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Repair Café

Have you heard of Repair Cafés? They were originally set up in the Netherlands in 2009 with the aim of helping people fix items for free to avoid waste and to build a sense of community.

There are now over 2,230 Repair Cafés around the world including Belgium, France, the United States, India and Japan, repairing over 40,000 items a month!

Devon has a fantastic number of Repair Cafés run by the community for the community. Skilled menders and talented amateurs give their time and expertise for free to help people fix items that might have otherwise been thrown away. They usually run monthly and depending on who is there and what skills they have, they will attempt to fix everything from hairdryers to bikes to jewellery.

Find your local Repair Café on the following list or on the community groups map here.

East Devon:


Mid Devon:

North Devon:

South Hams:



West Devon:

So, what happens at a Repair Café?

You will be met at the front desk by volunteer, who will ask you to fill in some paperwork and then you will be given a number. When the mender you need is available, you will be shown to their workstation. Then you will get to watch as your item is hopefully fixed. Then as you leave, hand in your paperwork and don’t forget to leave your donation.

Repair Cafés are an amazing community resource, staffed by people who give their time for free. Perhaps you have some time or skills that you contribute? Volunteers of all descriptions are always needed so if you have any admin. skills or are good with social media, consider popping along to your Repair Café to find out if you can help.

The world has limited resources – let’s not waste them.

Repair Café volunteers.