Quality and Standards Sub Committee


The National Federation of Voluntary Bodies is committed to continuous quality improvement in services, leading to the realisation of the Federation vision of people with disabilities “…being supported to live a life on one’s own terms”. The Strategic Plan 2016–2019 of the National Federation sets out five strategic priorities including Strategic Priority 2: “Consolidate our commitment to quality improvement and innovation”.  The National Federation’s Sub Committee on Quality and Standards is responsible for overseeing the implementation of this strategic priority and is tasked with the specific objectives of:

Considering and advising on how best to support and include people with a disability, and their families, in decisions that affect their lives;

  • Contributing to the shaping and implementation of the HIQA National Standards / Regulations in residential disability services;
  • Providing practical support to member organisations in the implementation of the Adult Safeguarding and Children First Policies;
  • Contributing to the shaping of review of the New Directions National Standards for Day Services;
  • Providing practical support to member organisations in the implementation of appropriate quality systems;
  • Identifying innovative and best practice quality developments for dissemination throughout the Federation;
  • Ensuring that the value add, which a vibrant community and voluntary sector brings to the lives of people with intellectual disability, is articulated and understood.

Ms. Anna Shakespeare, Chief Executive, St. Michael’s House, is the Chair of the Quality & Standards Sub Committee.

Membership of Quality & Standards Sub-Committee 

Anna Shakespeare (Chair) – St. Michael’s House     
Bernie O Sullivan – COPE Foundation           
Brian O’ Donnell- National Federation of Voluntary Bodies,
Bernard O’Regan - Western Care Association     
Claire O’Dwyer - St. John of God’s
Connie O'Regan - Western Care                 
Elaine Teague - St. Michael’s House    
Eoin Mooney, Dara Community Living
Geraldine Galvin, Daughters of Charity Services
Grainne Sexton - Gheel
Jillian Sexton – National Federation of Voluntary Bodies           
Mary Barrett - National Federation of Voluntary Bodies
Maura Crowley - Kerry Parents & Friends Association         
Margaret Glacken - Brothers of Charity National
Mary McGrath - Carriglea Services
Sarah Jane Dillon  - Daughters of Charity Services
Roger Greengrass - Waterford Intellectual Disability Association
Sheila Buckley Byrne - St. Hilda’s     
Stephanie Downes - SOS Kilkenny
Teresa Mallon - SJOG  

Further Information

For further information please contact Jillian Sexton, National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Tel: 091-792316 or by email at jillian.sexton@fedvol.ie. 


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