In 2016, Sawdust Rehab originally started as a joint social enterprise venture driven by the partnership between Coventry University and HMP Rye Hill (G4S) which aimed to increase the surrounding communities’ awareness of the incredible craftsmanship of those training within the HMP Rye Hill’s workshop. However, it soon became clear that Sawdust Rehab had the potential of achieving two important social missions.

Firstly, as a social enterprise that works in partnership with Coventry University and which commercialises handcrafted wooden products made inside the prison’s workshop, Sawdust Rehab aims to actively contribute to the wellbeing of our communities by redirecting all the profits towards two charities: Myton Hospice and Shelter UK.

On one hand, Myton Hospice believes “that everyone matters for every single moment of their life and that treating patients with dignity and respect if more important than meeting targets’’. On the other hand, Shelter UK ‘’ helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help”.



Secondly, as we strongly believe that given the right tools the majority of those who did wrong in the past can change, Sawdust Rehab also aims to become a significant rehabilitative tool as we hope for the individuals manufacturing the products to see their work not contained but rather outside of the prison achieving a clear and positive impact for their communities.

Also, we strongly believe that a prison sentence should have a rehabilitative goal too. Thus, we aim to improve the prisoners’ social re-entry process by reducing the stigma associated with such a sentence. We believe that we can achieve this by highlighting their positive attributes rather than their offences and proving to our community’s members that most of these individuals deserve a second chance.