What happens at a Repair Café?
When you arrive with an item for repair, you will be asked to complete a registration form. This is purely for our records as we like to keep statistics on the types of repairs most in demand and the repair success rate so that we can ensure that the appropriate repair service is maintained. Depending on the time you turn up and the number of customers, there could be a short wait before a suitable repairer is free but we do our best to keep this waiting time to a minimum. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy a hot drink and some delicious homemade cake in the café. Our prices are extremely reasonable and, combined with donations, our café sales help to cover costs such as the purchase of consumables and specialist tools that may be needed.
When an appropriate repairer is free you are invited to sit with him/her, watch the repair taking place and even assist with it if you so wish. The repairer will always explain exactly what is happening so it's also a chance for you to learn and pick up some new practical
skills. Many of our regular customers have become friends with certain repairers and ask for them by name.
If your possession is irreparable - and unfortunately sometimes this is the case - the reasons for this will be fully explained and advice given on the safest and easiest way to dispose of it.
Why use a Repair Café?
There are many benefits of choosing repair and re-use instead of buying new:
Economic - repairing our possessions can save us all a significant amount of money over time. Often, a very simple repair is all that is needed to extend the usable and useful life of a product for several months or longer. Many products - especially the cheaper household appliances - are poorly designed nowadays and not built to last more than one or two years.
Environmental - repair and re-use reduces waste and our use of finite raw materials to make new products. Repair and re-use reduces carbon emissions thus helping to mitigate climate change - and it is also preferable to recycling which can also use enormous amounts of energy.
Social - a regular Repair Café session has been shown to stimulate civic pride and strengthen communities. By creating a strong sense of harmony and purpose, it brings together those with shared interests and values. Over the years, many friendships have been made and visitors now come along to meet up and chat with old friends.
Where is my nearest Repair Cafe?
If you don't live in the Malvern area, find your nearest Repair Café below:
Location: St Georges Hall, Bewdley, DY12 2EQ
When: Third Saturday every month (except August) from 10.00am - 2.00pm
Contact: John Rhymer, 01299 403424
Facebook: Transition Bewdley
Location: Evesham Methodist Church, 69 Bridge Street, Evesham WR11 4SF
When: Second Saturday every month from 10.00am to 2.00pm
Contact: Tony Piper, 01386 300478 / 07908 968567
Facebook: Evesham Repair Cafe
Location: Kidderminster Youth House, Bromsgrove Street, Kidderminster DY10 1PF
When: First Saturday every month (except August) from 10.00am - 2.00pm
Facebook: Kidderminster Repair Cafe
Location: Community House, 103 Easemore Road, Redditch B98 8EY
When: Last Saturday every month (except December) from 10.00am to 2.00pm
Facebook: Repair Cafe Redditch
Location: Tewkesbury Baptist Church, Station Road, Tewkesbury GL20 5DR
When: One Saturday every month from 2.00 - 5.00 pm
Contact: by email;
Facebook: Tewkesbury Repair Cafe
Location: Unity House, Stanley Road, Worcester WR5 1BE
When: Second Saturday every month (except August) from 11.00am - 2.00pm
Contact: Rod Howell, 07852 310912
Facebook: Repair Cafe Worcester
If you have more questions please look at our FAQs. If you would like to get involved with Repair Cafe Malvern Hills there are many ways in which you can help so please go the Contact page and get in touch.