WY-FI Project

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence | Supporting people with multiple needs

About WY-FI

West Yorkshire – Finding Independence is part of the Fulfilling Lives programme which is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund.

Between 2014 and 2020, WY-FI has successfully supported more than 800 people facing multiple disadvantage to have a settled home, positive health and wellbeing, pathways to employment and a positive future.

We’ve seen 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.

Now in Year 7 of delivery, our aim is to support a collective and strategic approach to ensure people experiencing multiple disadvantage and exclusion in West Yorkshire continue to receive effective support post WY-FI.  We’ll be doing this in the following ways:

In the five local authority areas and regionally in West Yorkshire: 

  • Establish a sector leadership forum to ensure the system works as one for people and that regional and local strategies include effective provision for people  
  • Promote and maintain the fidelity of the WY-FI model of working 
  • Enable the voice of lived experience to influence future commissioning and service delivery improvement 
  • Provide research and evidence which identifies upstream indicators and interventions which will reduce the number of young people moving from  crisis to chaos  
  • Promote relational and asset- based ways of working  
  • Reduce stigma and share evidence and learning through media and communication activity 

Nationally contribute 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 
  • Evaluation and learning Community of Practice  
  • MEAM 
  • CFE