About Repair Cafe

From Repair Café website – if we want to become an ‘official’ repair cafe

Want to start your own Repair Café? You can!

The Repair Café Foundation supports local groups around the world to start their own Repair Café.

For a voluntary one-off fee of € 49 we offer the following digital starter kit:

  • the 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.
  • our logo to use in all communications about your local Repair Café
  • templates for announcement posters and flyers
  • templates for forms to cover liability and collect feedback from people who visit your Repair Café
  • sign boards with 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
  • we will put you in contact with other people or groups in your area who have shown an interest in starting their own Repair Café as well

 When your Repair Café gets started, we will

  • mention your Repair Café location on our website
  • create publicity for your initiative via our network
  • send you a unique code with which you can order the highly ingenious Repair Café toolkit from iFixit Europe for free, only paying shipping costs (normal price: € 74,95 + shipping costs)*

From 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 size.

They had laptop and projector playing a video on loop – this time was from the story of stuff https://storyofstuff.org/movies/

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

  1. The work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repair experts at hand.
  2. A voluntary donation to assist with the costs of running the Repair Café is greatly appreciated.
  3. Any use of new materials such as leads, plugs, fuses, hinges, brackets, or replacement parts are to be paid for.
  4. 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.
  5. Visitors offering items for repair do so at their own risk.
  6. 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.
  7. Repair experts are entitled to decline to help repair certain items.
  8. Repair experts are not obliged to reassemble dismantled items that cannot be repaired.
  9. Visitors to the Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken items that could not be repaired.
  10. 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.

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