Welcome to WHEC

Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC) is a partnership of women’s charity organisations.

We work together and share common goals of health and equality for girls and women.

WHEC aims to ensure that health and social care policy reflects the real experiences and needs of girls and women.

WHEC pools the expertise and reach of member organisations to better inform and influence decision-makers and government.

WHEC works to improve the sustainability of the women’s and girls’ health and social care sector, and to strengthen women’s and girls’ capacity to engage with the health and social care systems.

WHEC wants to see appropriate and accessible and effective services for all women which ensure that they are safe from violence at home and in their wider community.


WHEC members are FORWARD UK, Imkaan, Maternity Action, Positively UK, Rape Crisis (England & Wales), Women’s Resource Centre (WRC).




Working together for better health and care

The voluntary sector is vital for creating an affordable health and care system which is fit for the future.

The Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme brings the power of the voluntary sector together with the health system, to improve services and promote well-being for all.

We do this by:

  • Helping reach the most vulnerable, excluded individuals and communities
  • Supporting people to make their diverse needs and voices heard
  • Harnessing the expertise of the voluntary sector to inform national policy development
  • Driving awareness of the role and potential of the sector

You can contact the Strategic Partnership by email at strategic.partners@dh.gsi.gov.uk or follow on Twitter at @vcspartners or with #vcspartners.

WHEC has been representing the voice of Women’s groups in the programme every year since it began in April 2009.

All the Strategic Partners support the development of knowledge and capability in the sector to engage in the wider health and social care reform agenda, and are selected to reflect the views of their members and networks.

Our membership of the programme means your chance to have a voice in health policy, so to become a member, click here