It’s no ordinary day at Falls Road Library. Among the neatly packed shelves of books, people are chatting, enjoying cake and coffee and waiting with baby monitors, bicycles, blenders and even a life-size animatronic model of Frankinstein. Today the library is hosting Repair Café Belfast, a pop-up community event, where people with practical skills volunteer to help others fix their broken stuff for free.
Repair Cafés help people to get stuff fixed for free; stuff that might otherwise lie unloved at the back of a cluttered cupboard or end up in landfill when it could be brought back to life. Please help spread the word to other people and groups who might be interested and together we can make this happen in Belfast!
There is something magical that happens when we come together with the common purpose of fixing things and building community… but you don’t need magic powers to make it happen. We have found that most of the necessary ingredients to run a successful repair café are there, in every community. At the same time, having someone who’s done it before share their recipe and a few tips can make the process less intimidating and a lot more fun.
Taking time to celebrate our first two years, what we are fixed and the community we have created, oh, and eat pizza...
We are back this autumn with a repair café every month in the four corners of Belfast! As ever, all our events are open to all, no need to book, repairs are free and donations are welcome. In September, we'll be in CS Square, our first repair cafe in a marquee, as part of the... Continue Reading →
This week, Cat Fletcher was named a ‘Legend of Waste’, beating David Attenborough and Environment Secretary Michael Gove to be named most influential person in waste in the UK. Not bad for someone who started out hiring a van to collect her friends and neighbours recycling in the days before doorstep collections. In fact, Cat... Continue Reading →
The shipyards of Belfast – the noise of heavy machinery; the steam and smoke of the furnaces; a dirty, gritty place. Birthplace of the Titanic, maybe the world’s most famous ship. And it’s also the seemingly unlikely birthplace of a cutting-edge fashion design house. Marie Nancarrow, who founded Titanic Denim in 2015, takes old jeans... Continue Reading →
Repair Cafe Belfast organiser Chris McCartney writes about visiting Edinburgh Remakery and meeting with founder Sophie Unwin. When you plan your holidays around the chance to visit awesome community repair and reuse projects – it’s time to admit you might need to get out more. But popping into the Edinburgh Remakery was really only a... Continue Reading →
Details of our next repair cafe on Saturday 16 February 2019. Please help us spread the word - print our poster or share on social media. Hope to see you there!
What would you say if I told you there was a way of turning around people’s lives, simply by getting your old and unused tools and sewing machines into their hands? That’s the goal of a small Belfast-based charity, Tools for Solidarity. And on a freezing January Sunday, eight repair café volunteers headed over to... Continue Reading →
We'll be getting together on Saturday 8 December at South Belfast Quaker Meeting House for our next Repair Cafe. It'll be our first anniversary (can you believe it's been a year since our first event?). So of course, there will be even more fun and games, crafts and cake than usual! Doors will open at... Continue Reading →