Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the volunteer specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.

We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves. Especially younger generations no longer know how to do that. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost which is a threat to a sustainable future and to the circular economy, in which raw materials can be reused again and again.

That’s why there’s a Repair Café! People with repair skills get the appreciation they deserve. Invaluable practical skills are passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products. It cuts CO2 emissions, for example, because manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released.

The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value; the Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?


Every 2 months.

Once we have established how many repair volunteers and what skills they have, we will announce the first date that the Reading Room will open its doors on the first Repair Café for residents of Helmdon, Sulgrave and Syresham to bring their broken items.

join the REPAIR CAFÉ volunteer team

Repair Café Helmdon is looking for local residents with different skills who can be present as repair experts during Repair Café meetings. We are especially looking for people who are knowledgeable and handy with:

  • clothing / textiles
  • bicycles
  • electrical appliances
  • furniture / wooden objects
  • PCs, laptops and Macs
  • smartphones (Android/Apple)

and who enjoy sharing their knowledge with their neighbours.

In addition, we are also looking for assistance hosting at the meetings; to help provide coffee, tea and refreshments, welcome visitors and serve as a contact point for both visitors and repairers in the Repair Café. Without volunteers, the Repair Café is nothing, so please sign up below to let us know you’re interested in helping.