Each month in The Old Library | FREE
Bring your broken and worn out items and join us to learn how to repair and mend, save money and be part of a community sharing crafts, knowledge and creative skills. At the first Repair Room in February 2019 we mended 14 items, including 4 jackets, an antique music box - and the volunteer experts also gave advice meaning that other items (including a Hetty Hoover!) were able to be repaired after the event.
The Ola Cafe will be open, so even if you have nothing to repair, come along and enjoy a cuppa or lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.
When are they?
We generally hold Repair Rooms on the first Wednesday of each month here at The Old Library between 10am and 1pm. Click here to see specific dates and timings.
What is it?
Like a Repair Café, the Repair Room is a free meeting place where you can come to repair something or learn new skills. There are tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need, and expert volunteers with repair skills in all kinds of fields.
Just bring along your broken items, such as clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. and you'll be shown how to repair them by the specialist helpers.
Did you know...?
One product successfully repaired at a Repair Café can prevent up to 24 kilos of CO2 being emitted.
Steve Privett of the University of Surrey examined data of almost 3000 repairs carried out at 13 Repair Cafés in the UK. He looked at all kinds of aspects regarding the products and their repair: the weight of the item, the distance that visitors travelled to have it repaired, the period of time that the product could be used again after the repair.
His findings suggest that all Repair Cafés in the world (currently 1689) together can possibly save over 709.000 kilos of CO2 every month. This equates to a saving of over 8.500.000 kilos of CO2 per year. Given the estimation that an average person in the western world causes 10.000 kilos of CO2 to be emitted every year, this means that the Repair Café movement at this moment can prevent the yearly CO2 emissions of up to 850 people.
A significant barrier to repair can also be the lack of repair skills with the general public. Privett argues that ordinary people may lack the skills to diagnose and rectify faults in household products and, as a result, tend to throw them away, whereas the high success rates in Repair Cafés indicate that many faults can be rectified.
You can read a summary of Privett's research here.