Do you know what a Repair Cafe is?
I didn’t until my daughter in Australia sent me this link repaircafe.org and said “Wouldn’t this be a good idea for Weymouth? Why don’t you put it on a Weymouth Facebook page?” I did, hoping someone else would pick it up and run with it. They didn’t, so I did. Visitors bring items to be repaired by volunteers. The lovely volunteers fix it in return for a small donation which funds the running of Repair Cafe Weymouth and materials and tools.
Our first meeting to assess interest and recruit volunteers was at the Kings Arms in Weymouth. They generously provided the space and teas and coffees for the volunteers to support the initiative getting off the ground. It was a lively and positive meeting, with volunteers offering their skills in fixing things, and organisation at the repair events and behind the scenes. Several local venues offered their space to hold the Repair Cafe and after visiting them we decided the Palm House would be just the right location, with good light, cafe facilities for our visitors and plenty for children to do to extend the trip out. It was all systems go to get organised for our first Repair cafe events that would be starting in the Spring.