West Yorkshire Finding Independence Project

Spectrum leads the Wakefield District stream of the WY-Fi (West Yorkshire Finding Independence) project – a £9.8m Big Lottery funded programme that is being delivered in partnership with key organisations across West Yorkshire. WY-Fi support people who have at least three of the following four issues:

  • Substance misuse issues (drugs or alcohol addiction)
  • mental health conditions
  • re-offending behaviour
  • homelessness

The multi-million pound grant was awarded to improve and better coordinate services to tackle the needs of people living chaotic lives. The programme is aimed to improve the stability, confidence and capability of people with multiple and complex needs to lead better lives so they spend less time in prison, reduce their drug abuse, are in stable accommodation and have better mental health.

Spectrum’s Wakefield District WY-FI team officially began operating in July 2014 with 63 people flagged as potential beneficiaries of the programme.

Using a model of Navigators to help service users to access services, the Wakefield team has focused efforts on building relationships with their potential service users and encouraging them to engage with WY-FI. The team has also successfully built relationships with various organisations in the area, such as No Second Night Out and the Vulnerable Adults Service for homeless people in Wakefield.

The WY-Fi partnership (West Yorkshire – Finding Independence) consists of DISC (lead partner), Spectrum, Bridge, Barca Leeds, Community Links, Foundation, Shelter, Touchstone and Together Women.