Growing Communities is a new initiative under SYHA Enterprises – the part of our organisation that grows profit-making activity that supports our purpose and values.

At South Yorkshire Housing Association, we’re proud of our community led, person centred and strengths-based approaches to designing services “with people” and “for the communities” that we’re intending to serve.

We want to share our learning in a way that supports other like-minded organisations to build their knowledge, skills, and expertise – and that’s where Growing Communities comes in.

We’ve developed a suite of training, coaching and mentoring packages under Growing Communities that focus on sharing best co-production practice with the housing and community sector which will:

  • Improve your understanding of co-production
  • Support you to co-design your own unique set of co-production values and principles
  • Explore what co-production means to you and the communities you work with
  • Help you to expand the ways in which you work with others to ensure diversity of engagement and inclusion
  • Support you to develop a framework and guidelines that embed co-production

The training is based around four themes: creating a co-production culture, involving your community, developing a strengths-based approach and embedding co-production in practice. You’re able to choose the explore, immerse or deep dive option depending on what you’d like support with.

  • Explore: choose the introductory training session ‘creating a co-production culture’ along with one of the other three themes
  • Immerse: embrace co-production fully by choosing all four of the themes
  • Deep dive: more tailored support is on hand to embed co-production in practice

As part of this new offer, Growing Communities have also launched a free co-production assessment tool.

This has been designed to help you reflect on your co-production journey, discover how you can make improvements and enhance your approach. Complete the assessment


Find out more about Growing Communities in the PDF or book in for a free 45-minute discovery call with the team to talk more about how they can support you on your journey.

Download our offer (PDF)