This coming Saturday will see the first Repair Cafe in Loughborough opening its doors from 10am to noon in Fearon Hall, in Rectory Road, Loughborough.
The idea behind a Repair Cafe is to gather together some volunteer repairers who have some skills in mending various items. We then invite people who have broken items that they are about to throw away or replace to bring them along to see if they can be fixed. This reduces waste, encourages repair and reuse and hopefully shares some skills within the community.
We’ve got repairers who can mend clothes, glue together broken furniture, tinker with toys, tweak bikes and take a look at electronics. So if you’ve got something that has broken and you’re contemplating putting it out for the dustman or taking it to the tip, why not pop along to Fearon Hall on Saturday morning and see if we can help you fix it?
The repairs are free, although we’ll be happy to accept donations of course. Our repairers reserve the right to refuse to repair items that they feel would be either dangerous, illegal, beyond their skills or that would take too much time (we’re allocating about 30 minutes per repair on average, so restoring your Chippendale chair set may take a bit too long!). The repairs are being made on a best effort basis and obviously there’s not guarantee that we’ll be able to fix things or that repaired items will last for years. If the repair needs parts the repairer will try to explain what is required. We’ll also have a list of local commercial repair companies that may be able to take on larger jobs for you.
We ask that people bringing an item to repair stay with it and talk to the repairers as they are attempting to mend it. This may help the repairers make the repair and it also means that you will learn some of the skills required to make future repairs yourself.
The “cafe” part of “repair cafe” comes from the refreshments that are being sold in the Fearon Hall cafe area to people waiting for a repairer to become available. These help to cover the costs of the hall, and give a nice place to sit down and have a chat too.
We have a poster/flyer for the event below which we’d be grateful if you could pass around to friends, neighbours and work colleagues who you think might be interested in the Repair Cafe: