West Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI) is funded by the National Lottery Community Fund’s, Fulfilling Lives Programme Supporting people with multiple needs led by Humankind and delivered by a partnership of the region’s voluntary and community organisations. The project is funded to 31st May 2020 and due to this, we are unfortunately no longer taking any new referrals.
The project helps people to access the services and support they need to overcome issues associated with mental ill health, re-offending behaviour, homelessness and problematic substance misuse in a co-ordinated and person-centred approach.
People are empowered to identify and take steps towards meeting their long term goals and aspirations.
Touchstone is the lead partner on ETE (education, training and employment) and peer mentoring.
Using creative approaches we enable adults with multiple and complex needs to, access a variety of ETE opportunities including, becoming a project Peer Mentor, volunteering, adult and further education, work placements, trainee roles and apprenticeships and employment.
Over the last 5 years:
84 Peer Mentors have gained placements with WY-FI Navigator/Specialist teams
423 service users have taken up volunteering, employability or training activities
36 people with lived experience have moved on to employment, including 5 WY-FI beneficiaries
The team also champions valuing lived experience in the workplace and have supported the development of tools and guidance for people with lived experience and employers.
Our partner organisations in this project are: Humankind, The Bridge Project, Foundation, BARCA Leeds and Spectrum Community Health CIC.
In partnership with: