Wednesday, 25 May 2016

SHEP ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ course

The QQI Level 6 ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ course is now open for applications. You can find further information and the application form at  click on Training and click on Community Advocacy training.

The course will run from October 2016 to February 2017 on Thursday evenings with two full Saturdays.

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? A part-time SHEP course, which will be offered again in October 2016, may be of interest to you. This course has been very successfully delivered previously in 2012 and 2014. It is hoped to offer the course every two years.

About the ‘Introduction to Advocacy’ (Level 6) Course

This SHEP course is an introduction to advocacy and is accredited by QQI. It 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. The course will be offered at the SHEP Training Centre in Ballincollig over a five-month period.

Course Aim

The aim of the course will be 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 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 with SHEP’s Cork Advocacy Service.


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

The next course will commence, subject to numbers, in October  2016 Open for applications – 3rd May 2016. Closing date – 12th September 2016
Subsidised course: €490; Price with concession: €250. Limited availability. Allocated on ‘first come’ basis for people who are in receipt of a social welfare payment. If you wish to apply for  a concession please attach a letter with your application.
For further information on this course you can contact Deirdre Lillis on (021) 4666180.

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