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Sharing about repairing

Friday, 11 November 2016 10:01

Repair Centre

The team at Vision 21 are running a brilliant scheme that is breathing new life into broken bits and bobs. Launched earlier this year, by the environmentalist Jonathon Porrit and Cheltenham's MP Alex Chalk, the Repair Cafes have been an amazing success with hundreds of previously broken items given a new lease on life.  

The concept is incredibly simple, take products that are broken and bring them back to their former glory. To put the idea into practice, Vision 21 teamed up with Product Design students at University of Gloucestershire and the Gloucestershire Joint Waste Team. Together, they recruited several skilled volunteers who work their magic bringing products back to life for a couple of hours on the first Saturday every month. 

To drum up interest and attract volunteers, Vision 21 contacted the local media and placed an advert asking for anyone with a bit of time on their hands and the skills to drop by and help. 

All sorts of items are brought in for a tune up, from sewing machines, bicycles and clothes to digital radios, food mixers and most suprisingly knives and axes in need of a sharpen. The vast majority of items are repaired, and when they are, the owner is asked to makes a donation to Vision 21. 

This great idea originated in Amsterdam and now has spread to 18 countries with over 750 repair cafes reducing the amount of re-usable products heading to landfill. 

If you want to know more about how the cafes work, contact Dave Entwistle ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 01242 228823) who was the mastermind behind the project and I'm sure he will be happy to give you all the information you need! 

Repair Cafes are held at St. Andrew’s church hall in Cheltenham on the first Saturday of every month from 10am to mid-day. 

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