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Repair Café turns 15

Tue Jan 30, 2024 5:45 am

How is this related to Raspberry Pi? Well, just like the Raspberry Pi Foundation has a mission to enable and educate young people, Repair Café has a mission to educate the community about how to repair their own items, and hopefully keep items out of the landfill.

I volunteer at my local Repair Café, as a DIY repair volunteer. It is fun, it is community building, it is educational, and I get to meet my neighbors.

We meet perhaps once a quarter, and when neighbors come in with things to repair, we sit with them, tell them our plan of repair, and show them how it might be done, or better yet, have them help. This way people are empowered to hopefully tackle the job next time themselves.

We have people who help repair bicycles, general household items, electronics, computers, sharpen knives, and help with sewing and mending.

Just like I was super excited to hear about the mission of the Raspberry Pi foundation 11 years ago, last year I was super excited to learn about Repair Café and I have since volunteered at several of them. As volunteers, we also learn repair tips and tricks from each other!

We bring our own tools, everything from multi-bit tiny screwdriver bit sets, soldering irons, super glue, to wrenches, oil, and tape.

Check if your area has one, and if not, and this sounds like a good time, try starting one up! At my local, the right to repair movement is in the hearts of many of the volunteers as well. Others bring young people who also like to help out with the day of repair and education.

I hope this post is acceptable to the moderators. :)
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

There are over 2,500 Repair Cafés worldwide. Visit one in your area or start one yourself! See also the house rules we use at the Repair Café.

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Re: Repair Café turns 15

Tue Feb 27, 2024 5:12 pm

What an absolutely fabulous idea!
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Re: Repair Café turns 15

Thu Feb 29, 2024 3:45 am

Well it turns out there is one close to me but the search does not work by town name.

I had to use part of the name of the club to find the club :roll: :cry: :roll:

Fortunately the map is more accurate (if painful on a tablet).
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