Wakefield WY-FI

West Yorkshire: Finding Independence (WY-FI)  is a partnership network which supports vulnerable adults who face barriers in accessing services. Originally funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, the project linked agencies across the county to help service users access healthcare, housing, recovery, mental health support and more.

  • The WY-FI project has supported over 820 vulnerable adults since 2014
  • 95% of service users had either three or four HARM factors when they began engaging (Homelessness, Addiction, Reoffending, Mental Ill health) , or were affected by other challenges such as domestic abuse
  • Just under one-third of service users had a long-term health problem or disability

By December 2019, 90% of beneficiaries supported through WY-FI had successfully exited the service. Renamed Wakefield WY-FI in June 2020, the project is funded by Wakefield Council and is continuing across the Wakefield District for 12 months.

WY-FI Navigators

For anyone facing challenging circumstances, it can be difficult to know the right place to go for support. That’s where WY-FI comes in. Across the Wakefield district, our Navigators support vulnerable people to access community services – from help registering with a GP to support with housing, medical appointments, mental health and financial advice. Whatever your needs might be, we will do our best to help point you in the right direction.

  • Our Navigators offer 1:1 advice and support to help service users get back on their feet
  • They can advocate for service users in appointments and liaise with agencies to support rehousing
  • WY-FI also has links with local authorities, recovery services and health & justice providers

Wakefield WY-FI is funded by Wakefield Council and we are continuing to accept new referrals. If you’d like to discuss someone experiencing multiple needs, please email PR@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk for details of our local Navigator team.

Our Partners

Wakefield WY-FI receives referrals from a range of partners including West Yorkshire Police, Wakefield District Domestic Abuse Service (WDDAS), the Prison and Probation Service, Turning Point, Wakefield Council, WDH, Riverside housing association and many more. If you would like to refer a vulnerable person for support through the WY-FI Project, please email PR@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk to request a referral form.