SHEP Advocacy Project

During the Covid-19 emergency SHEP Advocacy Project is available to people with disabilities and people experiencing mental health difficulties, offering telephone and email advocacy support on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

If you wish to speak to an independent advocate about a concern, please call 0871873904 or email

Independent advocacy is about supporting adults when they are struggling to be heard, when they are at risk of or experiencing abuse and when their rights are not being respected.

The link to the following article; ‘Disability Coronavirus and International Human Rights’ may be of help at this time.

April 2020

SHEP Advocacy Project

As part of the Social and Health Education Project the Cork Advocacy Service (CAS) has been offering one to one advocacy support, facilitating group/collective advocacy, supporting various advocacy networks and facilitating advocacy trainings for the past ten years.

Due to limited financial resources (one part time employee and a small group of trained advocates working both as volunteers and as contracted workers), we have decided to focus our efforts on group/collective advocacy work rather than one to one advocacy support. This is an area of independent advocacy that has been largely neglected as one to one advocacy support has become more professionalised over the past ten years. We will also continue to support advocacy networks and facilitate advocacy trainings.

This change reinforces SHEP’s community development ethos and builds capacity for change through experiential learning and participatory group work.

Going forward we will change our name from Cork Advocacy Service to the SHEP Advocacy Project.

Over the next two months we will be updating the advocacy pages on the SHEP website to provide more information about the changes.

As part of our training programme we offer an ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ course aimed at those wishing to develop their advocacy skills. We also offer a course in Self-Advocacy which we tailor to specific group requests. For further information see the Training and Development Section of the website, or contact Deirdre Lillis, SHEP (021) 4666180.

If you would like to discuss these changes with the SHEP Advocacy Co-ordinator, please contact

Many thanks

Deirdre Lillis

Advocacy Co-ordinator