Chiswick Repair Cafe – first meeting

Image above: Interested parties at the Repair Cafe first meeting – sewing group

“Delighted with the response and enthusiasm”

The organisers of the Repair Cafe, planned for an autumn opening in Chiswick, were delighted with the turn out to their first meeting. They had asked people interested in the idea to come and hear about how the Repair Café will operate.

More than 30 people came to find out about the initiative, by four people who describe themselves as ‘Environmental Champions’, involved with various green initiatives around Chiswick.

The aim is to help to address the challenge of how we can move away from being a throw-away society.  The plan is to open a cafe in October where people can bring things to be mended.

“It’s a voluntary initiative to reduce waste, share repair skills and enhance the local community.  People bring broken/worn items to the Repair Café and the volunteers help them to mend it, or advise them on what else can be done.  Visitors pay for the parts and are asked to make a donation to the Repair Café running costs” the organisers told The Chiswick Calendar.

They plan to operate monthly on Saturdays, between10.30am -1pm, starting in October.

The people who came to the first public meeting last Saturday heard what the organisers had in mind and discussed in groups how they might each be able to contribute to the project. Pictured above is the sewing group and below, the carpentry group.

Image above: Interested parties at the Repair Cafe first meeting – carpentry group

When the cafe opens, the offering will depend on the volunteer skills available, but they hope to offer:

Small electrical /electronic repairs

Carpentry repairs (e.g. gluing chairs)

Toy repairs

Computers & laptops (not mobile phones)

Sewing repairs: mending /darning

Small bike repairs

“We were absolutely delighted with the response and enthusiasm of all the volunteers who attended our coffee morning” they said.

If anyone else would like to get involved, either with skills / knowledge to offer on on how to repair things, or to act as hosts / receptionists / to serve refreshments or to move furniture, please get in contact with them at chiswickrepaircafe@gmail.com.

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