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Restoring and Rebuilding Lives and Properties

Rebuild South West is a unique CIC run by Ex Military personnel working with a wide array of individuals to restore livesrebuild properties, and directly work towards social improvement.

Activities range from tailored coaching courses for local authorities and organisations, through to ambitious full scale renovation and rebuild projects empowering individuals with new skills and life changing experiences.

From the ex-service community to the long term unemployed, we can help to turn lives around with rewarding, practical and motivational projects.

We have a strong team of skilled tradespeople who provide careful Project Management, renovation work and encompassing training expertise to support education, training and development as well as offering their experience in delivering new safe and affordable accommodation.

The social and financial impact that can be achieved by the renovation of just one empty house or flat is immense for so many.

People returned to work

from Drive course
from Reach (ESA) course
from Empty Home course

Our Rebuild Projects

Rebuild South West is as much about rebuilding people as it is about the properties. When we acquire a site we aim to form teams of unemployed with Ex forces personnel and skilled tradespeople and provide apprenticeship and recognised mentoring schemes across a raft of construction trades.

empty homes in the UK

According to latest figures there are an estimated 870,000 empty homes in the UK and enough empty commercial property to create 420,000 new homes. In Cornwall alone the figures stack up to around 23,000, so it is no surprise that communities and local businesses are suffering from the demise and lack of life beautiful and once thriving market towns.

empty homes in Cornwall

For us we believe that the re-emergence of some of this accommodation would not only ease the Councils housing costs but more importantly allow those concerned to start laying down some roots and allowing them to start moving their lives forward.

Morrab Surgery

Rebuild South West was contacted by the Morrab Surgery to assist in renovating the surgery garden, to create an outdoors space for the Patients and the local community to access.   A place the surgery's social prescribers and other local grass roots organisations could access to…

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Treneere Estate, Penzance is known to be one of the most deprived in the South West.  In the centre of Treneere Estate is the once dilapidated community centre, The Colcoombe Centre.  For many years a number of community groups have tried to use this space to…

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The Mousehole property has been left empty for nearly 20 years.  Due to the sensitive history of the property RSW were approached to carry out the renovation which in reality should have been demolished and rebuilt.  However due to it being positioned in the middle…

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A selection of our courses available


This course is referred to as the 14 Day Challenge, as we provide a 3 day intensive course with clients returning a fortnight later for a follow-up day. Areas covered include attitude, first impressions, presentation, and creating a positive impact. We believe that it is not…

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Inside Out

Rebuild Southwest is proud to be part of the Inside Out project in West Cornwall Inside Out supports people who are not working and who have been adversely affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. Inside Out  launched in March 2021 will reach out to people whose…

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Reach Course - Rebuild South West


This is a practical 10 day course tailored for less able and Employment & Support Allowance customers to find their capabilities and purpose. Usually we run this course in a community centre and use a number of bespoke team building exercises before commencing the designated…

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A four week ‘On Site’ Construction Familiarization Course, held in a derelict ‘Empty Home’.  Designed specifically for individuals who would like to pursue a career within the construction industry, be that in their first professional role or retraining after a career in the Armed Forces.…

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A Course for You

Because of our pool of skilled and experienced instructors and coaches, we can always offer a highly bespoke and tailored course for a variety of people, organisations, or charities. From sensory gardens to crumbling country homes we can offer a rewardingfulfilling project for every individual who comes to us.

Rebuilding lives


Case Studies

Barry Case Study


54 Year-old ex-submariner Barry has been in receipt of health-related benefits since a life changing motorcycle accident. In 1982 Barry broke his back and lost his (dominant) right arm. He was medically discharged from the Royal Navy in 1983.  Following the accident Barry rarely left…

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Janet was first interviewed by Anna, an ESA Work Coach at Penzance Jobcentre in January 2015 as an early intervention. She was extremely anxious and at that time had broken ribs following a fall. She was in considerable physical pain.  Janet had worked in adult…

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Sarah in brixham. When she first attended the Reach course she revealed that she hadn't been out in public in three years. On Day two of the course she confirmed (do qte) "you guys have done more for me in one day than three years…

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“I have loved working at The Edge. The RSW team has pulled me out of the dark hole I was in and now I want to help them do the same for others"

James - Brixham

"Thanks to Rebuild South West my confidence grew and grew and I actually got myself a job - I feel like a million dollars! For those considering attending a Rebuild course, give it a go, without it I would not be where I am now. It was the best choice I had made in many years. Believe you can reach your goals."

Christina - Brixham

“The course caught me at the right time, my children say they have got their old mum back."

Teresa - Brixham

"Before this course I couldn't see a reason to live.
Now I do and just want to help others who are just like me."

Stuart - Brixham

Support Us

Volunteer – We are always hugely grateful for offers or time from skilled tradespeople or materials for our fantastic projects.
If you think you may be able to help no matter how small do get in touch.

Donate –  If you have links to a Charitable Trust or Foundation and you would like to make a difference to the lives of those we support, we would be delighted to talk to you. Your financial help is vital in providing long-term support for our courses and Rebuild projects.

Projects and Properties – If you think you have a property, estate, or area of land that you would like to talk to us about, click the button below and get in touch.

Join a course – Through your local JCP Work Coach or contact us directly.

Offer one of our courses – If you would like us to come along and run a Rebuild South West course do enquire directly or book through Careers South West

Building better futures

We are proud to be working alongside the following organisations.

Cornwall Council
Gaia Trust
Wheal Martin
Turn To Starboard
Help For Heroes
Equus Solutions
BF Adventure
John Daniel Centre
Job Centre Plus
Gooseberry Bush Nursery
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