WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Six Years of WY-FI

WY-FI started in May 2014 and has been operational for six years, with £10m of funding from the National Lottery Community Fund.

Direct support to WY-FI Beneficiaries will be wrapping up on 31st May 2020, and over the next three weeks, we’ll be looking back on WY-FI – the numbers, our highlights, the successes we’ve celebrated and the challenges we’ve faced, and some of the learning from the project.

But that’s not all. Some strategic elements of WY-FI are going to keep going for another year to support the system to change and enable people experiencing multiple needs to receive effective support.

We’ll be saying more about this at the beginning of June 2020.

So for now, here’s our story of how we’ve been helping people in West Yorkshire to find their independence over the last six years.

Six Years of WY-FI: Campaign messages in week 2

The numbers in each locality

The Bridge Project – Bradford

  • We’ve worked with 195 beneficiaries
  • 179 beneficiaries have exited the programme
  • 110 were planned, or successful exits and only five of these people needed further support.

Barca – Leeds

  • We’ve worked with 240 beneficiaries
  • 226 beneficiaries have exited the programme
  • 119 were planned, or successful exits and only two of these people needed further support.

Spectrum – Wakefield

  • We’ve worked with 135 beneficiaries
  • 110 beneficiaries have exited the programme
  • 55 were planned, or successful exits and only two of these people needed further support.

Foundation – Calderdale

  • We’ve worked with 146 beneficiaries
  • 130 beneficiaries have exited the programme
  • 87 were planned, or successful exits and only two of these people needed further support.

Community Links – Kirklees

In Kirklees we’ve worked with 106 beneficiaries.

Since September 2019, multiple needs support in Kirklees has been provided by Kirklees Better Outcome Partnership (KBOP) which has incorporated learning from WY-FI.

Six Years of WY-FI: Campaign messages in week 1

Sustaining What Works in West Yorkshire

  • – 820 beneficiaries
  • – 440 planned, or successful exits
  • – Only 13 people with planned exits relapsed and needed further support
  • – Within 18 months of engaging with WY-FI, 64% of beneficiaries show an improvement in their housing scores, and 71% show an improvement in their chaos scores

WY-FI Podcasts

Podcast 1 – General Project Overview: Listen to our very first podcast again, where Programme Manager Sue Northcott is joined by members of the WY-FI Team to give an overview of the project. And special guest Peter Dobson tells us a bit more about the Fulfilling Lives Programme that we’re proud to be part of.

Podcast 2 – Multi-Agency Working: Our second podcast was led by Roger Abbott, WY-FI’s Workforce Development & Learning Co-ordinator. Roger was joined by three of our lead Multiple Need Navigators: Nic (Leeds), John (Bradford) and Mel (Wakefield), to talk about the successes and challenges of multi-agency working.

Podcast 3 – The Data Dashboard: In our third podcast, members of the Research and Evaluation Team discuss the new dashboard they created, making data quickly and easily accessible.

Our System Change Priorities

We’ve focussed on three system change priorities over the last six years:

  • The WY-FI Navigator Model
  • Multi-Agency Working
  • Co-Production