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

Please note: The National Lottery Community Funding for WY-FI comes to an end in May 2020. Because the average length of support for a WY-FI beneficiary is two years, new referrals are now only being taken by exception. If you’d like to discuss someone experiencing multiple needs, please email PR@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk for details of our local Navigator team. If we’re unable to accept a new referral, we may be able to put you in touch with other organisations or services that could help.