Repair Café at Winchester Discovery Centre

Press Release: 16/07/2015

Repair Cafe

Local people can get their household objects and bike repairs for free on Saturday 1 August at Winchester Discovery Centre when the Repair Café opens its doors as part of the Great Waste initiative.

An experienced group of repairers will be helping to fix ceramics, jewellery, bikes, small electrical items, and clothes and giving computer advice.

UK households are producing 3% more waste every year so repairing existing belongings reduces the amount of incineration and landfill.

The Great Waste Repair Café, organised by Winchester Action on Climate Change and Winchester City Council, encourages people to reduce waste by repairing the stuff they already own.

Susie Phillips, Great Waste Project Manager, explained how it works:

People bring along one item they need repairing and we show them how it’s done. The repairers are all volunteers from Transition Southampton, where the cafe has been running successfully for nearly a year. We have found people are delighted to have a treasured object brought back to life and they feel empowered to fix more things. If something can’t be fixed at the café, we have a list of local repairers that people can use.

Hot drinks and homemade cakes will be on sale provided by Emmaus UK volunteers and companions, who are hoping to run the repair café in the future in Winchester.

So whether it is a bike chain that needs tightening or a necklace that needs re-stringing or even a broken sandwich-maker you are thinking of selling, bring it along to the repair café and find out how you can fix it.

The Great Waste initiative is a joint venture with Winchester City Council and Winchester Action on Climate Change with 12 months of events and activities to help people reduce waste and increase recycling.