Kingston Library – Community Room

London, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarKingston upon Thames Repair Network

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

Repair Café is coming to Kingston Library Community Room on the 1st Saturday morning of every month, starting on the 4th February 2023.

Repair Café Kingston is a community initiative, under the umbrella of Transition Town Kingston, promoting repair and skill-sharing as sustainable alternatives to throwing things away. Residents can bring their broken items to fix on the spot with the help of experienced volunteer repairers. All repairs and refreshments are free, though donations towards our costs are very welcome.

Please read the House Rules for volunteers and visitors before coming along.

Volunteering for Repair Cafe: please read the House Rules, the Repair Cafe Manual, guidelines for working safely and other useful information on our page for volunteers. If you would then be happy to help with fixing things, please contact us, outlining in the first instance what kind of repairs you could do and your availability, and letting us have your contact details for further updates and information.

To find out more about the Repair Café or volunteering to fix things: see Transition Town Kingston’s website and/or come along to one of our Saturday morning sessions to meet us and have a chat.

With thanks to Kingston Library for the use of its lovely community space, and to John Lewis Kingston for the seed-funding that enabled us to start this project.

Location

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Kingston Library, Fairfield Road, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 2PS

About the group

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Kingston upon Thames Repair Network

Welcome to Kingston upon Thames repair network. This network is for people interested in repairing broken items in Kingston, as well as any community repair groups interested in promoting their repair events.


We are particularly interested in identifying local residents in Kingston who have the skills to repair and are willing to volunteer their time for the benefit of the community at any forthcoming repair workshops.


Please use this network to ask questions and share knowledge and advice on repair. If you or your group are hosting a repair cafe at any point soon, please feel free to post the event details along with any requests for volunteers or resources.


Let's support each other to build a repair movement in Kingston, to cut down on waste and reduce unnecessary consumption.

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts

DO

  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.

DON’T

  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.