March 2015 saw the launch of our first ever Repair Café at the Ken Kennett Centre on Justin’s Avenue. We’re hoping to make them a regular feature of our calendar so if you’d like to get involved please contact us.
Repair Cafés are places where you can get things repaired, find out how to do repairs yourself, and have fun as well as coffee and cake! Since the first Repair Café opened in Amsterdam in October 2009, hundreds have been run around the world – showing people how simple repairs can give things a new lease of life and, of course, keep them out of landfill.
We’re looking for volunteers who can offer all sorts repairing skills – bike repairs, sewing, knife sharpening, simple electrical and woodwork repairs, as well as general household repairs. Repairs are offered on a best efforts basis and we carry out them out for free. Please bear in mind that owners may be asked to pay for new parts if these are needed and if for any reason we can’t repair the item owners will be asked to take them away to be disposed of responsibly.
Not sure which end of a screwdriver is which? Not a problem, we’ll also need folk willing to make and serve cakes; serve teas and coffees; act as our reception desk or “triage” – welcoming folk, signing them in and checking the item to see what repair is needed then directing the owner to the right repairer.
Want to get involved? Just contact us and we’ll let you know more.