Repair Cafés

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Repair Cafés are pop-up community events that match people who need stuff fixed with people who like fixing things - they are completely non-commercial and volunteer-run. There are several Repair Cafés that happen regularly in South Cambs.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • Repair Cafés bring people together;
  • fixing broken things is better for the environment and can save you money – both of which are very satisfying – a repairers can teach you skills that will help you repair your things in future;
  • Repair Cafés are run by volunteers – if you enjoy fixing and mending, perhaps you could lend a hand?

I love the camaraderie of the repairers, the social interaction with repairees and the ability to convince people to have a go themselves and to not waste stuff.” A Repair Café volunteer repairer

 

 

 

 

How to contact

Where to go

Abington
Great Abington
Cambridge
UK

Barrington
Cambridge
UK

Bassingbourn
Royston
UK

Cambourne
Cambridge
UK

Cottenham
Cambridge
UK

Eddington Square
Eddington Avenue
Cambridge
UK

Fulbourn
Cambridge
UK

Girton
Cambridge
UK

Great Shelford
Cambridge
UK

Linton
Cambridge
UK

Royston
UK

Sawston
Cambridge
UK

Stapleford
Cambridge
UK

Waterbeach
Cambridge
UK

Whittlesford
Cambridge
UK

Willingham
UK

What to expect

Repair Cafés are run by volunteers and you’ll find at least two Cafés happening most months in South Cambridgeshire and Royston – find out dates, times and locations here. Locations on the map are places that have regular annual/biannual Repair Cafés, but other villages have one-off events.

Repair Cafés usually take place at the weekend and are organised and hosted by green groups, charities, enthusiasts, community groups and parish councils. At each event you’ll find a café serving hot drinks and cakes, as well as a team of volunteer repairers with various skills and tools who can fix things.

More information

If you have an item that needs repairing, you can contact the organisers and book it in ahead of the event. Items that can be repaired include toys, bikes, clothes, small electrical appliances, small items of furniture, laptops, printers – basically anything that isn’t too bulky and won’t make too much of a mess!  Once your item is booked in,  you’ll be given a time slot when you can turn up, have a cup of tea and sit & chat to a repairer whilst they attempt to fix your item – you might even pick up some skills whilst you watch. When you arrive, you’ll be asked to sign a simple agreement (click on the photo in the image gallery for details).

If you are someone who enjoys tinkering and fixing things, you may want to volunteer to be a repairer or even set up a Repair Café in your village – you can contact Cambridge Carbon Footprint for advice &  training about how to do this.

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There is no charge for entry or repair but donations are gratefully received to help pay for costs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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