Newlands Activity Centre

Scottish Borders, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarNewlands Restarters

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


A Restart Party is a free community repair event where volunteers help people fix their own broken or slow electronic devices and small appliances, to save them from waste and change our relationship with electronics.

Our Restart Parties have been a great success with our Fixer Volunteers assessing and repairing a set of Active PA Loudspeakers, a NAD HiFi and a set of GHD hair straighteners at our very first event.

Our Restart fixer team have assessed, identified the problem and repaired diverse items such a Tennis Ball launcher (potentially saving the local tennis club around £1,500.00 on a replacement unit) to the foot pedal of a vintage sewing machine.

Volunteers are invited to join our Fixer group by emailing – [email protected]


Get directions on Google Maps

Newlands Activity Centre, EH46 7BZ

About the group

Group avatar

Newlands Restarters

As of January 2020 we are a 'Group' of four 'Fixers' who have established a regular monthly Restart Party hosted by Newlands Community Development Trust here at Newlands Activity Centre, Romanno Bridge in the Scottish Borders.

During 2020 we aim to expand our team of volunteer Fixers and work with James at the Restart network to expand our service.

If you are interested in joining our Restart Fixers team please get in touch - [email protected]

Group Stats




hours volunteered


parties thrown


waste prevented


CO2 emission prevented

Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • 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.


  • 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.