WIDA provides respite for adults and children with severe and/or profound degree of intellectual disabilities across a number of locations in Waterford City and County.
Respite furnishes users with a home from home environment while also encouraging active participation and involvement in the local community. We also facilitate participants to attend work, college or, day services as required. Why not visit our services page for information on the services we offer.

Meet the Board

WIDA operates under the control of a Board of Directors which determines the overall policy of the organisation, monitors the implementation of policy and guides the Chief Executive in implementing policy successfully.

  • Matt Bolger(Chairman)
  • Frank Hogan( Vice Chair)
  • Eddie Tobin( Treasurer)
  • Willie Power ( Secretary)
  • Ann Vereker
  • Henry Moloney
  • Angela O’ Dwyer

To join the Voluntary Board of Directors email; Willie Power (wppower@eircom.net)

Click here for information on WIDA's Strategic Document

Meet the Staff

photo of Fiona O' Neill Fiona O Neill – Director of Nursing/Services – Fiona has been working with WIDA for fourteen years. Fiona is a dual qualified registered nurse and has practised as a nurse for several years before taking a management position.
She has a strong business background, having completed her MBA with first class honours in 2009. Fiona is committed to promoting independence and community inclusion in all of our services. She is focused on delivering a high quality service in line with HIQA and HSE guidelines.

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photo of Teresa Harhen Teresa Harhen – Assistant Director of Nursing – Respite Services – Teresa has been working with WIDA since 1997 and has been involved in many different roles since then. Teresa is a registered nurse in Intellectual Disability since 1989 and as a registered psychiatric nurse in 1995. Teresa has a degree in Nursing Studies in 2007.

Teresa has been in a management role for ten years. The Respite Services caters for children and adults with ID and Teresa focuses on Community Inclusion and providing a quality service in line with HIQA and HSE guidelines.

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photo of Fran Parsons Fran Parsons – Assistant Director of Nursing – Residential and Day Services – Fran has been working with WIDA for six years, five of which have been in a management role. Fran is a registered nurse in Intellectual Disability since 1998 and has worked in Scotland and Ireland in many different areas.
Fran promotes a home from home philosophy of care in Residential Services. The Day Service has been continually developing and improving and Fran is focused on promoting each service users independence and for them to become a part of the wider community.
Fran is committed to ensuring quality in both the Residential and Day Services in compliance with HIQA and HSE guidelines.

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photo of Meg Lynch Meg Lynch – HR Manager – Meg started with WIDA in June 2013. She graduated from the BBS HRM stream in WIT and continued on to do her Masters of Business in 2008. Meg has been working as a HR professional for five years. She is dedicated to providing HR support and advise to all stakeholders in the association; management, staff and volunteers and to promoting a team environment whereby everyone’s input is appreciated towards our common goals.

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photo of Claire Looney Claire Looney – Social Worker – Claire started with WIDA in 2008, she has a National Qualification in Social Work from Trinity College 2007 and she is on the Register of Social Workers in accordance with the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005. Click here for additional information on Claire's role at WIDA.

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Nursing and Care Staff – All of our care staff are qualified to a minimum Fetac Level 5 in Healthcare studies with a large percentage qualified to degree level in Social Studies. Our Nursing staff are qualified registered nurses with vast experience in Intellectual Disability. Our Nursing and Care staff are dedicated to providing quality care to each and every service user. We are very proud of our staff and the quality of the services we provide.

Volunteers – We have volunteers as part of our team also, giving freely of their time, to help with activities and community inclusion and we are very grateful for the contribution they make to our team in WIDA.

Human Rights Committee

WIDA has a Human Rights Committee and policies and procedures around this. The purpose of this is to:

Ensure that the staff and the service users and their representatives are aware of the service user rights and how to request the committees assistance where they are concerned about a rights restriction. If you feel that someone in you care needs the help of this service you should contact:

photo of Mary Lonergan 

Mary Lonergan: 051 856 961

photo of Catriona O' Driscoll 

Catriona O' Driscoll: 051 858 764



Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a service which supports and empowers the people who avail of our service to live a fulfilled and dignified life. We aim to promote independence, dignity, respect and to provide opportunities to participate in a wide range of activities that are based upon the services users own choice that enhance their quality of life. We are committed to providing quality services that meet national quality and best practice standards, and to improving these services continually.