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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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Thanks for the support @up https://t.co/483sRpMNIJ

26th April 2017 11:46 AM

Just finished @UpcycledHour more of our signature pieces https://t.co/6XVIxRLfEy now open Saturdays too & all HALF… https://t.co/qAN4W2zEUR

26th April 2017 11:10 AM

What a nice pair! @thebestofWelHat @SocialEnt_UK open today 10am - 4pm pop in & try them out for size..… https://t.co/oJocvupdBw

22nd April 2017 8:05 AM

All systems go - a riot of colour too @SocialEnt_UK @thebestofWelHat our #workshop in full swing this morning.. https://t.co/lt9FALMKSB

20th April 2017 12:53 PM

Wing back armchair in seasonal colours #copper foil legs, will be @WGC market Sautrday @weareccfm Ally Pally on Sun… https://t.co/Xg5y4uI6ZU

13th April 2017 5:29 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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