West Yorkshire – Finding Independence was part of the Fulfilling Lives programme which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund. Between 2014 and 2020, WY-FI successfully supported over 800 adults facing multiple disadvantage and experiencing entrenched needs in at least three of the following:
- Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
- Mental ill-health
In year seven (June 2020 to May 2021), our aim was to support a collective and strategic approach to ensure people experiencing multiple disadvantage and exclusion continue to receive effective support post WY-FI.
WY-FI saw improvements in beneficiaries’ housing and chaos scores over 30 months, or even longer, showing the importance of working with individuals over time, and not time-limiting support.
In it’s final year of delivery (June 2020 to May 2021), WY-FI’s aim was to support a collective and strategic approach to ensure people experiencing multiple disadvantage continue to receive effective support. WY-FI did this in the following ways:
- Established a West Yorkshire Multiple Disadvantage Consortium, to ensure the system works as one for people and that regional and local strategies include effective provision for people.
- Published three reports in collaboration with the West Yorkshire Office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
- Supported the voice of lived experience to influence future commissioning and service delivery improvement, though ongoing peer research.
- Addressed stigma and shared evidence and learning through marketing and communications activity
Nationally, WY-FI contributed to ongoing Fulfilling Lives activities including
- System Change Action Network (SCAN)
- National media and communications including #see the full picture and promoting national learning and thematic recommendations
- National Expert Citizen Group (NECG)
- Evaluation and learning Community of Practice
- Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM)