What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a light that no longer works? Toss it? No way!
You can repair it at the Repair Café.
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). The types of items that can be repaired and reused include clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery and toys.
We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things 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. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge.
Repair Café is changing all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge can be passed on. Our possessions are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. It cuts CO2 emissions, for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.
Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.
But most of all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?
The Goodlife Centre’s light and airy workspace in Waterloo is an ideal environment for a Repair Café, which is free to attend. Visitors are encouraged to bring a broken item from home for assessment and, if considered repairable by the organisers, can start making their repairs in the Repair Café. DIY and electrical experts from The Goodlife Centre will be on stand-by to advise and a selection of tools and materials will be made available for use on the day.Please note- we wont have specific spare parts for that 1952 toaster that has stopped working. It’s an ongoing learning process in a friendly social environment with plenty of tea or coffee on hand.
The types of items that can be repaired and reused include furniture, simple electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery and some toys. In fact, there is very little that cannot be given a new lease of life.
We hope that the Repair Café will help Londoners view all of their possessions in a new light and appreciate their lifelong value. By reducing our dependency on throwing away and starting over and instead focusing on repairing and reusing items, we hope to inspire enthusiasm for a sustainable society.
The Goodlife Centre is about sharing practical knowledge and learning traditional skills for life and this is very much in line with the values of the Repair Café concept. By hosting a regular Repair Café, we hope not only to encourage sustainability in our borough, but to facilitate a community that learns from each other. If you are a fixer with good repair skills and some time to donate- get in touch and some over to the helping side.
London’s first Repair Café will take place at The Goodlife Centre on Sunday 22nd July from 2pm – 5pm. The Goodlife Centre is just ten minutes from Waterloo, Borough and Southwark tube stations.
For full details of the Repair Café concept that originated in Holland go to http://repaircafe.org/
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