Unley Repair Cafe

Sustainable Communities is supporting the Unley Repair Cafe, run by Ruby Wake and funded by a Fund My Neighbourhood grant. The Repair Cafe’s mission is to repair household items; reduce landfill; share knowledge, skills and cups of tea; save money; make friends & create community. These were certainly fulfilled at the inaugural event in April. There was a range of expert repairers on hand to help fix broken household items and teach these skills to people bringing in their broken items. Items fixed included shoes, furniture, jewellery, clothes, bags, electronics and bikes. There were lots of happy customers with items fixed on the day, while others learnt the necessary skill and took their item away to fix themself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next Unley Repair Cafe will be Saturday May 26, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
at the Clarence Park Community Centre (72-74 East Avenue,  Black Forest). The centre is next to the Clarence Park train stop, or the W90 bus stop 10. For more details see the Unley Repair Cafe Facebook page or email Ruby. There is a swap and share produce table at the Cafe and the Clarence Park Food Co-op is open if you want to do your shopping while your items are fixed. And if you can’t make the Unley Repair Cafe, the Adelaide Sustainability Centre is running the next Adelaide Repair Cafe on Saturday 19th May (111 Franklin St, Adelaide, 10-1pm).

 

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The following clip is a good introduction to the concept:

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