WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

The Co-Production Approach

Co-production is about working together, taking risks together, being responsible together, and solving problems together.

WY-FI is one of 12 Big Lottery- funded projects across the UK, supporting people experiencing multiple and complex needs, and aiming to change ‘the system’ to improve their lives. You can find out more on the Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives web page

A key priority for each project approach is co-production. We work with people who have experience of multiple and complex needs (currently and/or in the past), to co-design services and work together to achieve informed and improved outcomes. You can find out more about our project approach to co-production by reading our Information Sheet

Co-production is about re-balancing the power structure and creating a level playing field. Leaving roles and responsibilities at the door, so that everyone is equal, and every opinion is considered. In applying co-production principles, we recognise each others assets, debate and listen, and problem solve together.

People with lived experience have a wealth of knowledge to offer, both in terms of what does and doesn’t work. Unfortunately, this knowledge is often hidden behind the stigma of addiction, mental ill health and homelessness, meaning crucial insights are missed.

In order to ensure co-production underpins all of our work, we take the following approach:

  • Co-designCo-production
  • Co-decision making
  • Co-delivery of services
  • Co-evaluation of services

For more detailed information, read our co-production information sheet here {Link to co-production sheet as a document upload on each project website}

We will be celebrating #coproweek from 2nd to 6th July. Join in the conversation on Twitter and Facebook. 

Co-production – working together every time

Co-production has become somewhat of a corporate buzzword of late, skating dangerously close to tokenistic territory. But when applied properly, for the right reasons, co-production is the best way to provide effective support services for the most vulnerable people in our local communities.

Across the country, along with 11 other Big Lottery-funded Fulfilling Lives Programmes  we are working to create system change and improve services for people with multiple and complex needs, through co-production.

This week we are all celebrating the third national Co-production Week… #coproweek. Co-production is at the heart of the Fulfilling Lives Programme, ensuring people with lived experience have a real say in the design and delivery of support services.

Co-production Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote the benefits of co-production, share good practice, and highlight the contribution of people who use services and carers in the development of better public services.

Watch the Fulfilling Lives Co-production video here (1m:28secs)

Here at WY-FI, we’re promoting the fantastic work that has come out of giving a platform and the control to the people who we support, and who have lived experience of multiple and complex needs.

Case Study: Valuing Lived Experience in the Workforce

WY-FI held an employment event with staff and people with lived experience to develop a set of principles and a good practice guide that workplaces could follow to become ‘recovery friendly’. These were adopted by the project’s Core Partnership Management Board.

Outcomes were agreed between people with lived experience, DWP, HR colleagues and Service Managers, and included:

  • Pledges made by partners to embed good pratice
  • DWP named contact for beneficiary enquiries
  • Developing co-produced training to professionals
  • Seeking to publish principles and practice externally

To us, co-production isn’t just a buzzword to throw into articles and tenders. Co-production means real change.

It means listening to all voices around the table.
It means valuing lived experience and being respectful of different perspectives.
It means co-creating something and educating each other.
It means rebalancing the power structure; enabling people who have ‘walked the walk’ to do some talking.


Co-Production Team Admin Assistant – Vacancy

Co-Production Team Admin Assistant (6 week placement)

Are you a motivated and reliable administrator, looking to develop your skills and experience within an exciting environment?

An opportunity has arisen with WY-FI’s Co-Production Team, for a temporary administration assistant over summer 2018.

The role is a six week placement, 15 hours per week, based at the WY-FI Hub office in Leeds city centre.

More information about the role can be found in the application pack. If you have any questions, big or small, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Joe at the Co-Production Team: joseph.alderdice@disc-vol.org.uk or 07584 682 799.

Full details, including how to apply, can be found on the HumanKind careers pages.