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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.

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Lovely job by our friends @EmmausHerts completed a beautiful set of Oak Arts & Crafts dining chairs in Matthew Will… https://t.co/R6VDFVxkhG

25th September 2020 7:22 PM

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25th September 2020 4:36 PM

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21st September 2020 4:12 PM

Fantastic being able to welcome back @EmmausHerts for the restart of their weekly visits to our Partnership worksho… https://t.co/cOOulmDxqm

18th September 2020 1:30 PM

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15th September 2020 8:57 PM

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

Latest News

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