Co:Create Homes

What you’ve done is made me realise that we assume what people want, but we don’t really know and we need to find out.

Co:Create was born out of South Yorkshire Housing Association’s (SYHA) proven track record in inclusive resident and staff engagement and co-creation. We now work as an SYHA enterprise, applying our experience of co-creation and co-design to connect people’s lived experience to services in a meaningful way that truly effects change.

Co:Create is led by Chris Hewitt and delivered with support from our team of expert Associates, between them bringing extensive cross-sector experience delivering tailored projects for service-led organisations who want to work more effectively in collaboration with their staff and customers.

Co:Create use a range of methods to bring people together to deliver productive, outcomes-focused projects; matching your organisational objectives with the expertise and priorities of your people. We can deliver training, advice and support or a whole project management approach to change the way you think and the way you work with your staff and residents. We will transform your approach to engagement, from representation and governance to designing new services and monitoring and responding to quality improvement needs.


Past projects for Co:Create have included work with Yorkshire Housing Association, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (RMBC), Sheffield Hallam University and Doncaster Clinical Commissioning Group.

Hear about the difference we made at RMBC in this short video.

“I would highly recommend working with Co:Create as they will introduce you to new and innovative ways of planning and organising a project. It took us out of our comfort zone and in doing so we considered things we wouldn’t have thought possible with our limited time and budget. Co:Create helped us to refine our idea much more quickly so we didn’t waste any time or money on inefficient or unpopular products.”

Lucy Kirkham, Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University

“Working with Co:Create has been eye-opening. We wanted to design a new service, but we wanted to do it differently, to bring all the stakeholders together to co-create it. We wanted to reach people whose voices aren’t always heard, and we wanted everyone to feel listened to. Co:Create achieved this faultlessly. Not only did they facilitate the design of a new service, they also helped us to get Board level sign-off and taught us loads about effective collaboration and service design along the way. I would strongly recommend Co:Create, we plan to work with them much more in the future.”

Jo Smith, Strategic Head of Commissioning at Rotherham Borough Council