WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs


Who are we?

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence (WY-FI) is made up of a partnership of seven organisations across West Yorkshire including: Humankind (lead partner), BridgeBarca-LeedsCommunity LinksFoundationSpectrum CIC, and Touchstone. We firmly believe that by working together the WY-FI Project will strengthen support to those with multiple and complex needs to ensure their effective engagement in services to enable them achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

WY-FI is one of twelve Fulfilling Lives partnerships in England supported by National Lottery funding from the National Lottery Community Fund

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What do we do?

WY-FI supports people who are not engaging effectively  with services and are experiencing entrenched needs in at least three of the following HARM area:

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Reoffending
  • Mental ill-health

Our ethos is that these individuals:
• are supported by Navigators and Specialist Workers who build trusting relationships over time and who are service neutral
• receive person-centred support to achieve their hopes and aspirations
• inform future delivery models and innovation

And that by 2020 adults with multiple needs in West Yorkshire should have the opportunity of:
• a settled home
• positive health and wellbeing
• access to education and employment, and
• trust in a positive future

Making a referral

If you would like to make a referral to the WY-FI Project, please visit our Contact page for details of your local navigator team.

Working together

WY-FI does not deliver services but works with existing local services to co-ordinate and work together effectively to fully meet individual needs in a person-centred and co-ordinated way via a Multi-Agency Review Board (MARB).


The WY-FI Project is overseen by the Core Partner Management Board which is made up of Experts by Experience, representatives from the voluntary sector, delivery partners and statutory organisations including: local authorities, police, prison, probation, public health and mental health. The Core Partner Management Board and the WY-FI Project have a commitment to learning together and to challenging organisational and agencies culture and practice. Download our governance structure.

Long-term aim

The long-term aims of the project are to push for flex in service provision for service users, as well as policy and system change on a local, regional and national level.