cool scheme, excellent service And products


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)

Herts County Council

Our sister social enterprise The Secret Space


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Twitter Feed

Great job Dan one of our recent additions to the Team completed his first #mixnmatch dining set all in @FusionPaint

20th March 2018 5:24 PM

New leaflet with current opening days/times & regular market details @thebestofWelHat @WelwynGarden @UpcycledHour

17th March 2018 7:04 AM

Planning on bringing this along to @allypallyfm Sunday, if it survives our open workshop tomorrow 10-4…

16th March 2018 3:29 PM

@planet_rita @allypallyfm Thank you, looks great - we will be there Sunday can you bring it along?

13th March 2018 8:55 AM

FREE Beano Comics for all the kiddie's on Sunday @allypallyfm 2010-2017 issues all in good condition @UpcycledHour

9th March 2018 3:59 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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