SHEP is a unique, not-for-profit, community-based training and development organisation established in 1974.

Open Heart

Our key areas of work include: a unique training programme based on experiential group work approaches; low-cost counselling; advocacy; providing specialist support to community based organisations organisations, and international partnership.

We currently work in Cork, Kerry and Limerick in the south-west of Ireland. SHEP also supports the work of our international partner, Sahakarmi Samaj, which works in southwest Nepal.

SHEP is a registered charity (CHY9974) and a not-for-profit company which is limited by guarantee (no. 167824). Our registered office is at Village Chambers, Station Road, Ballincollig, Co. Cork, Ireland.

We comply with the Governance Code for community, voluntary and charitable organisations in Ireland.  A review of our organisation’s compliance with the principles in the Code was conducted in 2014/15. This review was based on an assessment of our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle. The review sets out actions and completion dates for any issues that the assessment identifies need to be addressed.

We hope you enjoy our website. Here you’ll find information about the project and the various services we offer, as well as ways in which you can become involved. If you cannot find the information you are looking for here, then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

We would like to thank everyone who has played a part in helping the project to grow and develop since 1974 to become the great success story that it is.

Commitment to Equality

SHEP is fully committed to equality: our policy is set out in OR005 SHEP Equality Statement. We are a member of the CESCA alliance since  2014.