Repair cafes are community events which match people with broken household and electronic items, bikes and often clothing with skilled people who like fixing things. The purpose of the events is to bring about a shift away from consumerism and viewing household items as disposable. The focus is on skill-sharing and building community, as attendees will be invited to learn how to fix their broken item alongside the repairers instead of throwing them in the bin.
In recent years we have received grant funding to support community repair initiatives. Working in partnership with Oxfordshire County Council and many community action groups we have developed new guides, supported new groups to get started, trained people up in basic repair skills, and raised the profile of repair cafés across Oxfordshire. Our funding for this project has recently ended but there is still lots happening and support available from our staff team and the many experienced volunteers in our network.
Find a Repair Cafe
There are nearly 20 regular repair cafe's around Oxfordshire with at least one in every district. Some run weekly, some monthly and others on a more ad hoc basis but you shouldn't have to travel far to find your local one. Clic kthe button below to find a list of repair cafe's and also follow the Facebook page for regular updates.
What happens at a Repair Cafe?
Oxfordshire Recycles visited Wolvercote Repair Cafe to find out more. Watch the video here:
Check out the most recent events on our Facebook page.