UWE Bristol’s repair café launches offers students, staff and members of the public the chance to have their broken items fixed at the university’s Frenchay campus.
The initiative is run by students and community repair volunteers and held every second Wednesday of the month between 12:15 – 1.45pm in the Atrium of the School of Engineering (Z Block).
The repair café has been launched thanks to MAKERS funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Items that can be repaired may include electricals and small appliances, clothes, and anything that can be glued, soldered, or stitched.
Volunteer repairers of electrical and electronic items receive guidance and support from the School of Engineering’s skilled technicians, ensuring all repairs are done in a safe manner and to a good standard.
The MAKERS project - Making And Knowledge Exchange for Repair and Sustainability - aims to improve representation and belonging in engineering for women and people from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic groups, alongside those from underrepresented backgrounds.
The project aims to create a student community of making and repair and further build on the links to the wider Bristol community repair movement, including with SPARKS Bristol, Eastville Repair Café, plus ongoing work with young community members from St Pauls and previous UWE Bristol STEM partnership projects in the city.