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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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Very proud of Holly, great interview @BBC3CR today @nickcoffer here's a link and our bit is at 1:15:30… https://t.co/sYMtrsghdt

11th November 2019 5:19 PM

Fish n Chips for lunch today, well it is Friday! Welcoming back @EmmausHerts to join us today for another workshop… https://t.co/tkd59OUfTR

8th November 2019 5:13 PM

Fantastic to welcome a group from @JCPinHerts for their 1st workshop session today -all an absolute pleasure & deli… https://t.co/tfPKxVpdWm

6th November 2019 3:22 PM

Latest pieces from our workshop @TheHouseofUp @Preloved with the help of @FusionPaintUK all just listed on… https://t.co/4idWkTqwNE

1st November 2019 6:43 PM

@HertsHour We have been going for nearly 7 years & thinking its about time we introduced ourselves. Up-cycling furn… https://t.co/DKfRo6SGnd

28th October 2019 8:20 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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