We guarantee to provide participants with a service that is supported by a commitment to best practice and an outstanding history of community spirit built on trust. We are proud to have been one of the first disability organisations in Australia to gain Quality Assurance Accreditation and we continue to uphold the rights of people with a disability.
We are committed to providing a dedicated and outstanding service for people with a disability and their families.
Our Board of Directors
DIRECTOR Carolyn Higgs
In November 1960 a number of Maitland-based families met and shared their concerns about the lack of recognition of the needs of their children with disability for an education and opportunities for life. This event marked the formation of Mai-Wel. The challenge to remove the discrimination experienced by people with a disability and their carers is as strong a motive today as it has been throughout the past 60 years.
In 2012, Mai-Wel received funding from the Australian Government Department of Environment to launch a History Project, researching and documenting the organisation’s rich history and contribution to the Maitland community. The History Project was completed in mid-2014 and is available in the form of a book and short film documentary accessible via the links below.
We thanks local journalist, Alek Shulha, for the many hours he volunteered to help bring this project to life. Also thanks to the many participants, families, community members, staff and supporters who contributed to the film and book.
Budding songwriter Jacob has released his first original song, created during his private music sessions at Mai-Wel on Vincent in Cessnock. Read all about how Jacob turned his lyrics into a radio-ready song reading the full story on our website 🎶
The Mai-Wel Group acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live, work and learn. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and future, and recognise their continuing connection and contribution to the land.