Stokesley and Villages Repair Cafe (SaVRC) is part of Climate Action Stokesley and Villages’ (CASaV) aims to act locally to reduce waste. A Repair Cafe is not a place but an event held in a location at a fixed time.
SaVRC intends to operate Repair Cafes across Stokesley and Villages. At this time SaVRC is still developing its approach and at present we hope to hold Repair Cafes in a number of locations. Experience from the International Repair Cafe organisation suggests that Repair Cafe works best when their is active local support – customers, volunteers, sponsors, donors, etc.. Please get in touch if you want to have a Repair Cafe in your community and are happy to help getting some of your neighbours involved.
We held our first Repair Cafe on Saturday 26th March in Swainby Village Hall, over 30 items were examined from clocks to jumpers, from toy trains to kettles, with over 70% successfully repaired – photo gallery.
We held our second Repair Cafe on Saturday 14th May in Swainby Village Hall, over 40 items were examined from computers to salt dishes, from shirts to toasters, with lots of successful repairs – photo gallery.
The third Repair Cafe will be held on Saturday 25th June in Swainby Village Hall from 10am-12pm. So bring along your broken things and our volunteer repairers will work with you to fix them. If you would like to publicise the Stokesley Repair Cafe locally then please use the poster for our cafe – pdf, thank you.
While nothing last forever, a lot of the things we have are replaced when they could still be repaired if only we knew how or if there was somebody to repair them. The Repair Cafe idea is to get together people with things that need fixing with people who have repair skills, in an informal environment where the people needing repairs are actively involved in repairs, learning from the repairers new skills. Things break in all sorts of different ways, so we need repairers with all sorts of skills.
The idea of SaVRC is not to take work away from existing repair businesses (please get in touch if you are one, we would like to add to our Repair Professionals Directory), but to fill the gap where there is no repair available. So while we are keen to help with bicycle repairs that some people would do themselves, if your bike needs a professional service, then check out our repair list, similarly there are a number of lawn mower repair businesses locally, however if you were going to take something to the “tip” then don’t come to SaVRC first.
CASaV as a climate action group is motivated to reduce waste and thus reduce consumption as if items are mended, then they don’t need to be replaced. Repair Cafes not only have the benefit of reducing waste, but also saving money, an opportunity to learn new skills, a new forum for social interactions with a materials focus. CASaV hopes that SaVRC will start to change the way in which we think about things/stuff, not be quite so quick to throw away (there is no away), look to repair things first and through getting satisfaction out of repairing things value them more (c.f. BBC’s Repair Shop).
Please get touch if you have something that needs mending, if you want to help, if you know how we could do it better or just want to learn more about SaVRC or CASaV.
Stokesley and Villages Repair Cafe – SaVRC House Rules and Disclaimer for Visitors
Stokesley and Villages Repair Cafe – SaVRC Volunteer Code