Repair Cafe Set To Launch in Chiswick

Local group planning to set up environmental initiative this autumn

A repair cafe in Reading. Picture: Karen Blakeman

A local group of local involved with various green initiatives around Chiswick are planning to set up a Repair Cafe.

This is a voluntary initiative to reduce waste, share repair skills and enhance the local community. People bring broken/worn items to the Repair Café and the volunteers help them to mend it, or advise what else can be done. Visitors pay for the parts and are asked to make a donation to the Repair Café running costs.

It plans to operate on Saturdays, between 11am - 1pm, every other month, starting in the autumn.

Charlotte Bullock says, "When we say throw ‘away’ we forget that there is no such place as ‘away’ - everything has to go somewhere - and most likely it’s heading for landfill! Previously we would have taken broken items to a local repair shop - but there are now very few of those around (other than the wonderful Fuselodge shop in Acton Lane), so the rise of the Repair Café movement, whereby people who have these repair skills, share their knowledge and enthusiasm to prevent items being thrown away unnecessarily."

The offering will depend on volunteer skills, but they hope to offer repair to things such as:

Small electrical /electronic repairs
Carpentry repairs (e.g. gluing chairs)
Toy repairs
Computers & laptops (not mobile phones)
Knife & tool sharpening
Sewing repairs: mending /darning
Small bike repairs

The group is currently looking for volunteers that are able to help run the Repair café on the day:

● People with skills/knowledge of how to repair things
● To act as hosts/ receptionists /serve refreshments
● People willing to move furniture around (set up and break down)

They are holding a coffee morning at Christ Church Turnham Green, on Saturday 9 July between 10.30am - 12 noon for people who want to learn more about the initiative or you can email: to offer help or request further details.

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June 19, 2022