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Welcome to the December edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:
– Update on the West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service pilot
– Celebrate the Wakefield team police award
– Share Melissa’s story.

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email wy-fi@disc-vol.org.uk. You will receive the newsletter directly to your email. In 2018 our newsletters will be published every other month.

Karl’s story

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Karl’s story shows a complete transformation. Because Karl accessed the right support through WY-FI he was able to address his substance misuse, mental ill health, homelessness and offending and is now back in regular contact with his son.  Read more

“Change is possible, no matter where you’ve been what you’ve done or who you are, change is always possible with the right support.” Karl

 

 Peer Mentor recruitment

Peer mentor leaflet

We are currently recruiting to the Peer Mentor training course. Read the full Peer Mentor role profile here.

To apply for the training course please download and complete the Expression of Interest form here. Email completed forms to wy-fi@touchstonesupport.org.uk or post them to: WY-FI Touchstone, Dewsbury Business Centre, 13 Wellington Road East, Dewsbury, WF13 1HF.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 22nd December 2017.

 

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Following a development event with commissioners WY-FI were asked to deliver a workshop at the Fulfilling Lives 2017 national event about working with commissioners. The workshop explored thinking around  commissioning processes and how we can best work with commissioners to show what is working and what still needs to happen. The poster we created to go alongside the workshop shows the complexities involved and highlights our learning so far. Read more

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WY-FI Project Newsletter November 2017

Welcome to the November edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:
– Update on the ‘Story of Me’
– Focus on Alcohol Awareness Week
-Share feedback from recent WY-FI events in Leeds and Kirklees!

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email wy-fi@disc-vol.org.uk. You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

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Going further back to prevent homelessness

Members from the WY-FI Network have collaborated with the University of Sheffield and the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) coalition on research for a policy briefing which has been circulated to all major political parties.

The briefing entitled ‘Going Further Back: Earlier action on multiple needs to prevent homelessness’ reflects on the rise of homelessness nationally over the last five years and recommends approaches for support and prevention. The briefing was launched with WY-FI staff at a high profile event in London chaired by Lord Best.

Joe Alderdice, of WY-FI said: “By doing research in partnership with people who have first-hand experience of multiple disadvantages, I feel we have produced a really compelling case for crisis prevention services and policy makers. People gave us a strong message that trauma in childhood can be a major problem for people when building trust with services later in life. It is clearer than ever that crisis prevention should be well resourced, well-co-ordinated and start not by asking somebody ‘What’s wrong with you?’ but ‘What’s happened to you?’.”

The report recommends a co-ordinated approach to prevention and suggests how local and national policy can support this by focussing on opportunities for early intervention. It argues that services should be designed to respond to trauma and emphasises the importance of building trusting relationships.

Adam Montgomery, from the WY-FI Network, said: “There’s great value in talking to people with lived experience, it helps make research more authentic. Services need to work collaboratively with those affected, to meet their needs sensitively with a trauma informed approach to care”. Read the full report.

WY-FI Project Newsletter October 2017

Welcome to the October edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:
-Update on the Basis Housing First pilot
-Focus on research around the benefits of earlier action on multiple needs in preventing homelessness
-Share feedback from recent WY-FI events in Leeds and Kirklees!

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email wy-fi@disc-vol.org.uk. You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

ThumbQuarterly Big Lottery Fund Report August 2017

The most recent quarterly Big Lottery Fund report has now been collated and issued. Please click on the relevant links below to download the documents:

Executive Summary
Full report

Appendix 2.1 Navigator Caseload Monitoring
Appendix 2.2 Equality and Diversity
Appendix 2.3 Personalisation Fund Y4 Q1
Appendix 2.4 Bradford Coproduction Innovation Fund Review
Appendix 2.5 Bradford Coproduction Innovation Fund Proposal Y2
Appendix 2.6 Leeds Coproduction Innovation Fund Review
Appendix 2.7 Kirklees Coproduction Innovation Fund Review
Appendix 2.8 Calderdale Coproduction Innovation Fund Review
Appendix 6.1 CRESR Annual Report 2017
Appendix 7.1 WY-FI Risk Register
Appendix 7.2 Progress against outcomes and indicators
Appendix 7.3 Performance Management Year 4 01 06 17 – 31 05 18

WY-FI Project Newsletter ThumbSeptember 2017

Welcome to the September edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:
-Take a look at the impact of the Personalisation Fund on our beneficiaries
-Hear from our new Co-production team
-Share details about WY-FI events in Leeds and Kirklees!

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email wy-fi@disc-vol.org.uk. You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

WY-FI Annual Evaluation Report 2017

This report, carried out by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, summarises some of the key findings of the ongoing process evaluation of the West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI) project. The intention of the process evaluation is to identify key lessons for policy and practice and support the ongoing delivery of the project. During year three the focus has been on examining the role played by peer mentors, beneficiary experiences and the membership and core purpose of Multi-Agency Review Boards. All beneficiaries interviewed reported that their lives had improved, sometimes significantly, since working with WY-FI.

WY-FI Project Newsletter July 2017

Welcome to the July edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter.

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Alastair Sutherland alastair.sutherland@disc-vol.org.uk You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

 


Big Lottery Fund Quarterly Report May 2017

The most recent quarterly Big Lottery Fund report has now been collated and issued. Click on the images to see the executive summary. Alternatively you can download a zip file containing the full report and all appendices here.

 

WY-FI Project Newsletter June 2017

Welcome to the June edition of the WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:

  • share a report evaluating the work of our Peer Mentors within WY-FI
  • bring you up to date with a current project being undertaken by the Network
  • link you to relevant local news and reports

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Alastair Sutherland alastair.sutherland@disc-vol.org.uk. You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

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Welcome to the May edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Alastair Sutherland alastair.sutherland@disc-vol.org.uk You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

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WY-FI Project Newsletter April 2017

Welcome to the April edition of the WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:

  • Are pleased to announce that a WY-FI Network Member has gained paid employment!
  • Celebrate NECS and WY-FI’s Award Winning work
  • Share Stephanie’s story, a recovery journey with WY-FI
  • Invite you to this year’s Annual Learning Event – only 10 places left!

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Sarah Stead sarah.stead@disc-vol.org.uk You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

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Welcome to the March edition of our WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:

  • present research around the impact of the WY-FI Personalisation Fund on beneficiary outcomes
  • provide information about the wider Fulfilling Lives project
  • offer places on this year’s Annual Learning Event – ‘From short changed to system change’
  • keep you up to date with the latest FREE training courses
  • welcome a new administrator to the team, and
  • link to the latest reports relating to multiple and complex needs

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Sarah Stead sarah.stead@disc-vol.org.uk You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

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Welcome to the new look WY-FI Project Newsletter. This month we:

  • introduce the WY-FI Network
  • see the work of former WY-FI Peer Mentor being profiled in the national press
  • present this year’s Annual Learning Event
  • keep you up to date with the latest FREE training courses
  • welcome new Navigators and Peer Mentors to the team, and
  • link to the latest reports relating to multiple and complex needs

To subscribe to the WY-FI newsletter, please email Sarah Stead sarah.stead@disc-vol.org.uk You will receive the newsletter monthly directly to your email.

WY-FI Bradford chosen to be Christmas Charity

WY-FI Bradford has recently been chosen by Freeman Grattan Holdings as their Christmas Charity, the financial donations will be made to Inn Churches to support their work providing beds for the homeless in bad weather and nutritious food for people who are struggling to survive.

WY-FI Bradford have benefited from generous donations of warm clothes, food, toiletries.  The warm clothes have included socks, hats, scarves and coats among other things. Toiletries have included toothpaste, soap and deodorant.  The initial impact to our beneficiaries are at least one street homeless man and woman have now got a toothbrush and toothpaste and a complete change of clothes along with a waterproof backpack to keep these things in. Another woman, due to be released from prison, would have only had the clothes she stood up in, she now has a holdall containing several changes of clothes and toiletries to start her off, without this help this lady could well have found life very difficult.  Another beneficiary who is on a recovery path and attending a college course has been provided with a warm coat to enable her to complete her course in this cold weather.  Two men who have recently moved from street homeless to a hostel have now got a change of clothing each including warm socks and hats.

There is so much more to go yet, our team of Navigators are keenly on the lookout to identify more of our beneficiaries to receive these generous items.

On behalf of the beneficiaries of Bradford WY-FI, we would like to pass on our thanks to the staff of Freeman Grattan Holdings, we hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. 30.11.2016

WY-FI receives recognition for its commitment to learning

Festival of Learning 2016 has awarded the WY-FI Project this Certificate of Achievement for our commitment to supporting people while they learn new skills. WY-FI’s specialist Education, Employment and Training team support people who have experienced multiple needs re-engage with learning, training, volunteering and employment opportunities as part of their journey towards leading a more fulfilling life.

So far:

  • 38 people have completed WY-FI’s accredited CERTA Level2 qualification in Peer Mentoring
  • 18 WY-FI Peer Mentors are on placement with WY-FI teams, and
  • 21 WY-FI Peer Mentors have gained paid employment

 

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