West Yorkshire-Finding Independence (WY-FI)

Supporting people with multiple needs

Help right across West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire—Finding Independence (WY-FI) aims to improve the lives of people who have multiple needs.  The service, which is a partnership of  specialist organsations led by DISC covers, Calderdale, Leeds, Bradford, Kirklees and Wakefield.

Reaching disengaged and disconnected people

Beneficiaries of the project will have at least three of the following needs:

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction (drug or alcohol)
  • Re-offending behaviour
  • Mental ill health.

They may be those in the local area who are the the most disengaged and disconnected from services.

West Yorkshire—Finding Independence (WY-FI) is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It is overseen by a board made up of Experts by Experience, representatives from the voluntary sector, delivery partners and statutory organisations including local authorities, police, prison and probation, public and mental health.

See the West Yorkshire-Finding Independence (WY-FI) website

Delivery model

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West Yorkshire-Finding Independence (WY-FI) is delivered through a model which includes:

  • Navigator teams based in the five West Yorkshire locality areas, hand holding beneficiaries to access services in the region.
  • An Employment, Training and Education team.
  • An Advocacy and specialist advice service
  •  Capacity building and engagement support to women, minority ethnic groups and prison leavers.
  • A Regional Policy, Innovation, Evaluation and Support Hub.
WY-FI lotto      In its 1st year we have received 365 referrals and worked with 71 clients intensively. By 2020, the project will have worked with over 1,000 individuals, helping them to build their resilience, gain confidence and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations.