The WY-FI Project supports people with multiple needs across West Yorkshire. We gather evidence about what works and what doesn’t work in order to influence system change.
We heard from a range of informative and energetic speakers who gave information and insights into both the local and national perspectives of supporting people with multiple needs.
Richard gave an overview of the findings from CRESR’s evaluation of the project including – an update on Multi-Agency Review Boards, the work of navigators, the beneficiary experience and the impact of peer mentors.
The feedback about the Project has been “overwhelmingly positive” and there were few recommendations from beneficiaries about what could be improved.
Dr Mark Crowe, Research and Evaluation Co-ordinator, WY-FI Project
Now that the WY-FI Project has a robust data set for 500+ people with multiple needs in West Yorkshire, we can start to analyse, understand and learn from the data. Here are some highlights from Mark’s presentation:
- there are variations across the wide range of BME communities in how people experience multiple needs
- for women with multiple needs, a good transition from custody to community is critical in breaking the re-offending cycle
- the £46 grant received upon discharge from prison is inadequate
- the support available upon release from prison can feel overwhelming – Navigators provide the essential support for people with multiple needs in accessing the right services
- the Peer Research carried out annually by WY-FI is an indicator of how things are on the streets and is valuable for monitoring trends
- housing is becoming more problematic
“We’re not changing systems to change systems, we’re changing systems to stop people from dying.”
- an overview of the Fulfilling Lives Programme expectations on system change and successes of the projects so far
- the bottom line is that co-production must happen and is non-negotiable
- so far, we have reduced risk for 2,330 people with multiple needs across all 12 Fulfilling Lives projects
- and spoke about how the Big Lottery Fund plans to ensure the sustainability of the system change work
Alison Lowe, CEO, Touchstone
Alison talked about the WY-FI System Change Action Network (SCAN) and local system change, drawing on her experience of local system change in New Wortley
Sarah Joseph (University of Leeds) has been working with WY-FI through the Leeds Urban Impact Programme. She has undertaken research and analysis into the experiences of male prison leavers with multiple needs on their transition from HMP Leeds to the community.
Ian Wilson has been leading the impact aspect of the external evaluation of WY-FI and talked about the method of calculating savings to the public purse and the findings in the case of WY-FI so far.
Learning for Recovery facilitated by Jennie McCreight, Education, Training and Employment Co-ordinator, WY-FI Project
In this workshop the WY-FI Education, Training & Employment team and peer mentors explored the symbiotic relationship between the adult learning environment and recovery/rehabilitation. Workshop participants:
- Considered how the WY-FI Peer Mentor training course has evolved into a pathway that supports and sustains adult learners with complex needs
- Examined peer support and the role of the tutor/support worker
- Looked at the challenges of enabling adult learners with multiple needs to complete accredited courses
- Explored the journey of self-development through learning, and
- Questioned “How is adult learning beneficial to people recovering or in rehabilitation from experiencing homelessness, addiction, re-offending and/or mental ill health?”
The workshop explored these perspectives and experiences in relation to BME engagement. Drawing from lessons learned through working with black minority ethnic communities on the WY-FI project, the workshop highlighted good practice and offered practical tools for engaging and enabling access to services for BME communities.
In this workshop, participants looked at how the WY-FI Network worked with Partners of the WY-FI Project to co-produce a protocol to improve the employment journey for people with multiple and complex needs. We discussed the challenges, achievements and future goals of the WY-FI Network in relation to employment for people with multiple needs. The workshop concluded with an interactive session and feedback from the participants.
Co-production Workshop facilitated in partnership by Scott Cunningham (independent facilitator and co-production champion and Craig Sibson, WY-FI Navigator and former peer mentor
Participants explored the four core principles of co-production, how WY-FI’s work illustrates each of them and what we have learned about co-production through working with people living on the extreme margins. What makes our approach different and what difference does it make? Does co-production have a limit?
Films from the Day
You can watch a short video here highlighting what participants learnt from the event and how this will change their practices.
Click here to watch a video featuring highlights from the presentations of our six keynote speakers (above).
Performances by ‘Life Experience’
The Life Experience group, which is made up of people with lived experience of multiple needs, performed two spoken word pieces for the event. The first was on the use of Spice in prison, and the second was about someone’s experience of self-harm. It was a very popular part of the day, and you can see the performances here.
“The whole day was produced in collaboration with service users and this was a great example of good practice. The different speakers provided information about achieving effective work and outcomes. The event was also attended by a large range of agencies from across West Yorkshire so it meant I could learn more about the support available to people and network with representatives from the agencies.”
“It was such a great event. I came out more motivated.”
“I found the speakers very engaging, they were knowledgeable and really upbeat – made the day.”
“Excellent presentation from Scott, he really made the event for me. Very well delivered and interesting. Inspiring.”
“Excellent drama presentation. They should visit every school in Leeds! Very well delivered.”
You can download a participants list here.
Thank you to St Vincent’s for supplying a delicious lunch which kept us going throughout the day.
And thank you to Tom Bailey for the superb artwork capturing the day.
And finally thank you to all our presenters and delegates for making it such an engaged, enjoyable and productive event.