A community led project to inspire repair and reuse
Have you ever thought of having that broken toaster, damaged chair or torn blouse repaired instead of throwing it away and replacing with new?
Based on the original Repair Café concept conceived in Holland in 2009, Worcestershire now has 7 repair cafes where resident can take all kinds of household and personal items to be repaired free of charge.
The first repair café in Worcestershire in Malvern opened its doors in December 2012 and as the longest standing repair café it welcomes on average 52 'repairees' every month. Over the last three years it has repaired over 2000 items, which previously would have been consigned to the bin!
And no repair is too small or too challenging for the teams! After assessment of the broken item, the appropriately skilled repairer will work their magic and by encouraging the repairee to sit with them so that they learn new and/or revive forgotten practical skills.
There is no charge for the repair and advice service but donations are welcome and these help to cover costs and ensure that the service remains free for everyone at the point of delivery.
The Repair Cafés are:
Bewdley Repair Café
Location: St George's Hall, Bewdley DY12 2EQ
When: Third Saturday every month (except August) 10.00am to 2.00pm
Droitwich Repair Cafés: Bromsgrove and Droitwich Makerspace
Location: Droitwich Library, Victoria Square, Droitwich WR9 8DQ
When: Third Saturday each month. 10.00am to 3.00pm
Evesham Repair Café
Location: Evesham Methodist Church, 69 Bridge Street, Evesham WR11 4SF
When: Second Saturday every month 10.00am to 2.00pm
Kidderminster Repair Café
Location: Kidderminster Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster DY1- 1PF
When: First Saturday every month (except August) 10.00am to 2.00pm
Malvern Hills Repair Café
Location: Friends Meeting House, 1 Orchard Road, Malvern WR14 3DA
When: Third Saturday every month 10.00am to 2.00pm
Redditch Repair Café
Location: Community House, 103 Easemore road, Redditch, B98 8EY
When: Last Saturday every month (except December) 10.00am to 2.00pm
Worcester Repair Café
Location: Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
When: Second Saturday every month (except August) 11.00am to 2.00pm
Please click to check the Facebook pages of all the Repair Café's for current information and dates of the next session.
Each repair café diverts on average 2 to 3 tonnes of waste from landfill each year as well as reinforcing the traditional messages of reusing items rather than throwing them away.
For further information about repair cafes or to set up your own please visit the official Repair Cafe website (link opens in a new window)