Pioneering teams of people come together to make up the WY-FI Project, supporting people with multiple needs and aiming for policy and system change.
The WY-FI Network
The WY-FI Network is a core group of volunteers, all with their own lived experience of homelessness, addiction, re-offending and/or mental ill health, who are are consulted and evaluate the progress of the project on a regular basis. The WY-FI Network is also involved in the development of key activities within the project, for example, co-producing media materials, the website, our event programme and the Passport aka ‘The Story of Me’.
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, 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 are 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 team of volunteer Peer Mentors work alongside Navigators and Specialist Workers across West Yorkshire to support beneficiaries to engage with the WY-FI Project. WY-FI Peer Mentors are people with lived experience of at least two of the following four needs (Homelessness, Addiction, Re-offending, Mental ill health) who have previous experience of volunteering or peer mentoring and have completed our 12 week Level 2 accredited course.
Teams of Navigators support WY-FI beneficiaries in Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield. Navigators are service neutral and build trusting relationships with beneficiaries so that beneficiaries can re-engage with services and receive person-centred support.
Over the course of the project specialists have provided targeted engagement support for:
- people from BME communities
- prison leavers, and around
- education, training and employment
The hub team is based in Leeds providing central support for the project and carrying out development work around multiple needs. At the hub, you’ll find:
- project management
- project support
- research and evaluation
- data analysis
- policy development
- workforce development and learning
- media and communications support
- development and expert engagement leads.
Are you a WY-FI Peer Mentor looking to move into paid employment?
Keep an eye on our website, facebook page and twitter feed @WYFIProject for future vacancies.