Repair Cafe3The Repair Cafe is an international movement that began 10 years ago in the Netherlands. Since then there are hundreds of repair cafes in many countries across the world.

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things together. You’ll find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields; clothing, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, toys, etc.

Visitors bring their broken items from home, the specialists then work with the owners to make the repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

The Leamington Spa Repair Cafe was set up in July 2018, it is a collaborative effort between Mental Health Together, the Sydni Centre and Action 21. One of the main instigators and organisers of the cafe being our very own Raphaelle Miller.

MHT is happy to support the repair cafe as we see it as important to mental wellbeing for the following reasons:

  • there is a strong sense of community created by the volunteers, they learn skills from each other and are always willing to help each other out with any tricky repairs
  • for some of our volunteers, the repair cafe offers a new sense of purpose, as their skills are highly valued in an increasingly disposable society
  • the repair cafe provides an inclusive environment where members of the public can bring in their items for repair, or just come for a look about and have a cuppa and a chat
  • reducing waste and landfill by repairing items provides a real sense of wellbeing to both repairers and owners.

MHT Volunteers help out with roles like organisation, reception and providing our repairers with tea and coffee.

The Leamington Repair Cafe is open for business on the first Saturday of every month from 11am to 2pm at the Sydni Centre, Cottage Square, Sydenham, CV31 1PT.

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