Representatives of The Disabilities Trust Foundation recently hosted a workshop at the ‘WY-FI West Yorkshire Conference’ on 21st April 2016 in Leeds to present information about the Trust’s brain injury linkworker service.

The conference was well attended with delegates from a wide range of organisations from delivery partners and statutory organisations including: local authorities, police, ambulance, prison and probation, public and mental health, as well as representatives from the voluntary sector.

West Yorkshire - Finding Independence (WY-FI), funded by the Big Lottery Fund, aims to improve the lives and wellbeing of people with entrenched multiple needs who are currently the most disengaged and disconnected from services.

The workshop was run by our Wakefield based team, headed up by Social Exclusion Manager, Liz Wilce, and our two Linkworkers Emma Smyllie and Lewis Marston. A presentation was given on Social Exclusion and Brain Injury. This included statistics on UK admissions, the Trust research undertaken at HMP Leeds and within the Leeds Homeless community and the effects of brain injury. This was followed by a group task for attendees and information about the Linkworker Service.

We are proud to have received some great feedback from the organisers of the WY-FI Project and from delegates:

“Many thanks for hosting a workshop at the WY-FI Conference last week. We have had some excellent feedback and delegates felt that the day was a real success”.

“Excellent and informative.”

“Very interesting statistics about the high incidence of brain injury amongst offenders and homeless people in Leeds.”

“Very Good.”

More information, including a brief report of the day available on the WY-FI website.