The Goodlife Centre

London, United Kingdom

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Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands

Description

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a light that no longer works? A holey jumper? Throw it away? No way! In conjunction with the folks from Traid, we are hosting an afternoon of fixing and skill-sharing.

Bring your broken items along to our Prepare to Repair event and get expert advice from the fixperts and skilled enthusiasts so that you can try to repair, reuse and recycle your items, thus reducing the chances of throwing it away.

We hope that we can help Londoners view all of their possessions in a new light and appreciate their lifelong value. By reducing our dependency on throwing away and starting over and instead focusing on repairing and reusing items, we hope to inspire enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

By learning some basic repair skills and sharing our practical knowledge with each other we can learn to love our stuff again and save it from landfill. Come and spend an afternoon with like-minded folk who are reinvigorating the ‘make-do and mend’ culture so that it once more resonates with a whole new generation.

Bring along your broken item* from home for assessment, and if deemed repairable, you can start making repairs using our tools under our guidance. We don’t fix things for you – instead we advise on the process and give a hand where we can. The idea is for the community to learn and share life-long repair skills and help each other to bring back stuff to former glory.

*Due to the time limits and the number of volunteer fixperts that are here on the day, we can mostly only help to fix one item per person.

What Can You Bring?

Transportable items are best to bring along, such as crockery, bicycles, toys, umbrellas, small electricals, clothing and knitwear…. In fact, there is very little that cannot be given a new lease of life.

Volunteering

If you have some knowledge and repair skills and would like to be one of our fixperts during our events, please get in touch. We also need people to help organise, make tea and generally be an all-round good egg.

Prepare to Repair Events will take place at The Goodlife Centre (see below for new dates). The Goodlife Centre is just ten minutes from Waterloo, Borough and Southwark tube stations.

NO NEED TO REGISTER.

Location

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49/55 Great Guildford Street, London SE1 0ES, UK

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The Goodlife Centre

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose?  With a light that no longer works? A holey jumper? Throw it away? No way! In conjunction with the folks from Traid, we are hosting an afternoon of fixing and skill-sharing.

Bring your broken items along to our Prepare to Repair event and get expert advice from the fixperts and skilled enthusiasts so that you can try to repair, reuse and recycle your items, thus reducing the chances of throwing it away. 

We hope that we can help Londoners view all of their possessions in a new light and appreciate their lifelong value. By reducing our dependency on throwing away and starting over and instead focusing on repairing and reusing items, we hope to inspire enthusiasm for a sustainable society.  

By learning some basic repair skills and sharing our practical knowledge with each other we can learn to love our stuff again and save it from landfill. Come and spend an afternoon with like-minded folk who are reinvigorating the ‘make-do and mend’ culture so that it once more resonates with a whole new generation. 

Bring along your broken item* from home for assessment, and if deemed repairable, you can start making repairs using our tools under our guidance. We don’t fix things for you – instead we advise on the process and give a hand where we can. The idea is for the community to learn and share life-long repair skills and help each other to bring back stuff to former glory.

*Due to the time limits and the number of volunteer fixperts that are here on the day, we can mostly only help to fix one item per person.

What Can You Bring?

Transportable items are best to bring along, such as crockery, bicycles, toys, umbrellas, small electricals, clothing and knitwear…. In fact, there is very little that cannot be given a new lease of life. 

Volunteering

If you have some knowledge and repair skills and would like to be one of our fixperts during our events, please get in touch. We also need people to help organise, make tea and generally be an all-round good egg. 

Prepare to Repair Events will take place at The Goodlife Centre (see below for new dates). The Goodlife Centre is just ten minutes from Waterloo, Borough and Southwark tube stations.

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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.