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Dialogue Forum with Voluntary Organisations

Published: 17 January 2020
From: Department of Health

About the Forum

The Report of the Independent Review Group (IRG) established to examine the role of voluntary organisations in publicly funded health and personal social services was published in February 2019. A key finding in the Report is the need to improve the relationship between voluntary organisations and the State. At the time of publication of the Report, Minister Harris announced his intention to establish a new Dialogue Forum. The first meeting of this new Forum took place on 2 December 2019.

The aim of the Forum is to build a stronger working relationship between the State and the voluntary healthcare sector for the benefit of patients and service users and to facilitate regular dialogue with the voluntary sector on future policy and strategic developments.

The Forum is chaired by independent Chair Peter Cassells.


The following organisations are represented on the Forum:

  • Department of Health
  • HSE
  • HIQA
  • Mental Health Commission
  • The Wheel
  • Mental Health Reform
  • Disability Federation of Ireland
  • National Federation of Voluntary Service Providers
  • Not for Profit Association
  • Voluntary Healthcare Forum
  • Voluntary Hospices Group
  • National Community Care Network

Full membership list

Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Members


Terms of Reference

Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Terms of Reference


Meeting 1: 2 December 2019

Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Agenda 2 December 2019


Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Minutes 2 December 2019


Meeting 2: 24 January 2020

Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Note of Meeting 24 January 2020


Voluntary Organisations Dialogue Forum Agenda 24 January 2020