West Yorkshire: Finding Independence (WY-FI)

The WY-FI Project is a multi-agency partnership project which supports some of the most vulnerable people in West Yorkshire. WY-FI supports people who are not engaging effectively with services and are experiencing at least three of the following HARM criteria:

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction to drugs and/or alcohol
  • Reoffending
  • Mental ill-health

What we do

For anyone facing challenging circumstances, it can be difficult to know the right place to go for support. Chaotic lifestyle factors such as substance misuse can also affect your health, self-esteem and mental wellbeing.

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

Our aims

The ultimate goal of the WY-FI Project is to help vulnerable people become more independent and find the support they need to live happier, more fulfilling lives. Our service users have the opportunity to access training and volunteering through our project – and some even choose to become Peer Mentors and help others who have complex needs. For more information about WY-FI or to ask about getting involved, please email PR@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk.