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), Bridge, Barca-Leeds, Community Links, Foundation, Spectrum 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 Big Lottery Fund.
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:
- Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
- 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.
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.
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.