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Repair Café

Learn to repair your broken items for free at the Guildford Repair Café.

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What is it?

Repair Café is an international movement that encourages people to think about re-using and repairing items rather than throwing them away.

The Guildford Repair Café is run by a dedicated group of volunteers and is supported by us.

The Café helps you to continue using and enjoying items you love. It also develops skills, reduces waste and CO2 emissions, and encourages a sustainable community.

Mend your favourite things

What do you do with a wobbly chair or when the zip breaks on your favourite jacket? Throw it away? No way! If you have an item that is broken or needs adjusting, bring it along to the Guildford Repair Café! Come and learn how to fix items yourself with the help of our friendly team of volunteer repair experts, all free of charge.

We have experts on DIY, woodwork, bike mechanics, electrical items (including portable appliance testing), sewing and upholstery who will show you how to make all possible repairs and answer your questions.

Where is it?

We aim to host an event once a month and our usual base is the Park Barn Community Centre on Cabell Road during the winter months (not to be confused with the Park Barn Centre on Park Barn Drive). See the map showing this location.

Here is your guide to upcoming Repair Cafés in Guildford.

Please note January's Repair Café will be at the Clore Learning Studio at Watts Gallery from 11am - 4pm.

The rest are taking place at Park Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road.        

Date

Time

Location

Saturday 9 December10am - 12 noon

Park Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 13 January 

11am - 4pmClore Learning Studio, Watts Gallery, Down Lane, Compton, Guildford, Surrey GU3 1DQ

Saturday 10 February

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 10 March

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 7 April

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 12 May

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 9 June

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 7 July

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 8 September

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 13 October

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 10 November

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JHPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

Saturday 8 December

10am - 12pmPark Barn Community Centre, Cabell Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 8JH

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What can we repair?

Our team are always on the look-out for a new challenge! If the item is hand-portable and not in a dangerous condition, then our experts will take a look, give honest opinions and go ahead with any viable repairs with your agreement.    

The team has achieved a fantastic 86% repair rate in the last 12 months. In the last six months, 158kg of waste has been diverted from landfill, saving an estimated 20.02kg of CO2 emissions using our carbon foot-printing methodology.

Here are some of the successfully repaired items:  

  • Small household appliances - table lamps, kettles, sewing machine, food mixer, telephone

  • Furniture - cot, tables, chairs, bench, drawers

  • Gardening equipment - branch loppers, hedge trimmer

  • Electricals - battery drill, phones, projector, electric drill, vacuum cleaner

  • Sewing / upholstery - jeans, rucksack, pillowcase, duvet cover, trousers, curtains, cardigan, fleece jacket, quilted baby blanket, track suit top

  • Toys - wooden jigsaw, electric toys, Nerf holster, rocking horse; railway sets, toy kitchen

  • Push bikes - children's and adults' bikes.

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Volunteer with us...

If you have good basic DIY/practical skills, enjoy fixing things and support the 'make do and mend' culture, we would love to hear from you. No specialist qualifications are needed. Many of the repairs brought to the Repair Café are basic and straight forward. 

If you are, or know of, an electrician, seamstress, carpenter, bike mechanic, gadget guru or handy person who would like to volunteer to help us, please get in touch.

You don't need to commit to every month as occasional help is welcome too.

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Get in touch!

If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us:

Email: climatechange@guildford.gov.uk

Phone: 01483 444509  

To keep up to date with our most recent news, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/RepairCafeGuildford