Our first ever Repair Cafe was held on Monday 7 September 2020, see what GWN7 News had to say about it...
Shire of Manjimup Home and Community Care has started its own Repair Café
What do you do with a broken object? A bike when the wheel runs out of tyre? Or with a sweater full of moth holes? Toss it? No way! Bring it to Manjimup Home and Community Care's Repair Café:
The first Repair Cafe was held at the Wellness and Respite Community Centre, 1A Edwards Street, Manjimup on Monday 7 September.
Everything centred on making repairs. Starting from 10am and ending at 1pm, various volunteer repair experts were be available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials were also be on hand and light refreshments available.
People visiting the Repair Café bought along their broken items from home. Clothes, bikes, toys, crockery... anything that is broken is welcome and can hopefully be repaired.
The repair café urgently needs volunteer fixers in order for its success! Phone 97716900 to register your interest or for more information.
By promoting repairs, Shire of Manjimup Home and Community Care wants to help reduce mountains of waste. This is absolutely necessary as we throw away piles of stuff in Australia, even things which practically have nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair. Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Repair Café wants to change all that.
Repair Café is also meant to put community members in touch with each other in a new way and to discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. If you repair a bike, a CD player or a pair of trousers together with a previously unfamiliar neighbour, you look at that person in a different light the next time you run into them on the street. Jointly making repairs can lead to pleasant contacts in the community.
Repair Café's can save money and resources, and can help minimise CO2 emissions. But above all, Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.
Repair Café International Foundation
The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 2009, and was formulated by Martine Postma, at the time a journalist/publicist. In 2010, she started the Repair Café International Foundation. This foundation provides professional support to local groups around the world wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Manjimup.
Manjimup Home and Community will be commencing its Repair Café Pilot on a monthly basis from 7 September 2020 at the Wellness & Respite Community Centre. Subsequent dates are; 5 October, 2 November, 7 December, 1 February 2021 and 8 March 2021.