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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. 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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Twitter Feed

@UpcycledHour @thebestofWelHat @allypallyfm @WelwynGarden @instagram Yes please do, will get Holly to brush up on her instaskills :)

18th May 2018 3:20 PM

At least a dozen vibrant upholstery projects on the go.. aiming to complete several before end of May @UpcycledHourhttps://t.co/PfICGM7nts

18th May 2018 3:14 PM

Fort York Red by @FusionPaint with a custom mix of other @FusionPaintUK for the detailing. Leanne demonstrating how… https://t.co/QjzZ86AriH

14th May 2018 4:37 PM

See you tomorrow @allypallyfm we've got a full van load :) https://t.co/eqVVyucSF9

5th May 2018 4:35 PM

Thinking of bringing this along to @allypallyfm on Sunday - Salvaged chest of drawers from early 1800's now up-cycl… https://t.co/e6CCGuJOOs

2nd May 2018 9:57 AM

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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