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.

Regenerating the landscape

Farming and land management is both part of the problem and a big part of the solution. Economic forces and government incentives have pushed farms to be more intensive, bigger and with more and more inputs. This has created cheap food but it has come at the expense of the landscape, wildlife and biodiversity.

Part of the climate change response is to manage landscapes much more organically, to rebuild soils and soil carbon with set of techniques often called regenerative farming.

Climate emergency is here

MPs have approved a motion to declare an environment and climate emergency.

This proposal, which demonstrates the will of the Commons on the issue but does not legally compel the government to act, was approved without a vote.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who tabled the motion, said it was “a huge step forward”.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove acknowledged there was a climate “emergency” but did not back Labour’s demands to declare one.

The declaration of an emergency was one of the key demands put to the government by environmental activist group Extinction Rebellion, in a series of protests over recent weeks.

Addressing climate protesters from the top of a fire engine in Parliament Square earlier, Mr Corbyn said: “This can set off a wave of action from parliaments and governments around the globe.

“We pledge to work as closely as possible with countries that are serious about ending the climate catastrophe and make clear to US President Donald Trump that he cannot ignore international agreements and action on the climate crisis.”


Blog page

At the moment it is set up so that new blog posts appear on the home page. We can create other pages for each of the groups or topic areas if we like. Anything is possible. It is often best to let it evolve organically then make some changes when we have a better idea of how we want it to work.

This is easy to change if we want to, if you would rather have static page as an introduction.

This picture shows a general view of the flooded city of Poldokhtar in the Lorestan province, on April 02, 2019. – Iranian emergency services were bracing for widespread flooding on April 3 with mass evacuations planned as extensive rainfalls in regions neighbouring Khuzestan converge on the oil-rich southwestern province. (Photo by Aziz Babanejad / TASNIM NEWS / AFP) (Photo credit should read AZIZ BABANEJAD/AFP/Getty Images)