Repair Cafe Hobart – Postponed due to Covid 19

July 18, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Kickstart Arts
next to St John's Cathedral
St Johns Avenue
New Town

“Toss it? No Way!” The global Repair Cafe movement has made it to Hobart (with ongoing Repair Cafe sessions planned to follow this one)! Repair Cafes are all about repairing things together and having a chance to make new connections. There will be a variety of fixing stations set up for clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, toys, and more (depending on volunteer availability). Expert volunteers will be on hand to assist with repairs, so please bring your broken items from home so we can help you work out how to fix them. If you don’t have anything that needs fixing, feel free to come along anyway for a cuppa and a chat, or lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.

As a repairer:
As a general volunteer (click on link for details): is a Repair Café?

Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields. Visitors bring their broken items from home. In the Repair Café, they start making their repairs,together with the specialists e.g. on clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances,toys, etcetera. 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.

Why a Repair Café?
We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. Their skills are never used, or hardly ever.The Repair Café changes all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. It cuts CO2 emissions, for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released. The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light, and to, once again,appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?