It is very important for disabled people and people with lived experience of mental health difficulties to influence policy making. A policy sets out rules, laws or the way things need to be. They are written in national government and locally in councils and Clinical Commissioning Groups. These policies influence the way we all live and come to think about the world around us.
Disabled people, people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, like many others, have traditionally been left out of policy making. This is gradually improving but often people’s views and experiences are captured through consultation processes. Changing Our Lives is committed to the principles of coproduction and as such, we work in and with communities to develop policy and practice.