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 wait in 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 aim to reduce waste, share skills, encourage community cohesion and help people living on the breadline save household costs. ACE (Action for Caerau & Ely) is working with Repair Cafe Wales and members of Unite Community Cardiff & Area branch to run a regular repair cafe in west Cardiff on the fourth Saturday of each month.
We’re launching our repair cafe at Dusty Forge on SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER to offer local people an opportunity to have items repaired and\or work as part of a volunteer team of fixers and hosts. The Cafe morning repair will be a regular 4th Saturday every month.
– introductory session for volunteers on Saturday 12 October 10am-12noon.
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-1pm – 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’? We plan an introductory\orientation session for volunteers on Saturday 12 October 10am-12noon. To find out more contact Dave Horton, ACE Development Manager via email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit repaircafewales.org. 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 cat.org.uk and search ‘clean slate’ pp 30-32.