Waterside Repair Cafe

Hampshire, United Kingdom

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Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


At the Waterside Repair Café everything centres on making repairs. Volunteer repairers will be available to help make all possible repairs for a small donation. Tools and materials will also be on hand. People visiting the Repair Café will bring along their broken items from home. Toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery… any small item that is broken is welcome. The Repair Café specialists almost always have the know-how and should they be unable to make the repair they will help you find someone locally who can.


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Blackfield Baptist Church Hall SO45 1XA

About the group

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Waterside Repair Cafe

Located just outside of the New Forest, Waterside Repair Cafe aims to reduce waste and support local people to repair over disposal. Linking to a local food waste programme, refreshments are provided from supermarket waste. This also allows us to offer food that would otherwise go to waste to our Repair Cafe visitors.

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.