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Latest news from The Network

That Little Hobo releases poetry book ‘Poems from the street up

A WY-FI Network member from Calderdale has put pen to paper as a creative way to express his thoughts, feelings and emotions during his ongoing recovery from multiple needs.

His book is available exclusively in PDF form now.

WARNING: Please note that ‘Poems from the street up’ contains strong language and themes that some readers may find upsetting or triggering.

You can show your support for this book and its author by making a charitable donation to Mental Health Concern (registered charity 519332). Mental Health Concern is the parent charity of Insight Healthcare.

Scan the QR code to make an online donation by the charity’s Just Giving page.

Or visit the Mental Health Concern Just Giving page

WY-FI Network Members team up with Life Experience to create performance piece

Making the journey tracks a six week collaboration between the WY-FI Network and CIC Life Experience as they’ve been developing and producing a short performance piece together sharing their lived experiences as people in recovery.

The film stops short of sharing the final work as due to the corona virus pandemic the planned final sessions and showcase performance was postponed. This is now due to take place later in the year and we all look forward to coming back together and performing it for folks.

A scene from Making the Journey

Watch the film here (17m:5S) – (link takes you to Vimeo)

The WY-FI Network helps inform next #seethefullpicture campaign

Who is the WY-FI Network?


The WY-FI Network is a group of people, all with their own lived experience of either homelessness, addiction, re-offending and/or mental ill health. They are involved in activities in the five West Yorkshire localities, and are consulted to evaluate the progress of the project, or to conduct research. The Network is in equal partnership to the Core Partnership Management Board, which drives the project at a strategic level.

Adam Montgomery_reciting poetry

Members of the WY-FI Network and beneficiaries of the project are offered the opportunity to be trained as Peer Mentors, working alongside Navigator teams across West Yorkshire and supporting other beneficiaries through their recovery journey. Peer Mentor training is CERTA registered and gives trainees the skills needed in order to succeed in the role.

The WY-FI Network is part of a national network called the National Expert Citizen’s Group (NECG UK)‘. The NECG UK brings together the national voice of the 12 lived experience Fulfilling Lives Expert Citizens’ groups around England.

A Guide to The Network

Want to know more about the Network? You can read more about what we do and what we can offer in our handy two-page guide.

Network Flyer Screen Grab

This page has been co-produced by members of the Network, with support from the WY-FI Hub Team.