WY-FI supporting people with multiple needs

wyfiWest Yorkshire Finding Independence (WY-FI), a Big Lottery funded programme, is run by a consortium of the region’s community organisations.

The project aims to help people with multiple and complex needs to access the services and support they need to overcome issues associated with mental ill health, re-offending behaviour, homelessness and problematic substance misuse.

Touchstone’s team is leading on employment training and education, peer mentoring and BME engagement. 

We aim to combine our knowledge of recovery needs with employment training and education (ETE) opportunities, to ensure that service users have support in achieving future ETE goals. The ETE Team will be working with individuals accessing the project, local ETE providers and our partner organisations to identify needs and opportunities and ensuring that employment, training and education goes hand in hand with recovery.

By embracing peer support and the power of visible recovery we want to increase recovery networks and support through our peer mentor training courses. Bringing the concept of “community” to individual recovery, our tailored Peer Mentor training course will equip service users with the skills to nurture and support the recovery of individuals with multiple/complex needs and drawing on lived experience to empower others.

Become a Peer Mentor with WY-FI 

Do you have previous volunteering or peer mentoring experience (supporting people)?

Do you have lived experience of at least two of the following needs?

  • Homelessness
  • Addiction (drug/alcohol)
  • Re-offending behaviour
  • Mental health

Do you want to take part in an twelve week accredited level 2 course to give you the skills to be a peer mentor?

If you’re interested please have a look at the role description and fill out an Expression of Interest form. Return by email to wy-fi@touchstonesupport.org.uk or by post to WY-FI Touchstone, Dewsbury Business Centre, 13 Wellington Road East, Dewsbury, WF13 1Hf.


Partners and funders:

WY-FI is funded by the Big Lottery. Our partner organisations in this project are: DISC, Together Women Project,  Bridge, Foundation, Shelter, BARCA Leeds, Spectrum and Community Links, click here for project website.



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WY-FI supporting people with multiple needs Contacts

Jennie McCreight Education, Training and Employment Coordinator

01924 460 432