New Repair Cafe at Dusty Forge – needs volunteers.


Volunteers Needed For Autumn Launch of Repair Cafe at Dusty Forge.

Repair Cafes are regular pop-up events run by volunteers offering a free repair service aiming to fix broken items such as: clothing, electrical, IT, bikes, toys, ornaments, and small furniture. People bringing items for repair are welcomed to a friendly space with tea and coffee – providing an informal opportunity to talk with local volunteers and find out about other community-based projects and services in their area.

Repair cafes have spread across northern Europe recently: their key aims are to reduce waste, share skills, and encourage community cohesion. We’re working with Repair Cafe Wales and members of Unite Community’s Cardiff & Area branch to set up a repair cafe in Cardiff West for local people to save money by not having to replace broken items.

We’re launching our repair cafe at Dusty Forge on SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER to offer local people a regular monthly opportunity to have items repaired and\or work as part of a volunteer team of fixers and hosts. These Saturday morning repair cafes will complement other projects expanding into weekend services at the Dusty including ACE’s recently-launched community pantry.


Volunteers are key to the success of repair cafes and we’re now building up a pool of people who can spare time on Saturdays once a month 10am – 2pm – we’re flexible about how often you can contribute because we recognise life gets busy sometimes.  Interested in sharing your skills as a ‘fixer’ or offering to welcome local people to our new repair cafe as a ‘host’?

To find out more contact Dave Horton, ACE Development Manager on 02920-003132 or email him at

For more information about repair cafes in Wales visit To find out about the wider repair cafe movement see the Summer 2019 issue of Clean Slate published by the Centre for Alternative Technology – read the article ‘Make do and mend’ via and search ‘clean slate’ pp 30-32.

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