WY-FI: ‘Multiple Needs, The Next Steps’

A new project supporting people with entrenched multiple needs such as homelessness, mental ill health, addiction and reoffending, is celebrating its launch this Friday.

West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI) will host ‘Multiple Needs, the Next Steps’, a conference that aims to share knowledge and learning about working with people with multiple needs.

The event, due to be held at Brian Jackson House in Huddersfield on Friday 5th December, will see speakers such as Professor Lord Patel of Bradford OBE and Professor Fergus McNeill from the University of Glasgow share their thoughts and experiences on multiple needs.

A group of local volunteer ‘Experts by Experience’, who make up the project’s regional Experts’ Group, will be sharing their hard-hitting yet inspiring stories of recovery and facilitating workshops on the day.

The conference will celebrate the launch of the WY-FI project as well as DISC’s (Developing Initiatives, Supporting Communities) 30th anniversary.

The programme, awarded £9.8 million through the Big Lottery Fund’s £112m ‘Fulfilling Lives’ initiative, will work with people with at least three of the following needs, who do not or cannot engage with services:

  • homelessness
  • addiction
  • re-offending behaviour
  • mental ill health.

The project is delivered by Navigator teams working in each West Yorkshire locality, supporting individuals to engage with the services relevant to their needs.

Navigators are staff that work intensively with beneficiaries, listening to and helping them to achieve their own goals, ensuring a person-centred approach to the individual’s support and care.

Experts by Experience help to co-produce and co-develop the project, and Peer Mentors work alongside the Navigators using their own lived experiences to support others.

By 2020, WY-FI will have worked with 1,050 people, helping them to access the services they need, build their resilience, gain confidence and acquire the personal and social assets they need to meet their aspirations.

The project is delivered in partnership by: DISC (lead partner), Barca, Bridge, Community Links, Foundation, Shelter, Spectrum CIC, Touchstone and Together Women Project.

For more information, about the conference, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/multiple-needs-the-next-steps-please-select-2-workshops-from-the-list-below-tickets-13818472423

For more information about the project, contact hannah.glew@disc-vol.org.uk or see: www.disc-vol.org.uk/news/2014/2/12/98-million-to-help-west-yorks-people-with-multiple-problems

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