Southampton's Repair Cafe happens on the 1st Saturday of every month (except January)
See the Transition Southampton main page for dates and venues or contact us at repaircafe[at]transitionsouthampton.org
The repair cafe is going from strength to strength, with new repairers volunteering to join our team - but we do still need general helpers to manage the flows of visitors thorugh the cafe and more repairers are also welcome especially those with skills in electrical repair, bikes and sewing.
Since we opened,members of the public have brought nearly 300 bikes, clothes, electrical goods, computers, jewellery, furniture and other goods to be glue, nailed or otherwise repaired. Not everything can be repaired (our success rate is around 80%) but even when something can't be fixed, visitors are grateful for the advice our talented repairers can give.
Our most popular repairs are to electrical goods (40%) followed by sewing (20%), then bikes and jewellery (both 15%). The remaining 10% is made up of everything else. Around 30% of our visitors come back to a future cafe with further items for repair.
Please always check in at the reception desk, whether you have come for a repair, want to find out more about repair cafe, or would like to volunteer.
Items must be hand portable. If you have more than one item please fill in a disclaimer form for the one you'd like looed at first. when that is done we will give you a form for your second item. (This is to ensure everyone gets their turn with the repairers, especially during busy periods.
Repair cafe is about sharing skills as much as about saving items from the bin and where practical you will be encouraged to learn how the repair is being done and pick up new skills. Please stay with your repairer while they are doing the work. Remember they are volunteers and be courteous!
Not everything can be repaired so you may be advised to replace an item or take it to a shop for professional repair. We do not want to put commercial repair shops out of business and we can give you a map of local repair shops you can use.
If you need to buy a part before the irem can be fixed, you may be able to pop out to buy it during the cafe but if time is short you may have to return the following month.
The repairers are working with various tools and instruments and we must safeguard against possible injury occurring – if you have brought children with you please keep a very close eye on them whilst you are with us.
Please remember that all our repairers are volunteers but donations are needed to help pay for venue hire and the future development of the service.
If you would like to help us:
We have several repairers on our list but still need more, especially - but not exclusively - in the following fields: ceramic repairs, metal work, garden tool repair and electrical PAT testing – so if you have repair skills or know anyone who does, please get in touch! We pay expenses and for consumables and repairers get a free cuppa and cake. The cafe runs monthly but we plan to have enough repairers to have a rota, so no one will have to come every month if they don’t want to! We provide insurance cover. We also need volunteers to meet and greet, to help match visitors to the appropriate repairer and to help people search online for additional sources of help. Even if you can't come along on when the cafe is open day there may be things you can do to help repair cafe, such as publicity.
In addition to repairers we need volunteers to meet and greet visitors, triage (matching the visitor to the right repairer), general help on the day (putting up signs and notices etc), session organiser (liaising with repairers, managing expenses etc), and behind the scenes functions such as publicity and social media.If you would like to know more or can help in any way at all please contact repaircafe[at]transitionsouthampton.org
After our successful Repair Cafe at Shirley Warren Working Together's "money saving" event we will return to our usual venue, Freemantle United Reformed Church hall, 257 Shirley Rd SO15 3HS on Sat 6th May. The Repair Cafe will be open from 10.30am-1pm, with all our usual repairers - electrical , jewellery, sewing, bikes etc. This event will be part of the 2017 Big Bike Revival (6 May -18 June), which should include not just bike repairs but also led rides, "try a bike" sessions and free cycle training. Details will be posted soon.
Future repair cafe dates at Freemantle URC: 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, 5 August.