Repair Cafes – third Saturday of the month at Chesterfield Baptist Church, Cross Street, S40 1ST. 10 am – 1 pm (last orders at 12.30 pm)
Transition Chesterfield has been running Repair Cafes since 2016 and for the last couple of years this has been on a monthly basis.
Repairing broken or damaged items can save time and money! Items can be put back into use and given an extended lifespan. This way we also send less waste to landfill and use up fewer resources when replacement items don’t need to be bought. Watching and, where possible, taking part in a repair helps you develop your skills and become more confident in repairing damaged items yourself.
Less waste! Less pollution! Less money!
Advising on how best to use your belongings, particularly electronic devices, can mean you take full advantage of all their options and services, thus saving you time and effort. Our fixers can often show you how to repair and maintain your own items, or advise you how to increase their useful lives and how to dispose of them when they cannot be repaired.
We have recently moved to more accessible premises at the Chesterfield Baptist Church where we are also able to offer you refreshments while you wait.
Journey of a broken or damaged item at our Repair Café
When you arrive, you’ll be asked to read through our House Rules and then to enter your name and details of each item you’ve brought into our log book. (We keep a minimum of information, but this helps us keep track of repairs and put together some statistics about our work.) You will also be handed a ticket number so we can try to ensure that people are seen in turn.
When a suitable fixer is ready, we will take you to them. You will need to stay to explain what is wrong and to check that it is something that we can fix. (Very occasionally, we have to turn things away, eg if they require specialist tools. However, we do have a list of local fixers that may be able to help if we are unable to.) By staying, you have the opportunity to observe the repairer at work and learn new skills whilst you’re with us.
We’ve had a range of items brought in for repair over the years – TVs, laptops, household items such as toasters and hairdryers, broken zips on coats and backpacks and damaged tables and chairs. We also carry out a tool sharpening service and offer advice on current and further use, eg on how to make full use of your mobile phone.
We also offer refreshments at our café so you can have a cuppa while you wait or after your repair is done. This also gives you a chance to find out more about other projects Transition Chesterfield is involved in.
When you take away your item(s), make sure you understand what work has been done. Any items that we are unable to repair are your responsibility to collect and dispose. We can advise on the best way to do so. Unfortunately, we are unable to store things and cannot hold onto items between sessions.
And PLEASE . . . . . leave a donation to help us with our running costs AND . . . tell others about us!
- Please bring your item early to give us time to work on a repair (‘last orders’ at 12.30 pm). Sometimes, for instance, glue has to be used and this needs to be allowed time to set.
- You must take away your item(s) on the same day; we do not have any facilities for storage.
- If your item needs new parts, you will be told what they are so that you can purchase them and maybe a suggestion of where to get them. You may then return later with the parts or bring the item along to our next Repair Café. Sometimes we can supply new parts and we may make a charge for these.
- During busy periods we may have to limit repairs to one item per person to allow for a chance for everyone to be seen. Further items can be taken to the back of the queue.
- If you want to check whether we will be able to handle a repair beforehand, you are welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How can I become a volunteer?
If you’re interested in joining our team of fixers, you would be very welcome. Contact us at: email@example.com or turn up at our next Repair Café and make yourself known to us. We’ll introduce you to what’s involved and let you sit alongside an established fixer so you can see how it works.
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