The 2019 Independent Advocacy Gathering

4-piece jigsaw of the words Independence, Choice, Rights, and Empowerment


Wednesday, March 27th from 9.30am to 4pm.


Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, Cork.

The 220X bus from the Grand Parade stops outside the hotel. Parking will be available.


Phone Sarah on:

087 928 8762

or the SHEP Office on:

021 466 6180

or send an email to:

Independent Advocacy Gathering

Places are limited. Book by March 20th.


The hotel is wheelchair accessible. Please let us know when booking if you need extra support.


This event is free. Please make a donation to the next Gathering if you can.


You can buy your lunch in the hotel. There are supermarkets near the hotel. You can bring your own lunch with you if you need to.


Aine Flynn: Director of Decision Support Service and Cope Foundation Advocacy Council


The Independent Advocacy Gathering started in Cork in 2012. A group of people who are interested in different types of advocacy come together to learn about advocacy, share stories and ideas, and develop advocacy in Ireland.

Every year, we host an Independent Advocacy Gathering. We invite speakers to talk about different issues in advocacy.

We also maintain an email discussion group where we share information about advocacy. If you would like to be part of this group, please email:

Independent Advocacy Gathering

At our events, we talk about human rights and advocacy. We talk about law and policy and speaking up for ourselves.

The theme for the 2019 Independent Advocacy Gathering is: “Our Voices, Our Choices!”

Speakers will talk about:

  • making decisions and changes in law and policy.
  • making decisions in disability services.
  • decisions about medication.

It will be a great event, and we hope you will join us!


9.15am   Open for registration.
10.00am Welcome and introductions (facilitators).
10.10am Cope Foundation Advocacy Council
11.00am Break
11.30am Advocacy Council — any questions?
11.45am Decision Making and Medication
1.00pm Lunch
2.00pm Aine Flynn: Director of Decision Support Service
3.00pm Questions and Discussion
3.30pm Thoughts on the day, ideas for the future, feedback forms.
4.00pm Finish