development, food & farming, and others.

Fully Funded Places

Choose a funding stream, check the eligibility criteria, and apply below.
High streets lie at the heart of communities but are under increasing pressure as more people choose to shop online. At the same time, communities are reimagining and regenerating local places by turning disused or underused buildings into creative spaces, offices, retail outlets, and housing.

Stir to Action are working with Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) to offer 30 fully-funded places on High Streets: Agents for Economic Change workshop in Bristol (13 Nov 2019), Bradford (19 February 2020), and Plymouth (22 April 2020), as part of AHF’s £15 million Transforming Places through Heritage programme to breathe new life into historic high streets and town centres across England.

Are you a charity or social enterprise with an idea for bringing a heritage building into a new sustainable use for community benefit? Find out more about how to apply below.


You can apply if:
  • Your project involves a heritage building located in a high street or towncentre in England.
  • This location is the focus of a wider strategy or initiative which aims to revitalise the high street or town centre.
  • Your project is a place-based initiative.
  • You are a charity or social enterprise (a not-for-private-profit organisation).
We're always looking to partner with progressive organisations to create and offer fully funded places on our training programmes. Working with us on our New Economy Programme enables those on low incomes or part of unfunded organisations to access the training they will need to develop their projects, meeting our mutual goals.

Get in contact with us via and we'll work with you to develop ideas for the partnership fund, eligibility criteria, and the application process.

Shieldfield Art Works

1 Clarence St, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1YHV

Shieldfield Art Works (Previously the Holy Biscuit) is a 23 minute walk from Newcastle Central railway station, and a 10 minute walk from Manors railway station. There are a number of bus links from the stations, and it is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. Limited parking is available at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Kala Sangam Arts Centre

St Peter's House, 1 Forster St, Bradford, BD1 4TY

Kala Sangam Arts Centre is next door to Bradford Cathedral, and is a  minute walk from Bradford Forster Square railway station. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. No parking at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Ocean Studios

The Factory Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

You can drive, sail or walk to Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. Find us at The Cooperage, opposite the Red telephone box. We are a 20 minute walk from Plymouth City Centre and a 30 minute walk away or a short bus journey from the train station.The ferry runs every hour from the Barbican to Royal William Yard, or you can travel from Cornwall on the Cremyll Ferry to Stonehouse. The number 34 bus travels from the City Centre and stops at the Royal William Yard Roundabout. It is a picturesque 12 minute cycle from Plymouth City Centre to Royal William Yard. Royal William Yard has plenty of paid parking in the yard.

Disabled access depends on room.

The New Room

36 The Horsefair, Bristol, BS1 3JE

The New Room is next to John Wesley's Chapel in the centre of Bristol. The entrance to the venue is from Horsefair. There is a second entrance from Broadmead through the chapel which is not open in the morning.

Local bus services, three Park & Ride services and Bristol Bus & Coach Station are all within a three-minute walk. Bristol Temple Meads railway station is a fifteen-minute walk and there is a taxi rank just along from the Horsefair entrance. Parking is available nearby at a variety of city centre locations. No parking at the venue.

There is full disabled access throughout the building and the workshop space.

Amnesty International UK

The Human Rights Action Centre, 17 - 25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

Amnesty International UK Human Rights Action Centre is situated within the Shoreditch Triangle, with easy access to both the City and Brick Lane Market, the Human Rights Action Centre has excellent public transport links and is minutes’ walk from Old Street and Liverpool Street stations (Underground) and Shoreditch High Street station (Overground). It is easy to reach via many cycle routes and there is a Santander Cycle docking station just outside. No parking at the venue.
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Monkton Wyld Court

Elsdon’s Lane, Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset DT6 6DQ

Four miles from Charmouth, Axminster and Lyme Regis. Monkton Wyld is signposted from the A35 halfway between Charmouth and Axminster. You will find the Court just opposite St Andrews Church.

The nearest train station is Axminster. The 31 bus from the station (Axminster to Lyme Regis) stops at the Hunters Lodge pub in Raymonds Hill, a pleasant thirty minutes walk away from the Monkton Wyld Court.