Complex needs project seeks peer mentors

image002The WY-FI (West Yorkshire Finding Independence) project – which aims to help people with multiple and complex needs to access services and support they need to overcome issues associated with mental ill health, re-offending behaviour, homelessness and problematic substance misuse – has announced that it is seeking applications/Expressions of Interest for their forthcoming cohort of volunteer Peer Mentors.

The project, which works throughout Leeds and West Yorkshire, is specifically advertising for volunteer Peer Mentors who themselves have lived experience of at least two of Homelessness, Addiction (drug/alcohol), Re-offending behaviour, Mental health. Successful applicants will be provided with a twelve week accredited course to give them the skills to be a peer mentor for the WY-FI Project.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programme and provides support to individuals with the most entrenched multiple and complex needs in Leeds to access the services and interventions they need. Criteria are that clients are experiencing three of the four HARM needs (Homelessness, Addiction, Re-offending and Mental Health) and are not currently receiving in any other support.

Successful applicants will be offered a place on a Peer Mentor Level 2 Accredited Course which will be held on one day a week for 12 weeks.

Anyone interested can have an informal discussion by calling Touchstone on 01924 460 432.

Expression of Interest forms should be submitted no later than Midday on Monday 11 April 2016 to or WY-FI/Touchstone, 1st Floor Dewsbury Business Centre, Wellington Road East, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, WF13 1HF.

image004A recruitment event for all longlisted applicants will be held week commencing 18 April 2016 (further details TBC).

Further information and the application pack can be found at and