“Fantastic idea. Keep up the good work”, “Awesome chats”, “Long may it run”, “Charming”.
These are just some of the responses received by SuperGrans Western Bay of Plenty in response to the first Repair Café run on 19th October. The Repair Café was an opportunity for people to bring in broken items and have them looked at by a team of skilled volunteer repairers for free. On the morning, there were stations for repairing anything electrical, woodwork, sewing and mending, bikes, jewelry, device support, knife sharpening as well as general repairs.
“The knife sharpener and electrician were busy all morning! It was just fantastic to see people having their items looked at and repaired. We weren’t able to fix everything – but, overall the morning was a wonderful success and we are already planning more Repair Cafes for 2020!” described Anita Rapson, Service Manager at SuperGrans Western Bay of Plenty.
Anita estimates that at least 50 items were repaired, as well as a huge amount of knifes that were sharpened to see another day! Next year, the intention is to have a similar group of volunteer repairers, as well as people who can fix cellphone screens and also teach others how to do similar repairs.