So what is a Repair Cafe you ask?
Repair Café is a monthly event that brings together volunteers skilled in repair and mending to fix household items brought in by members of the local community. The Fixer works with the owner to help them repair the item, whilst sharing the skills and knowledge in the art of repair….. often over a cup of coffee or tea.
Why do we offer these free events?
Post-consumer waste is a huge problem in our modern society, and this in part stems from a culture of discarding broken or unused items. We’re here to help you keep your items out of landfill and bring back the culture of repair.
The concept is simple, however the outcomes for our community and planet are significant.
What can I bring along?
Items repaired vary however usually include; clothing, bags, electronics, clocks, toys, bikes, jewellery and virtually any household item that you can carry in. Spare parts are your responsibility and if you know you need them please bring them with you, or you are welcome to return once suggestions have been made on what parts you need.
There is no cost for the repair however donations are welcome if you are happy with your repair.
We throw away vast amounts of stuff, even items with almost nothing wrong and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Repair Café changes all that and shows how much fun repairing things can be and how easy it often is. Join us at our monthly events and give it a go?
There are over 2000 Repair Cafes globally and increasing as people embrace a more sustainable way of living. Repair Cafes are not about competing with or replacing local repair shops, rather, repair events support them through raising people’s awareness and inciting their motivation to mend and repair. Repair Cafe also adds value to the social connections of the community, empowers attendees with new skills and changes the way we as a society relate to our material possessions.
How can you be involved?
Bring in your broken item for repair, or just drop in and see what we do.
Volunteer as a mender or fixer.
Do you like to sew, repair, glue, pull things apart and troubleshoot?
Repair items of clothing, bags, belts or shoes.
Troubleshoot battery powered or 12 volt electronics.
Repair someone’s much loved jewellery.
Fix a bike or repair a lawnmower.
Collaborate over a repair with fellow fixers and have a go.
Show children how much fun it is to pull stuff apart in our kids’ area.
Greet our guests and explain how the Repair Café works.
Be part of the administration team to make sure the day runs smoothly.
Promote and spread the word in our communications team.
Or suggest how you would like to be involved, maybe you have a special skill to share at an event.
The Repair Cafe concept was devised by Martine Postma, a Dutch environmentalist in 2009 and the first event was held in Amsterdam in 2010. You can read more on the Repair Cafe International website.