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What It Is

Eynsham Repair Café is a community pop-up event, where people who like to fix things meet people with things to repair.

We want to help people to use things for longer, thus saving money and reducing waste. With tea and cake! :-)

Why come?

Have you got something which need some TLC, or is broken and you haven’t had the time or skills to fix it yourself?  A button that needs replacing; a toaster that doesn’t work; a favourite vase that needs gluing for example?

Well, don’t throw it away, bring it to a Repair Café and our volunteers will have go at fixing it!  We aim to hold events in Eynsham every 2-3 months.

Our events have a great buzz. On average we are able to fix about 50-60% of items brought in and give advice on 20%. Only a minority can't be repaired!

Who are the volunteers?

Repair Café volunteers are local people who like fixing and getting the most out of things.  We are all willing to get stuck in. We enjoy fixing and repair, not only to keep our repair skills and knowledge alive but also to help others, and keep things out of landfill!

What’s the catch?

None! We are volunteers wanting to help each other. This means that we cannot guarantee to fix something but we will certainly try and help you out.

We don’t charge for repairs but do ask if you can make a small donation to help us cover the costs of putting on the event.

Interested?

Bring your item to fix to one of our events! Look out for event posters around Eynsham, in the GreenTEA Brew, on Eynsham Online, on the Facebook groups: “Green TEA (Transition Eynsham Area)”; “Spotted: Eynsham”; and  “Free in Eynsham”.

If you like the idea of the Repair Café and want to get involved, either to help run the event or to fix things, please get in touch!

Contact:

Anna at [email protected]

During lockdown

During lockdown, the sewing volunteers of the Repair Cafe, plus other kind people, made face masks for the community.

We did not sell the masks, but asked for a donation to cover the cost of materials. We give our time and skills freely to help others in this time of need.

In total we made about 500 masks! And people were so generous when donating that, after we had covered the cost of materials, we were able to donate £800 to local charities: £200 each to Eynsham preschool, Eynsham Food Bank, the British Legion, and Crisis (in Oxford).  This is such a wonderful outcome and a silver lining in the general bad news of the pandemic.

Some volunteers were also willing to accept items from people who got in touch asking if it a possible to have things looked at. We were successful in fixing number of things this way :-)

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