Advocacy  is ‘…the process of identifying with and representing a person’s views and concerns, in order to secure enhanced rights and entitlements, undertaken by someone who has little or no conflict of interest’

Henderson & Pochin (2001)

Are you interested in learning about what advocacy involves? Are you thinking about how you might  be able to better support others to access their rights and entitlements? Do you have a strong commitment to social justice and promoting equality for those who are vulnerable or marginalised? This part-time SHEP course, may be of interest to you.

About the ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ Course

We plan to offer the Introduction to Advocacy course February 2022. This will be a SHEP certified course. The course will start in February and finish in June 2022. It will be delivered over 12 weekly evening sessions (7-10pm) and two Saturdays. Application forms will be available from September 2021 with a closing date for applications in early December.

This SHEP course will be of interest to a wide variety of people including those already involved in advocacy as well as  those interested in supporting others people through advocacy.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to advocacy to those who already use advocacy skills in their life or work or to those with a clear interest in supporting self and others through advocacy. Learners who successfully complete this module will acquire knowledge, skills and understanding which will help them to practice principled advocacy, in a voluntary or paid capacity, in diverse or changing contexts. Completion of this course is a prerequisite for those who may wish to apply to volunteer and/or undertake contracted work with the SHEP Advocacy Project.


This course is under-pinned by SHEP’s philosophy that self-awareness and self-knowledge when combined with a commitment to community action is the basis for personal and social transformation. It is also informed by SHEP’s commitment to equality, social justice and social transformation.

Further Information

For more information please contact Deirdre Lillis, course co-ordinator at