Tottenham – Broadwater Farm

London, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarHaringey Fixers

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? A lamp that no longer works? A toaster that doesn’t toast? A holey jumper? Throw it away? No way! We are hosting afternoons of fixing and skill-sharing.

This is a community event where local people get together to fix broken things, often learning new skills and sharing existing ones. Repair Cafés aim to help people learn to fix and\or help others to fix, to bring about a shift in consumerism and to throw less away. We try to match people who want to fix something broken with those keen to help. 

We say – don’t leave it in a cupboard or throw it away – fix it. 

We help “bringers” get into the habit of repairing and reusing things, saving them money and helping us all. Our repairers ideally aim to hand the bringer a tool they may not otherwise have easy access to (if that’s what needed) and guide them towards mending whatever can needs it – we fix around two-thirds of what is brought in this way. We use “troubleshooting” skills to help people fix things – has the fuse gone? What happened to stop it working? The sorts of problem-solving we all do lots of, just to get through the day. Some of us have specific expertise in things like phones, electricals, sewing, darning etc and we call them in as and when needed but a lot of our repairs just need common sense and a readiness to share the problem and help people. In other words, no need to be an expert. If you are already good at problem solving (or want ot be better at it) that’s all that’s needed to fix a lot of stuff.

If you have skills you can share, please bring along any tools you use (we already have a wide range) and help us help others – let us know on the order form you can help. Swap skills too – you help to fix mine and I’ll help to fix your broken stuff.

Here’s a list of some of what we’ve helped people fix/mend over the last few years:

Electric Toothbrush, clothes that need some attention, cordless kettle, toaster, leather shirt (torn sleeve), Electric Oil Heater, cloth bag, broken ceramics, laser printer, tabletop cooker, mobile phone, shirt, Espresso machine, Bosch Multi-Tool, Leather bag, DVD player, CD Player, portable TV, DAB Radio, various laptops, kitchen scale, handheld blender, aromatherapy diffuser, Sony Walkman, ear buds, Henry Vacuum cleaner, fan heater, circular saw, torch, computer monitor, Baby’s cot, nightdress, dressing gowns, Solar lights, Lampshade, Cafetiere, Kids bikes, food mixer, Bass guitar, small wooden table, Hair straighteners, Sewing Machine, coffee grinder, garden chairs, Swan Teasmade, Power tool cord sawn through, Amplicomms cordless phone, android and iPhones with problems, hedge trimmer, a tabletop cooker, lampshade, cafetiere. A dress that is too big for me along the waist, table fan, tall fan, backpack whose handle at the top has detached, kettle, kids metal detector, toy crow with broken beak, Moth holes in jumpers, a carriage clock. Pendulum not rotating, Flymo mower, Electric Golf cart, Sony PSP button sticking.  

More details of past repairs here:

To give you a flavour of what we’re all about, we made a brief appearance in this BBC Radio 4 documentary.

Please join us and share the great feeling we get when we fix something with someone in a way that helps save the planet, save people money and help people to buy repairable in future if they need to buy at all.

Please tell us you’re coming to volunteer, observe or help repair here:

If you have something you want help fixing, please book a free slot here:


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Adams Rd, London N17, UK

About the group

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Haringey Fixers

We run 'community repair' events in Haringey on most weekends each month - three hour sessions, all free, run by volunteers.

We're always looking for people to help out in the whole range of ways that make Repair Cafés\Restart Parties work, from setting up and taking down, making the tea, being a repairer, being a supportive spectator, collecting data, editing web pages, shadowing whilst you learn, doing repair triage and generally adding to the warm, positive atmosphere we all help contribute to.

So, please call or email us on [email protected] to become a volunteer, observer or a repairer.

You're very welcome to book something in and get help fixing it so you can see how we operate if that appeals to you.

Let's get to know each other and swap skills for the good of the planet :)


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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.