In Cambridgeshire people are really embracing ‘make do and mend’ with the launch of a Repair Cafes initiative which has gone from strength to strength. The Repair Cafes are social gatherings where people bring their broken goods to be repaired for free, by people with the skills to fix them. Visitors to the cafes can bring almost anything, from broken bicycles to electronic appliances. The initiative has been steadily gaining momentum since it started, with at least 15 cafes in the region and many items reported to have been fixed.
Here at Draper Tools, we first heard about the Cambridge Repair Cafes through MacKays of Cambridge, who have played a key role in championing the project. We loved the idea behind the cafes and were keen to show our support. To help the cafes we’ve donated kits full of essential tools for the skilled volunteers to put to good use. It’s been great seeing and hearing about our tools being used to give people’s old items a new lease of life. It’s especially rewarding to hear about the number of sentimental items and family heirlooms that have been brought back to life through the cafes.
It’s a fantastic project to have been involved with and we hope to see the trend catching on other parts of the country in future. The Repair Cafes are run by volunteers and take place most months in the Cambridgeshire region. The Cambridge Repair Cafe Network is a partnership between Cambridge Carbon Footprint, Transition Cambridge, South Cambridgeshire District Council and trailblazers Chris Moller of Cottenham Repair Cafe and Chris Lee of Royston Repair Cafe. Cambridgeshire Repair Cafes are supported by Mackays and Draper Tools. You can find out more at www.repaircafe.org.uk.
Image courtesy of http://circularcambridge.org/repaircafe/.