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Repair Café helps you fix it!

  • Learn to mend your broken items yourself with support from skilled volunteers.

  • Enjoy giving your things a new lease of life and appreciate them again.

  • Help reduce waste and stop things going to landfill

Llandrindod Repair Café has been running since June 2014, and was chosen by The Guardian as one of 17 top community projects from around the UK in their "Live Better" Community Project series.

The Repair Café idea began in Amsterdam in 2007 and has since been taken up all round the world.

Upcoming Repair Café dates

Saturday 8th September 2018  -  2:00pm to 5:00pm at Centre CELF

and on the second Saturday of every month throughout 2018 (Closed December and January).

More information

Download a copy of the Repair Cafe house rules

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2:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday 15th February
at the Herb Garden Café, Llandrindod.

repair cafe - textilesThis special Repair Café event will be focusing on textiles. You are invited to bring curtains to learn how to add warm linings.  Or bring garments, household linen and other textiles to learn how to make repairs such as darning, sewing on buttons, patching things, putting up a hem, and renewing elastic.

Lear how to make a "Snake Draught Excluder" (please bring your own stuffing).

There will be a textile- and sewing-theme Freegle Bring and Take stall – a chance to pass on your unwanted haberdashery!

Everyone is very welcome to enjoy a drink, a slice of cake and a chat -sewing is not compulsory!!  We hope to see you there.

Entry to the Repair Café is free.  Materials used are charged for and donations are requested to help cover costs.  Hot drinks and cakes will be available to buy.

Repair Cafe - solderingThe next two Llandrindod Repair Café events will take place on Saturday 18th October and Saturday 15th November in the Rock Park, Llandrindod Wells, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Please bring along your broken and damaged items from home!

A variety of fixperts will be present to repair such things as small electrical items, computers, clothes, leather items and bicycles.

Tools and materials will be on hand; people are encouraged to make repairs themselves where possible.

Entry to the café is free (donations are requested to cover running costs). Items fixed at previous events include necklaces, handbags, bicycle wheels, electric heaters, saucepan lids, and even a carpet sweeper!

Llandrindod Repair Cafe

The café’s slogan is “Throw it Away? No Way!”

By promoting repairs, Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition wants to help reduce the mountains of waste.

The Repair Café is also meant to put the local community in touch with each other in new ways, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home.

Llandrindod Repair Café was recently featured on the Guardian website as a shining example of a local community group. Joe Botting, speaking for the Repair Café organisers, said “It’s nice to see the hard work of all the fixperts and volunteers being recognised. We hope that this publicity will encourage other people to set up Repair Cafés elsewhere.”

repair-cafe-banner-smallLlandrindod’s first Repair Café was held in the Rock Park on Saturday, 12 July 2014. About 30 people brought items to be repaired: bikes, bracelets, brooches, lamps, trousers, a toy rocking-horse, an adapter, a soldering iron, a handbag and even a carpet sweeper! The sharpening table was particularly popular, with everything from scissors to mower blades being given a new lease of life. Approximately £50 was raised in donations, which will be used to offset the cost of the event.

Joe Botting, speaking for the Repair Café organisers, said “It’s wonderful to see so many people getting so much enjoyment from repairing things. I’ve been amazed at the skills that are being shared here, and have been learning a lot too. We hope that future Repair Café events will be even more successful once word gets out.”

The next two Repair Cafés will take place on the 9th of August and the 13th of September 2014 in the Rock Park. A range of experts will be available, such as electricians, computer specialists, seamstresses, general ‘fixperts’ and bicycle mechanics, to help make all possible repairs. Vacuum cleaners, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, jewellery, crockery... anything broken or that doesn’t work is welcome, and the specialists in Repair Café almost always have the know-how. Repairs are free of charge (donations are requested to help keep the repair café running). Tools and materials will also be on hand, and the experts will help and encourage you to make repairs yourself where possible.

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Llandrindod Repair Café is organized by Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition, and supported by the Spa Town Trust and Llandrindod Recycling Group. The café’s slogan is “Throw it Away? No Way!” By promoting repairs, Trawsnewid Llandrindod Transition wants to help reduce the mountains of waste. The Repair Café is also meant to put the local community in touch with each other in new ways, and to help people discover that a lot of know-how and practical skills can be found close to home. Many people have surprising skills, from leather-working to carpentry or electronics. Appreciating these skills and exchanging this knowledge leads to a healthier, happier community.

The Repair Café concept arose in Amsterdam, where the Repair Café Foundation (see www.repaircafe.org) has been organising gatherings regularly since 2010. Since January 2011, the foundation has provided support to local groups in and outside the Netherlands wishing to start their own Repair Café. The foundation also supports the Repair Café in Llandrindod.

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TLT are launching Llandrindod's very own REPAIR CAFE this month!!  DONT MISS ITLlandrindod Repair Cafe logo

12th July • 9th August • 13th September 
Rock Park Canopy 2pm-5pm

THROW IT AWAY? NO WAY!

What do you do about a wobbly chair, a broken zip, a faulty toaster, a flat bike tyre? Few people consider repairing even small defects and many things get thrown away too soon as knowledge of how to mend things is vanishing. However, change is on its way!  Local Repair Cafés are on the rise and becoming very popular.  They are simply monthly gatherings where neighbours can learn to fix their broken items themselves, with support from skilled volunteers whilst enjoying a cuppa.

The idea is that any faulty item which is reasonably portable can be considered for repair.  Help and advice with repairs is free, but if your item is successfully mended a donation will help to fund the service.

Your Repair Café wants to show you how much fun it can be to give your things a new lease of life and how easy it often is. Bring out your broken belongings and give it a go!

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Reduce waste and support TLT at the same time!

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