‘Repair Cafe’ to launch in Chiswick

Image above: a repair cafe in Reading

A local group who describe themselves as “keen environmentalists” involved with various local green initiatives are planning to set up a ‘Repair Cafe’ in Chiswick.

The idea is that people will bring broken or worn items to the Repair Cafe and the volunteers will help them to mend it, or advise what else can be done. Visitors will pay for the parts and will be asked to make a donation to the Repair Cafe running costs.

The voluntary initiative, which will operate on Saturdays between 11.00am and 1.00pm every other month starting in the autumn, aims to reduce waste, share repair skills and enhance the local community.

Organisers hope to offer small electrical or electronic repairs, carpentry repairs, repairs for toys, computers and laptops (not mobile phones), knife & tool sharpening, sewing repairs and small bike repairs.

The group are looking for volunteers who are able to help run the Repair Cafe. People with ‘skills / knowledge of how to repair things’ are encouraged to get in touch as well as people to work as hosts, receptionists, waiting staff, and physical labourers to move heavy furniture.

More information about the initiative will be available at a coffee morning at Christ Church Turnham Green, on Saturday 9 July between 10.30am – 12.00pm noon for anyone who is interested.

Those interested can email chiswickrepaircafe@gmail.com to offer their help or for more information.

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