From Repair Café website – if we want to become an ‘official’ repair cafe
to start your own Repair Café? You can!
Repair Café Foundation supports local groups around the world to
start their own Repair Café.
a voluntary one-off fee of €
offer the following digital starter kit:
extensive Repair Café manual with
everything you need to know to start your own local Repair Café.
This step-by-step manual is based on our years of experience, and
guides you through all the different stages of setting up your own
Repair Café: from finding local repair experts and a suitable
location, to collecting the right tools, creating publicity, finding
funds for your initiative etc.
use in all communications about your local Repair Café
for announcement posters and flyers
for forms to cover liability and collect feedback from
people who visit your Repair Café
the names of the basis stations in your Repair Café (like
‘Electrical appliances’, ‘Furniture’ and ‘Textiles’)
and posters to
decorate the room in Repair Café style
you in contact with
other people or groups in your area who have shown an interest in
starting their own Repair Café as well
your Repair Café gets started, we will
your Repair Café location on our website
publicity for your initiative via our network
you a unique code with which you can order the highly
Café toolkit from iFixit Europe for
free, only paying shipping costs (normal price: € 74,95 + shipping
Montgomery team (11th May 2019)
They pay out £300 for
insurance although Repair Café don’t suggest that you actually
need it as people sign a disclaimer.
They have drinks and
cake for people to buy and ask for donations for repairs.
They use a hall with
outdoor space for working on the bikes (could be done indoors but it
gave them more space) – Institute would be a good comparison for
They had laptop and
projector playing a video on loop – this time was from the story of
Also have a simple
craft area to keep children amused (and hoping to do fabric
repairs/upcycling in the future.
Most popular are
electrical, electronic (IT), bikes and sharpening of gardening tools.
After the 1st event they decided to take the gardening
tools to the person sharpening off site as the generation of sparks
at the first event attracted a crowd which wasn’t great for H&S
When people arrive a form is filled in and a label attached to the item.
Montgomery Repair Café House Rules
- The work carried
out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary
basis by the repair experts at hand.
- A voluntary
donation to assist with the costs of running the Repair Café is
- Any use of new
materials such as leads, plugs, fuses, hinges, brackets, or
replacement parts are to be paid for.
- Neither the
organisers of the Repair Café nor the repair experts are liable for
any loss that may result from advice or instructions concerning
repairs, for the loss of items handed over for repair, for
consequential loss or for any other kind of loss resulting from work
performed in the Repair Café.
- Visitors offering
items for repair do so at their own risk.
- Experts making
repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their
help and are not liable if items that are repaired in the Repair
Café do not work properly at home.
- Repair experts are
entitled to decline to help repair certain items.
- Repair experts are
not obliged to reassemble dismantled items that cannot be repaired.
- Visitors to the
Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken
items that could not be repaired.
- To cut down on
unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE
broken item or THREE items for sharpening per person will be
examined. The visitor may then join the back of the queue if they
have another item for repair/sharpening.