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 experiencing entrenched, multiple 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 Multiple Needs 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

New referrals into The WY-FI Project are now only being taken by exception. This is because National Lottery Community Funding for WY-FI comes to an end in May 2020.

If you’d like to discuss someone experiencing multiple needs, please still feel free to call our WY-FI Navigator teams.  If we’re unable to accept a new referral, we may be able to put you in touch with other organisations or services that could help.

Please visit our Contact Us page for details of our Navigator Teams in West Yorkshire.

Working together

WY-FI does not deliver services – instead we support existing local services to work together effectively, meeting individual needs in a person-centred and co-ordinated way. We do this via Multi-Agency Review Boards (MARBs) in each West Yorkshire locality.


The WY-FI Project is overseen by the Core Partner Management Board. The board 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.