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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

Delighted to be developing our Partnership with @EmmausHerts onward and upwards... @HertsCommunityF @TheHouseofUphttps://t.co/epfR2v2ih5

7th July 2020 3:46 PM

It's five years to the day since @steveurquhart from BBC Radio came and made this recording of our Team. Strong &… https://t.co/qWi7MiwySw

26th June 2020 10:58 AM

@EmmausHerts Hi Emily you look great welcome back 😘

18th June 2020 12:38 PM

@TheHouseofUp @WelHatCSP @whtimes Thanks for the retweet and support - will be interesting to see - fingers crossed.

17th June 2020 8:24 PM

This is our first attempt to 'crowdfund', please help us make it successful - if you can - see link below… https://t.co/FuY7oy90OI

17th June 2020 7:50 PM

Opening Times

Closed on 20th March due to Covid-19, will re-open as soon as safe again.
Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday: Call first
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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