Repair cafés, also known as repair shops, are places where skilled individuals volunteer their tools and materials to help fix cherished items that are no longer functional or are damaged. There are a variety of items that can be fixed for free or at little cost, such as a bicycle's broken chain, a worn-out teddy bear, a toaster that fails to pop up and more.
Get in touch with one of the repair cafés to have a chat about the item you'd like to have restored. If they can take on your project, an appointment will be offered so you can drop it off.
Most repair cafés ask for a donation for charity or community purposes. There may also be a charge if spare parts are required to complete a repair.
Repair cafés are looking for volunteers with the necessary skills for repairs, as well as those who can serve as coffee-makers, friendly greeters, or individuals capable of managing websites and administrative tasks. Running a repair café requires significant effort, much of which is carried out by committed volunteers.
Get in touch with your local repair café to enquire about how you can contribute.