BRING YOUR BROKEN HOUSEHOLD ITEMS FOR REPAIR!
So what is a Repair Cafe?
Repair Café is an 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 their item, whilst sharing the skills and knowledge in the art of repair….. often over a cup of coffee or tea. The types of items repaired are varied however often include – clothing and textiles, electronics, toys, fashion/costume jewellery, tools, kitchen gadgets, timber joins, picture frames and virtually any household item that can be carried in. There is no cost to attend however donations to cover event costs are appreciated, and any spare parts required are the responsibility of the item owner.
The Concept is simple, however the outcomes for our community are significant.
There are close to 3000 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
The GCTL Team are not currently hosting Repair Cafe events.
Due to time constraints we are not currently hosting these amazing community events, however we aim to do so again in the future. We are looking for a volunteer event coordinator to operate the events so if you or someone you know is passionate about repair and extending the life of our well loved items, please contact us and let’s talk.
Australian Repair Network.
Find a Repair Cafe event near you. There are over 100 Repair Cafe or fix it style events happening around the country and you can find their location via this map.
The closest Repair Cafe to the GC can be found on Tamborine Mountain and operate each Wednesday and Friday morning. Details on their Facebook page.
How can you be involved?
Bring in your...
broken item for repair, or just drop in and see what we do.
battery powered or 12 volt electronics.
how much fun it is to pull stuff apart in our kids’ area.
as a mender or fixer.
someone’s much loved jewellery.
Greet our guests...
and explain how the Repair Café works.
items of clothing, bags, belts or shoes.
a bike or repair a lawnmower
of the administration team to make sure the day runs smoothly.
Do you like to sew...
repair, glue, pull things apart and troubleshoot?
…over a repair with fellow fixers and have a go.
and spread the word in our communications team.
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.
Feature image credit: Repair Cafe BC Canada.