Full participation in the community is a human right. Wellways has a vision for society’s future, in which people experiencing mental health issues and psychosocial disability, as well as their families, friends and carers, are understood, accepted and provided the same opportunities as everyone else. The pathway towards this vision involves challenging social and systemic barriers, such as stigma, discrimination and social exclusion.

What we’re standing up for

Wellways seeks positive change in laws, policies, social norm and behaviours through policy and advocacy which changes systems. 

We provide innovative, community focused policy solutions to barriers faced by those with a lived experience of mental health or disability, their families and carers which are forgotten or misunderstood by decision makers. We work to advance equality and social justice, and to support the building of inclusive communities.

Our policy positions 

Our policy and advocacy team is responsible for developing insights and leading advocacy activities across a range of critical areas of social and economic policy. The team is focused on the contemporary challenges facing people with a lived experience of mental health issues, people with disability, their families and carers, in particular the social determinants of poverty and disadvantage, housing and homelessness, and the challenges of psychosocial disability and wellbeing. 

We aim to influence positive system changes through the development of innovative policy solutions, policy submissions and recommendations, and collaborations with government and our sector partners, informed by the voices of lived experience and developed through applying the principles of co-production.

Ways to be involved with advocacy 

Sign up as a Wellways supporter: As a supporter you will receive regular updates, exclusive invitations to hear from staff and the people we work with, surveys about advocacy concerns, and opportunities to take part in our advocacy work.

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Email us: community@wellways.org

Join Wellways co-production pool

Wellways is committed to working together with and engaging with people with lived experience and the community to drive our work. If you would like to use your lived experience to guide our work sign up to our co-production pool. We will contact you with opportunities as they come up.