WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

Opportunities in WY-FI

Job Vacancies



Network Legacy Development Officer – Leeds
Salary: £21,146 per annum
Closing Date: 12 July 2018 – 12 Noon
Ref: 18/WYFI/05

A new post has been created to support the development and co-ordination of a constituted ‘Network’ of people with lived experiences of multiple disadvantage.

This will be WY-FI’s legacy after 2020, drawing on the assets within the Network, to become financially self-sustaining and to influence positive change, both within our sector and beyond.

The successful candidate will have lived experience of multiple needs and/or experience of setting up a charitable/constituted business. A passion for co-production is essential.

Visit the Humankind careers page to find out more and how to apply.

Domestic Abuse Navigator x 2 (Spectrum Community Health – Wakefield)
Closing Date: 13th July 2018

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work as a Domestic Abuse Navigator as part of the WY-FI team in Wakefield.

Domestic Abuse Navigators will work in an outreach capacity to help support repeat victims of domestic abuse, to access the services and interventions they need to build resilience, gain confidence and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations.

The role is an exciting new element to the existing WY-FI Navigation Team, and will work alongside Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS).

Click here to go to NHS Jobs for more information and how to apply. (This link opens in a new window)

Navigator – Community Links – Kirklees (office base Batley)
Salary: £22,165 per annum. Fixed term – one year
Closing Date: Sunday 22 July 2018 @ 23:59
Ref: P15

An opportunity has arisen for a Navigator (fixed term contract – one year).

As a Navigator you will be working with individuals who may have a history of convictions for serious offences who are at a high risk of reoffending. Navigators will be exposed to individuals with challenging behavioural issues that may make it difficult for them to establish relationships at any level.

You will be joining Community Links, an award winning, leading mental health provider working across the region of Yorkshire and the Humber whose core values are: behaving with integrity, embracing individuality, valuing people, taking pride in what we do, and achieving excellence.

Visit the Community Links careers page for more information, and to apply.

Please scroll down for information about volunteering opportunities in Peer Mentoring.

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Each of the seven partners making up the WY-FI Project recruit new people to their teams all year round. Click on the icons below to visit their job pages and view their current vacancies:

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Peer Mentoring

What is peer mentoring?

Peer mentoring is where a person who has lived through a specific experience (peer mentor) helps a person going through a similar experience (peer mentee). Peer mentees learn from those who have recovered, or rehabilitated. Peer mentors learn new skills and improve their chances of employment.

What do WY-FI Peer Mentors do?

WY-FI Peer Mentors volunteer across West Yorkshire (Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) by supporting our navigator teams to help adults with multiple needs engage with support services.

Using their own knowledge and lived experience of local services and recovery options, WY-FI Peer Mentors support and build up mentoring relationships with WY-FI beneficiaries to help them access relevant services. WY-FI Peer Mentors are important for demonstrating visible recovery and instilling hope.

WY-FI Peer Mentors receive training, supervision and travel expenses are reimbursed for each day of volunteering.

“Becoming a WY-FI Peer Mentor has completely changed my personality and it’s the perfect route for me back into employment” WY-FI Peer Mentor

We ask that Peer Mentors commit to a minimum of 1/2 day per week in their placement.

What do I need to become a WY-FI Peer Mentor?

To become a WY-FI Peer Mentor you must have:

  • previous experience of volunteering or peer mentoring (supporting people)
  • lived experience of at least two of the following:
    • homelessness
    • addiction to drugs, substances and/or alcohol
    • re-offending behaviour
    • mental ill health

How do I become a WY-FI Peer Mentor?

Please download and read this role description. If you would like to become a WY-FI Peer Mentor, please complete and return this Expression of Interest form

Please email completed forms to wy-fi@touchstonesupport.org.uk or post them to:

WY-FI Touchstone
Dewsbury Business Centre
13 Wellington Road East
WF13 1HF

What happens next?

When we receive your Expression of Interest form and if you are suitable for a WY-FI role, we will invite you to an induction session to discuss your application.

What training will I receive?

When the induction is complete, WY-FI Peer Mentors take part in a 12 week training course which will cover topics such as:

  • mentoring skills
  • negotiation skills
  • conflict resolution, and
  • safeguarding

The course requires 1 day commitment per week for 12 weeks.

During training, you will have the opportunity to shadow WY-FI Navigators and WY-FI Peer Mentors. Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive an accredited CERTA Level 2 qualification in Peer Mentoring.

Once you have started as a WY-FI Peer Mentor, you will have access to even more training opportunities.

“This course has helped me so much, I’m so glad I did it” Peer Mentor course participant

If you have any questions or queries about Peer Mentoring please call Touchstone on 01924 460 432.

Download our Peer Mentor brochure for further information