A Repair Cafe is a place where the local community can come together to carry out simple repairs on items that would otherwise be thrown away. Started in Amsterdam in 2009 Repair Cafe is now a worldwide movement. There are 2,000 running across the globe and in 2018 they stopped around 350 tonnes of stuff from going to waste. You can bring electronics, textiles, bikes, furniture and computers for minor repairs.
Repair Cafes are a volunteer-led movement and work because they have a groundswell of support – both to run them and to use them. In the south of England Repair Cafes are operating successfully in Portsmouth, Chichester, Southampton and Lymington. Could a regular Repair Cafe work on the Isle of Wight?
Clare Seek, who was instrumental in setting up the Portsmouth Repair Cafe, will be sharing her experience and knowledge at Shaping Newport on Saturday 14th March 2020. This meeting is an opportunity for people who are keen to be part of a team to set up and help run a great social and environmental initiative to find out more.
If you want to support and develop a regular cafe on the Island – do sign up to the event on 14 March via EventBrite.
If you are interested in finding out more about how a Repair Cafe works there is information on the Repair Cafe movement website. You can also drop in to a local repair cafe in Portsmouth, Southampton or Lymington with an item to repair – or just to see for yourself how they work.