WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

MHCLG announce funding for Navigators

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) recently published its Expression of Interest Prospectus for the Rapid Rehousing Pathways, for funding as part of the Rough Sleeping Strategy.

Applications were invited from Local Authorities wanting to apply for funding around one or more of four elements:

• Somewhere safe to stay pilots
• Local lettings agencies
• Supported lettings
• Navigators

“Navigation” or “coordination” is a vital part of helping individuals with the most complex needs move away from rough sleeping, and it is an approach that is distinct from outreach or other forms of engagement.

WY-FI Navigators are already being funded via the Big Lottery Fulfilling Lives programme, so we haven’t applied for funding. But what this does demonstrate is a huge step forward in showing that both the MEAM and the WY-FI approach works and is being adopted nationally.

Read more on the MEAM website.

WY-FI hosts largest ever multiple needs conference in West Yorkshire

Sue Northcott_speaking

The WY-FI Annual Learning Event took place on Wednesday 26th September, at the Civic Hall in Leeds. More than 200 guests attended the event, which focused on the learning and knowledge gathered over the last four years, which will help to establish better services for people with multiple needs.


Mark Burns-Williamson_speaking

West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson opened the event, addressing partners, professionals, academics and network members, as well as Humankind staff.

He had a strong message that joint working was essential to address complex issues surrounding mental health and criminal justice.

As well as listening to keynote speakers, guests were invited to choose from a selection of Information Sessions to attend during the day, which included:

• The Ripple Effect of WY-FI
• Multi-Agency Working and Multi Agency Review Boards
• Evaluating Talking Therapies with Complex Needs
• Housing First – a case study
• Embedding Co-Production and the Value of Lived Experience in the Workplace
• The Value of Peer Mentoring
• Developing the Workforce for Everyone
• Cost Benefit Analysis

The event closed with some personal messages from the Network, reflecting on how much work WY-FI has done, and is yet to do between now and May 2020. There’s a strong focus on the project’s legacy, to ensure that support for people with multiple and complex needs doesn’t end when the project ends.

Network Member Adam was the last onto the speaker podium, to recite a poem he’d written just that day, reflecting on all the key messages from the event and the importance of sticking together to continue making a difference.

Adam Montgomery_reciting poetry

Ellen’s story


Ellen described herself as broken when she came to WY-FI. She found it difficult to trust people and struggled to let people into her flat.

With WY-FI’s support, Ellen started to engage with Forward Leeds. She’s now clean from illegal drugs and stable on a script. Ellen is also involved more in meaningful activities and has decorated her flat to make it feel like a home.

Read the full story here.