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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

Fab day yesterday at our workshop, many thanks to Daley and Team from @EmergingFCiC for turning up in the stifling… https://t.co/V0KyRMvDLY

22nd July 2021 1:48 PM

A few of our Teams latest pieces not yet listed online - open tomorrow Saturday 10-4 pop in and check them out… https://t.co/9I4ZUt9NGO

16th July 2021 2:07 PM

Our very last piece of @TBeasties has transformed this little footstool. Further enhanced with variegated gold leaf… https://t.co/CniYD8TpiD

14th July 2021 8:35 PM

How Jolly - our Sarah has hand painted this 1970's #Avalon chest with Daisies, totally in keeping with the era… https://t.co/vSKi48Y5CZ

3rd July 2021 5:05 PM

@HertsHour @AshleyWilde @Preloved @TheHouseofUp @RECLAIMmagazine Thank you very much indeed - will do.

29th June 2021 11:53 AM

Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 4pm
Wednesday: Closed
Saturday: 10am - 4pm
If you are making a special trip it's always best to call ahead.

Our location

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

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