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Getting ready for 2020

We’re getting our calendar ready for the beginning of 2020. The first months of the year are a great time to recruit new volunteers, engage the public on the issues underpinning our throw-away economy, but also to eat cake, to share hot drinks and connect with neighbours.

We’d love to see a flurry of event listings before everyone winds down for the year, so we’re encouraging all of the groups in our network to announce them now.

It’s the best way of ensuring participation from the public and motivating volunteers to get involved as a positive way to start the year.

Every year, January and February seem to be a “season of consumer regret”. As such, we find it’s also a good time to invite media to events, they like the angle of community repair, post-consumer-binge. So to groups that have been meaning to contact the local paper, radio or TV — it’s time to get in touch!

We have some key dates to look forward to…

Key Dates in 2020

The Big Fix

For those in the UK, there is The Big Fix on 15th February. We’re told over 50 Repair Cafés have already scheduled events on that day. We’ll be helping to tally the impact of the day, so please list your events and help enter data to be a part of it!

National/Regional Fixfests

We have yet to confirm a date, but we’re planning on convening another Fixfest UK – in the first half of the year. Our friends in Belgium and Scandinavia are also planning Fixfest early on in the year, so watch this space.

International Repair Day

The fourth edition of International Repair Day falls on 17th October next year. Please save that date, adjust your local repair event to coincide.

COP 26

While COP 25 just ended in Madrid, we here in the UK will be planning for COP 26 in Glasgow towards the end of 2020. This is a big chance to network, and ensure that repair and reuse get the attention they deserve in reducing our carbon consumption. We’re into the possibility of a side event with Repair Café Glasgow. If your NGO is accredited and a regular at COP negotiations, and you’d like to co-organise, please get in touch.

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