We’re really pleased to share that you can now sign up for our seven-part webinar series all about co-production this September. This series is part of our Good Practice Mentor project, funded through The National Lottery Community Fund. 

The webinars will focus on sharing more about: creating a co-production culture, involving your community in co-production, developing a strengths-based approach (Asset Based Community Development), embedding co-production/ABCD in practice, looking in more detail at Stronger Together – a co-production toolkit and exploring how our new Growing Communities assessment tool can support you on your co-production journey.    

You can sign up to any of our webinars by following the links below or visiting EventbriteHere’s more information about each of the webinars:  

  1. Tuesday 13 September 11am – Stronger Together: How to embed a co-production culture

Introducing the Stronger Together Toolkit – a rich, diverse, and accessible resource to help you understand what co-production is, where to start and how to overcome the barriers to creating a co-produced way of working.  

2. Wednesday 14 September 2pm Embedding co-production and asset-based community development in practice  

Led by our Good Practice Mentor team, this webinar will help you consider your longer-term vision for co-production and Asset Based Community Development. We’ll highlight some of the challenges and give examples on how to overcome them as well as way in which you can incorporate a framework for sustainable change and growth.  

3. Tuesday 20 September 2pm – Increasing diversity of engagement  

Learning from the Ageing Better programme and SYHA’s citizen led approach to ensuring that co-production is representative of the services, projects, and communities that it is intending to serve. This will include drawing from the grassroots experience of 14 national partners such as Ageing Better in Birmingham who represented a super diverse city. We’ll share tips for increasing engagement and learning from a tapestry of perspectives. 

4. Wednesday 21 September 11am – Creating the culture: making engaging with people and communities’ business as usual  

This webinar is led by the Co-create team. They’ll cover more about how involving people and communities is the best way to ensure that services are as inclusive as possible, and resources are targeted to where they will create the most benefit. This involvement needs resources, and the investment can take time to realise. But over time, relationships can be built, and a culture of trust created. Listening to people’s needs can become the norm.  

5. Tuesday 27 September 11am – Working with communities strengths to build resilience and tackle the cost 

This session will introduce you to and share practical learning from our Age Better and Well Rotherham programmes to show how you can raise community engagement and work with partners to share resources and increase impact. We’ll work with you as a group to identify practical opportunities and steps we can take to draw on strengths-based approaches to support our community through these challenging times. 

6. Thursday 29 September 11am – Learning from co-production: tips and tricks from our work in Primary Care  

This session will be facilitated by Co-create, who use their knowledge of co-production and co-design to connect lived experience to change in ways that create lasting, meaningful improvements. 

We’re also hosting a bonus session: Strengthening relationships between customers and tenants to deliver impact which will look at how we have worked to include our tenants in our processes using the methodologies discussed in the previous webinars. The session will also include learning insights from Viewpoint CIC, imparting some of the ways in which the Together with Tenants co-production work has made a significant difference to the future of tenant services.

The date is booked provisionally for Friday 30 September – still to be confirmed, so feel free to sign up and we will confirm as soon as possible.

If you can’t attend the webinars but want to know more about working with us, get in touch and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible to talk through how we can support you on your co-production journey.   

We have a range of options for you to choose from based around four co-production themes which are available as both training or coaching packages to suit your specific needs:  

  • Creating a co-production culture 
  • Involving your community 
  • Developing a strengths-based approach 
  • Embedding co-production in practice 

We can also share our newly developed Growing Communities assessment tool with you to help you reflect on where you are now, where you’d like to get to and how we might support you to get there. 

A bit more about our co-production journey:  

At South Yorkshire Housing Association, we believe in creating communities that enable people to live well, settle at home and realise their potential.   

We appreciate the strengths, skills and abilities of the people who live in our homes, access our services and work for us. We’re on a journey to change the way we work by collaborating and co-designing more of the services we offer with our customers.  

Working together with our customers, teams and partners is important to us. Over the years we’ve explored co-production and how we can do this well by working with local and national people and communities to 

  • Develop an asset-based community using a strengths-based approach  
  • Explore how to create a co-production culture  
  • Support communities so they are empowered to create change  
  • Use an asset-based community development method to support new and existing local businesses to sustainably grow and engage their local community  
  • Support people in decision-making to use lived experience and different ways of thinking to create sustainable and human-centred change  

We’re excited to be able to share this learning with you, giving you practical tips and support that you can use within your work and communities. Learn more about our journey