WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs


What were the priorities of the WY-FI Network?

  • To support and build a lived experience network
  • To facilitate the network’s involvement in peer research, working closely with the WY-FI Research and Development team
  • To support the network’s continuing involvement with the National Experts Citizen Group.

Highlights from the WY-FI Network

The Walk of Life

‘The Walk of Life’ was a short film that was co-produced by a group of young people with lived experience of multiple disadvantage, with the support of Life Experience, a Leeds-based social enterprise.

The film’s drawings, animations, poetry, characters and concepts were developed by the group to creatively express their experiences of accessing services.

The film also supported the WY-FI report, ‘Closing the Revolving Door’, which examines the support available for young people experiencing multiple disadvantage, and how this could be improved.

Watch the teaser film

Watch the full film

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

Making the journey tracked a six week collaboration between the WY-FI Network and CIC Life Experience as they developed and produced a short performance piece together to share their lived experiences as people in recovery.

The group were unable to complete the piece due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but they were able to create this teaser film.

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

More about the WY-FI Network

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

Members of the WY-FI Network and beneficiaries of the project were offered the opportunity to be trained as Peer Mentors, who worked alongside Navigator teams across West Yorkshire to support 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 was also 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.

As part of their involvement with the NECG, members of the network were able to contribute to calls for evidence, such as the Dame Carol Black Independent Review of Drugs (2020/2021).