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About Us

RECOVER is a vibrant furniture up-cycling social enterprise, creating pathways into volunteering and work. At its heart is our commitment to sustainability – up-cycling old unwanted furniture or working with materials either donated or reclaimed from the local area.

 

Offering vulnerable adults new fulfilment and purpose, RECOVER is run by Ian Block. Ian has a passion for furniture with an eye for creativity and high quality workmanship.

In the RECOVER workshop our volunteers up-cycle furniture right from design; researching current trends and techniques, planning how they can make a saleable piece whilst still putting their personal stamp on it. Then working on their chosen piece of furniture; repairing, sanding, painting and varnishing before finally learning about pricing and marketing. The upholstery side of the business is equally inspiring producing outstanding and original items; volunteers receive professional training and support in re-using fabrics and materials. They are involved with planning & design, measuring, cutting, sewing, fire retardant rules and regulations, current trends, pricing and marketing.

Some of our volunteers may have been affected by substance abuse, a criminal record, homelessness or missed education. RECOVER offers people life-changing experience, apprenticeships and professional qualifications in furniture up-cycling. Along the way they also gain our love of furniture and design and a belief in supporting the local community, environment and economy.

RECOVER is committed to offering the highest quality of products and services. Equally active and committed, our partners include:

change, grow, live (CGL) www.changegrowlive.org

Herts County Council http://www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/

Our sister social enterprise The Secret Space http://www.thesecretspace.org.uk/

 

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Twitter Feed

Thank you @EnhamTrust for the fabric donation & all the help loading up yesterday - fantastic Charity check it out… https://t.co/2Rm7X851MW

16th March 2017 9:19 AM

Van graphics nearly done, thanks @AMPRINTSIGNS for working into the night @thebestofWelHat @SocialEnt_UKhttps://t.co/MBghxg0vDy

8th March 2017 6:33 PM

An all weekender open Saturday & Sunday this weekend, many splendid newly completed items - @thebestofWelHathttps://t.co/imZr2rTWuk

3rd March 2017 5:54 PM

RT @PansChurch: Come along to Toddlers at 9am,meet other parents & carers while the tots play! Look at these cute dinosaur pictures they ma…

25th February 2017 8:40 AM

RT @UNIQfurniture: Well done to all involved! https://t.co/bPXtL3fwme

14th February 2017 8:27 PM

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Saturday: 10am - 4.00pm
Sunday: - 1st Sunday of every month 10am - 4pm

If you are making a special trip, please contact us first in case we are working off site.

Our location

Unit 19, Tewin Court, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 1AU, UK

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