Brand Recovery is a Community Interest Company which is a form of social enterprise. We are constitutionally bound to provide support to vulnerable groups, currently targeted within Derby. Unlike other companies we re-invest any profits back into Derby to further our work.
We originally formed in 2014 where we ran an initial pilot programme for the Brand Recovery concept. After proving an overwhelming success we decided to form a social enterprise in May 2015.
We provide all of the training to vulnerable groups free of charge and are reliant on grant funding, support from the private sector and donations to keep our work ongoing.
Unlike some similar providers we can assure you that all qualifications are verified by external colleges, universities and educational establishments to ensure you obtain nationally accredited qualifications.
Brand Recovery is uniquely placed in it’s design to offer education, training and employment support to vulnerable groups in Derby. We provide courses in textiles and furniture that run for approximately 6-8 weeks in duration.
We know it can be a daunting thought of attending a new service or meeting new people. Let us reassure you, the programme we provide is designed to be fun, interactive and most importantly you will be learning alongside people with similar experiences and backgrounds to you – they will understand you!
Whilst we need to do some paperwork to complete your qualifications we keep this to a minimum and aim to ensure you spend most of your time working on your own projects supported by our friendly tutors. Your average week at Brand Recovery is Monday – Thursday working towards your textiles or furniture qualification and Friday morning working towards your employability skills.
We over certificated qualifications in Textiles, Furniture and Employability.
Our courses last for 6-8 weeks and run Monday – Friday. If you have appointments during the week we can release you to attend these. For parents, carers or individuals in similar circumstances we can also offer part time courses over a longer duration.
We also offer English and Maths qualifications for anyone who does not possess GCSE or equivalent grade C or above.
Our programme will support you to overcome boredom and isolation which may be hindering your progress. We aim to help you get structure back into your day and have positive impacts that will last long beyond your involvement with us.
Through participation in the programme you will improve your employment or further education prospects.
We have continually found those attending Brand Recovery have been overwhelmingly supportive to each other and many have formed positive new friendships that have lasted beyond attendance at the courses.
We limit the numbers attending Brand Recovery to 6-8 people for each course. We do this to ensure it does not feel too crowded and most importantly to ensure every learner gets quality time and support from our expert tutors.
We know trying something new can be a little daunting. If you are referred to us the first thing we always do is to invite you to come in to see us for a drink and a look around. You’ll be able to ask any questions and meet some of the other learners who will tell you what they think. If you decide after a visit that Brand Recovery isn’t for you we won’t contact you again.
We have many varied projects that can be worked on. Wherever possible we aim to find something that enthuses you and link your learning around this. For anyone undertaking textiles training we ask you to make two of everything you work on – the first item is yours to take home and the second we sell via our online shops to pay for the cost of materials for future learners.
There will be no changes at all to your benefits. If you are on Job Seekers Allowance you will usually be allowed to stop having to evidence weekly job applications for the time you are attending Brand Recovery.
For anyone on sickness (ESA) benefit the Job Centre are happy to support you attending our courses. At the end of the course your ESA benefit continues unchanged – doing Brand Recovery doesn’t mean having your benefit stopped or cut at the end.