Our First Repair Cafe – April 30

We’re so excited to announce our first Repair Cafe on Sunday, April 30th, 1-5pm. Everyone is welcome to attend and bring an item for repair, and additionally skilled volunteers are being sought to help on the day with the repairs or give out advice.

What is a Repair Cafe? 

It’s a community-based initiative that aims to promote sustainability by repairing items instead of throwing them away, reducing waste, and promoting a circular economy.  It is part of a larger movement of Repair Cafes around the world, which began in the Netherlands in 2009 and has since spread to more than 50 countries.

Attendees can bring in their broken items, such as clothing, electronics, small appliances, bicycles, and furniture, and skilled volunteers will be on hand to provide free repair services and advice. Volunteers may also teach attendees how to repair their items independently in future, thereby taking a more active role in reducing waste and increasing the longevity of their belongings.

Mission Aligned

The Repair Cafe concept sees Makers Mill drawing from its early G.A.L.A. roots to help reduce mountains of waste. “Repairing items instead of discarding them is an important step towards a more sustainable future,” said Josh Arnold, Executive Director of Makers Mill. “The Repair Cafe brings together skilled volunteers and community members to share knowledge and promote repair culture. It’s a great opportunity for people to learn new skills and connect with their community while reducing waste and saving money.”

Repair Café also puts neighbors in touch with each other to discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Nadine San Antonio, a volunteer on Makers Mill’s Program Committee, shares, “If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of pants together with a previously unfamiliar neighbour, you look at that person in a different light the next time you run into them on the street. Jointly making repairs can lead to pleasant contacts in the community.”

Want to help out?

Makers Mill is still in need of additional volunteers with certain “fix-it” skill sets to be available during the Repair Cafe to assist attendees in repairing their broken items, or giving advice on how to fix them.  If you are, or know someone, who is skilled at woodworking, sewing and mending, bicycle maintenance, metal and machining, or electronics, and you’re available on Sunday, April 30th to help out, reach out to Repair Cafe co-organizer Nadine San Antonio by next Wednesday, April 26th to sign up as a volunteer Repair Cafe “coach”.  Nadine can be reached at 603-391-5661 or by emailing sanantn54@gmail.com.

How to register

The Repair Cafe will be a regular monthly event held on the last Sunday of each month between 1-5 pm.  You can register on our website events page. Registration is based on a sliding scale from $0-$25 to keep the event accessible while also supporting the sustainability of the program. Attendees are encouraged to bring any tools or materials that may be necessary for their repairs. Personal tools should be marked or labelled so they won’t get mixed up with the makerspace tools. 

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer to help during the event, contact Nadine San Antonio by calling 603-391-5661 or by emailing sanantn54@gmail.com

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