Repair cafes

Can you help out at the Vision 21 Re-Generation Café?

repair cafeAre you a handy with a hammer, a sewing supremo, or a techie-tinkerer?

Vision 21 has teamed up with the Product Design students at University of Gloucestershire to create a free monthly repair event, called the Re-generation Café. It takes place on the first Saturday of every month in Cheltenham at St Andrew's Church Centre.

They want to hear from people who can repair small household items, serve refreshments or help out with the smooth running of the event. They would like to build up a reservoir of tradespeople or skilled 'amateurs' that are willing to give up a few hours of their time one Saturday a month to help repair all sorts of items.

Why not pop in and have a look!

Anyone interested in getting involved can contact Dave Entwistle from Vision 21 on 01242 228823 or email office@vision21.org.uk

Venue: St Andrew's Church Centre, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP
Date: First Saturday of the month
Time: 10am - 1pm (Last entry half an hour before closing time to allow for repairs)
More info: Dave Entwistle Vision 21 01242 228823 or email office@vision21.org.uk

We throw away vast quantities of things in our county every year. Many items have almost nothing wrong with them, but unfortunately lots of people have forgotten or don't know how to repair things themselves.

We are looking to help local organisations set up a network of 'Repair Cafés' within the county, and we are keen to hear from anyone who would like to get involved in helping others to learn how to mend things.

The Repair Café idea started in Holland and there are Repair Café's across Europe offering regular opportunities for people to bring broken items along for free for volunteer 'menders' to repair. Items such as clothes, small electricals, furniture, bric-a-brac, bikes and electronics are usually brought along. The volunteer menders might have a personal interest in sewing, for example, or already volunteer with a furniture repair organisation, or they might run a small business, such as a local computer repairer.

By sitting with the volunteers as they carry out the repairs, people can also pick up valuable skills which in turn will lead to less and less items being discarded as 'unfixable'.

Recycle for Gloucestershire want to bring together potential Repair Café organisers with volunteers who have repair skills and tools. The venue might be a local school, charity organisation, faith or community hall or library. The type of organisations and people who might get involved range from reuse organisations, Transition Town groups, small businesses, craft enthusiasts, lecturers, teachers, mechanics, people with sewing skills, DIY-ers, in fact anyone with a desire to keep waste out of landfill.

Organising and sustaining reuse events can take up a lot of time and energy. To help increase your chance of survival it's better to find other people who can help and support you. We can help by offering advice and support, and putting you in touch with other groups locally (Nailsworth has a regular repair café, and Cheltenham will open its Re-Generation Cafe soon) and nationally who have experience of running projects such as this.

Please email waste@gloucestershire.gov.uk or phone 01452 426654 for more information.

 

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