Cambridge's Next Repair Cafe!

Got something to repair? Bring it along to Cambridge's next Repair Café.

Date: 22 Sept 2018
Time: tbc
Venue: St Andrew's Hall, Chesterton CB4 1DH
Cost: Free, donations towards Repair Café costs very welcome
More info: Other local Repair Cafés are coming up in Soham, Great Shelford, Cottenham and Waterbeach. Times, venues and booking details are on the CircularCambridge website. For details on the international repair movement see the Repair Cafe web-site. Or read this Guardian article from 15 March 2018.

Read our blog about the amazing World's Biggest Repair Café that we held in Cambridge on 11 November 2017. We smashed the existing record of 150 successful repairs, achieving 232! An incredible 375 items were brought in,105 people made the day happen (that includes 46 repairers and 59 other volunteers, stallholders and speakers) and around 550 people took part in all. Feedback so far indicates that not only did people get their items repaired, but that they learnt a lot and were blown away by the friendliness of the event.

What to bring - Booking info - Cafe - Get involved - Organized by... - Repair cafe movement

The Repair Café idea is really simple – people who have stuff that needs to be fixed get together with people who can help them fix it - and you can pick up some simple repair skills at the same time! We don't guarantee that we'll be able to fix your item but we'll do our best.

What to bring

At our next Repair Café we hope to be able to repair small household gadgets and electricals, computers, bikes, books, clean clothes and small fiddly bits and bobs and will keep this page updated as repairers with different skills sign up to help. If you already know that your item will need a spare part (e.g. new mobile phone screen, new zip) please bring this along so that the repairers can do the repair.

Make a booking

Do you have something that needs repairing? Please send us details of your broken item beforehand if possible and we'll get back to you with the best time to bring it in. Our online booking form will be available in July/August. We'll do our best to fit you in if you don't book in advance, but we will probably have to ask you to wait for a repairer to be free.

Enjoy repairing things?

We're always keen to involve more repairers, so please get in touch if you'd like to lend a hand at this or at future events! Let us know what sorts of things you can repair, and we’ll be in touch.

Cafe

Tea and cake available of course!

Cost

Free, all welcome! We're all volunteers, giving our time for free, and welcome donations to help us cover our costs: venue, printing and materials for repairs.

Get involved

We always need lots of help! Here are some specific things we're looking for help with, but if you could just help out generally with whatever needs doing, that will also be appreciated - please Let us know if you'd like to help out.

  • as a repairer - even if you haven't repaired with us before, please get in touch so we can talk you through how we can involve you
  • help putting up posters round town/libraries/workplaces etc - we will have lots if you'd rather not print one out
  • help setting up and clearing up
  • transport to take things and bring them back

Co-organizers

Organised by Cambridge Area Repair Café network (aka Cambridge Skillshare and Repair) a partnership between Transition Cambridge and Cambridge Carbon Footprint, and supported by Drapers Tools and Mackays.

The Repair Cafe movement

The Repair Café movement is growing rapidly, and is all about people helping each other out, learning how to fix things which are fixable, and keeping stuff out of landfill.