Farnham Repair Café has reached a significant milestone, having saved visitors an estimated £150,000 since its launch in 2017 through extending the life of their products through repair.
The Repair Café, a collaboration between The Centre for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council and The Spire Church, is part of the global Repair Café movement.
Repair Cafés are free ‘community-centred workshops’ for people to bring consumer products in need of repair, where they can work together with volunteer fixers to repair and maintain their broken or faulty products.
The Repair Café, which normally operates on the second Saturday of every month at The Spire Church, has seen a total of 4,106 visitors and completed 1,822 repairs since 2017, with a repair rate of 66 per cent.
The café has also had a positive impact on the environment, diverting 5.1 tonnes of landfill and reducing 48.3 tonnes of CO2e. The café has received an impressive 98 per cent customer satisfaction rate.
The Repair Café sees many different types of household products, such as clothing needing a replacement zipper, bicycles with sticky gears, chairs with broken legs, lamps with damaged cables, gardening tools that no longer trim, radios in need of a tune and old clocks that don’t keep time.
The Repair Café is a charity run by volunteers, and any donations go towards the running costs and allow them to keep the monthly sessions going.
The next session will be held on Saturday, February 11 from 10am to 1pm at The Spire Church, South Street, Farnham GH9 7QU. Bookings for repairs can be made until 12.30pm on the day of the event.