2020 Repair Café Events - Cancelled due to COVID-19
2021 Events to be determined
What is a Repair Café?
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At the Repair Café you will find all the tools and materials required to help you make many repairs you need. Volunteer specialists will be on hand to help and guide the repairs. You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.
The Repair Café concept was formulated in 2009 by Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist Martine Postma and sustainability guru Peter van Vliet, in Groningen, the Netherlands. Their idea was to set up low-key meeting places nationwide where neighbours could repair their broken items themselves supported by specialist in a relaxed atmosphere. Visit www.repaircafe.org for more info.
Why do we need Repair Café’s
Repairing an item saves money, landfill space, saves resources and makes people appreciate their possessions more. Repairing is also fun and often very easy.
Western society revolves around consumption. We increasingly buy more things, throw away more than ever and use our items for shorter times. As soon as these items show the slightest defects, we throw them away and buy new. Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light.
Goals of the Repair Café
- To bring back repair into local society in a modern way;
- To maintain repair expertise and to spread this knowledge;
- To promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours from very different backgrounds and with different motives through an inspiring and low-key event.
What kinds of things will be repaired
We currently have volunteer specialists to help you repair:
- small appliances and other electrical items
- sewing or mending clothes, bags etc.
- upholstery (small items)
- small wooden items
- metal items and much more!
The Okanagan Regional Library will also be on hand to show you how to get information on fixing your own items throughout the year.
Call for Volunteers
Our volunteer fixers are the backbone of the program. Without them, it wouldn't be possible and we thank them for their time, expertise and willingness to help others! You are appreciated!
We will be hosting our Repair Café events this spring and fall and are looking for volunteers. Can you fix small appliances, sew or mend? What about repairing jewellery, small furniture, toys? Would you like to teach people how to repair their items in a relaxed and fun atmosphere?
If you are interested and can spare an afternoon please contact the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you.
Next Repair Café Event
When: To Be Determined
Where: Okanagan College, 1000 KLO Road in the Trades Building (free parking that day)
One repair item per person
www.repaircafe.org - site for background information on the Repair Café movement
www.iFixit.com - is a great website with over 10,000 repair guides for numerous electronics and other household items