Have something that needs to be repaired?
Whether it’s missing buttons, a crooked stool, a broken photo frame or jewelry with a wacky clasp, bring it to the Repair Café! Over tea and a muffin, skilled volunteers will help you through the repair for free!
***What kinds of things can be repaired?***
Our skilled volunteers should be able to repair your…
small appliances and electronics repair (toasters, blenders, alarm clocks, lamps, etc.)
furniture (broken stools, chairs, picture frames, etc.)
sewing, alterations, outerwear repairs and darning those dang holey socks!
jewelry (missing clasps, broken necklaces or earrings, etc.)
and more… this is dependent on what our volunteers can repair.
***What is a Repair Café?***
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). At the Repair Café you will find the expertise, tools and materials required to help you make many of the repairs you need. Volunteer specialists will be on hand to help and guide the repairs. You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.
A Repair Café is not a place to drop off your items to be fixed and picked-up at a later time. We request that you stay on-site while your item is being repaired!
The Repair Café concept was formulated in 2009 by Amsterdam-based Martine Postma and Peter van Vliet. Their idea was to set up low-key meeting places nationwide where neighbours could repair their broken items themselves supported by specialist in a relaxed atmosphere. Visit http://www.repaircafe.org for more info.
***Call for volunteers***
We are looking for volunteers for Squamish’s Repair Café! Interested? Contact Shannon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-815-5057.
Can you fix small appliances, sew or mend? What about repairing jewelry, small furniture, toys? Would you like to teach people how to repair their items in a relaxed and fun atmosphere?
Our volunteer fixers are the backbone of the program. Without them, it wouldn’t be possible!
***Goals of the Repair Café***
1. To bring back repair into local society in a modern way;
2. To maintain repair expertise and to spread this knowledge;
3. To promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours from very different backgrounds and with different motives through an inspiring and low-key event.
***Why do we need Repair Café’s?***
Repairing an item saves money, landfill space, saves resources and makes people appreciate their possessions more. Repairing is also fun and often very easy.
Western society revolves around consumption. We increasingly buy more things, throw away more than ever and use our items for shorter times. As soon as these items show the slightest defects, we throw them away and buy new. Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. Repair Cafés help create a society where everyone can find a place, where repair expertise is cherished and passed on, and where valuable raw materials are used in a responsible way.