New charity and social enterprise launches in Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 August 2013

Social Enterprise business leader for Recover Ian Block

Social Enterprise business leader for Recover Ian Block


A NEW charity which repairs old furniture and sells it on, while helping people get into work, held an open day on Saturday.

Some of the Recover volunteersSome of the Recover volunteers

The Recover workshop, at Tewin Court, Welwyn Garden City, officially opened last week. Volunteers there refurbish old furniture right from design –researching current trends and techniques, planning how they can make a saleable piece while still putting their personal stamp on it.

They work on their chosen piece of furniture, repairing, sanding, painting and varnishing before finally learning about pricing and marketing.

At the launch visitors were given an opportunity to buy finished products, meet volunteers and help get involved by donating unwanted items of furniture.

The social enterprise is supported by CRI, a health and social care charity which delivers the Spectrum drug and alcohol recovery service for Hertfordshire County Council.

Some of the Recover volunteersSome of the Recover volunteers

Business manager Ian Block said: “Volunteering at Recover is an important part of the recovery journey for Spectrum’s service users.”

He added: “A large number of people who misuse alcohol or substances have no work and Recover is a viable business that raises awareness of how volunteering can contribute to help people in the county improve their prospects of finding and keeping employment.”

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