Come along and learn repair skills to give new life to items that you would normally throw away and make them useable again.
Do you have a bike sitting in your garage that you’ve been meaning to get repaired? Perhaps your favourite trousers are in need of a new waistband? Want to give that blouse you love a new lease of life? Or get your toaster popping again?
North London Waste Authority is excited to be delivering a new programme of Repair Café events from September 2019 through to February 2020, to help you repair and upcycle your damaged belongings for FREE. Take a look at our Events Pages for more details of the event that is nearest to you.
The information below provides further details about what to expect and how to book, or take a look at the video from our launch in Camden.
By repairing or upcycling items we already own, it stops us having to buy new stuff. This has a positive impact on the environment (and our wallets) as raw materials can be preserved and items are prevented from becoming waste.
What are Repair Cafés?
Repair Cafés are events where you can bring along old or damaged belongings such as clothes, electrical and electronic items, and bicycles to be potentially fixed by repair specialists, for free. If you prefer to bring old clothes and learn how to upcycle them, this is also fine.
In addition to fixing an item, the repair specialists will train you one-on-one throughout the repair process, so that you can repair your item yourself in the future. A Repair Café is not a place for people to simply drop off broken items, but you will get to interact with the repair specialists, learn skills and build a relationship with the processes and materials that go into the manufacturing of products.
To find out more about our repair specialists, click on their profile pages linked from the left of this page.
The Repair Cafés will be taking place on Saturdays in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest from mid-September 2019 to mid-February 2020. Each Repair Café is only open to residents of the borough where the event is taking place and proof of address may be requested on entry.
How to book on the day
If you have items that you would like to be repaired at one of these events you can book in with one of our repair specialists on the day of the event
Each Repair Café will last four hours, and at each event there will be eight 30 minute slots available in each of the three repair categories (textiles, electricals and electronics, and bicycles). You are permitted to book one repair slot per event in the category that your item falls under. Repair slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.
Before attending an event, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Participation, which includes what to expect on the day along with health and safety and data protection requirements.
Note on textile repairs - zip replacements
If you want a zip repaired/replaced, please bring a replacement zip with you to the Repair Café. If you are not sure of the size or type to buy, we suggest you take the item of clothing to a haberdashery shop or market stall and they should be able to advise you what type to buy.