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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 & Holly Brunsden. Ian & Holly have 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.

Supported By

Twitter Feed

@UpcycledHour @AshleyWilde @FusionPaintUK @BeHappyInWGC @Preloved It was a commissioned piece for a young lady who certainly knew her mind!

15th January 2019 5:10 PM

A few of our latest combo's using @AshleyWilde fabrics all kindly donated & @FusionPaintUK used exclusively & also… https://t.co/s47YuarM5K

15th January 2019 4:37 PM

On our way even now - thankfully it's looking like staying dry too :) https://t.co/M4h1wZma7a

6th January 2019 7:23 AM

Great two days in the workshop this week, Holly reconstructed then recovered another Parker Knoll 1960's wingback a… https://t.co/uuDugglR0h

28th December 2018 5:45 PM

@posiepot And a Happy Healthy New Year to you :)

25th December 2018 9:11 PM

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 9.30am - 4.30pm
Wednesday: Closed
Saturday: 10am - 4.00pm
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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