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What we’re all about

What is it?

Repair Cafe Ballarat is a free meeting place where expert repair volunteers share their skills and knowledge with community members who bring in broken items to be fixed.

What can be repaired?

The items that can be repaired are only limited by our volunteer repairer’s skill base and the item’s size. It is a requirement that the visitor must be able to carry the item into the venue. Visitors are limited to one repair item per person. 

 

Here are some examples of items that have been repaired at long-running repair cafes: 

 

  • Electrical goods (Anything with a plug or battery)
  • Clothing and textiles (jeans, bags)
  • Leather goods 
  • Tools ie garden or shed
  • Jewellery 
  • Books 
  • Furniture
  • Toys
  • Bicycles 
  • Bags and luggage 
  • Musical Instruments
  • Shoes

 

Repair Cafe Ballarat asks visitors bring anything they think may be needed to fix their broken item. Volunteer repairers will bring their own tools to complete the repair. 

 

Visitors must take home their item at the end of the session, whether it is able to be repaired or not. 

Where is it held?

Repair Cafe Ballarat is held at the Ballarat Tech School at 136 Albert Street Ballarat Central. 

When is it held?

Repair Cafe Ballarat runs on the last Saturday of the month from 1pm to 4pm. 

2019 dates: November 30 and special Christmas event on December 14

2020 dates: February 29, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28

Who runs it?

Repair Cafe Ballarat is run by volunteers and supported by BREAZE, the Ballarat Tech School and Grampians Central West Waste and Resource Recovery Group.

How will items be repaired?

Visitors who bring in items to be repaired will be paired with a volunteer fixer who has knowledge and skills to complete the repair. 

 

The volunteer fixer will complete the repair if possible, while teaching the visitor throughout the process.

Why Repair Cafe?

Repair Cafe Ballarat aims to strengthen community and create connections by sharing repair skills, while reducing waste by extending the life of belongings. 

 

Too often we throw away items which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair, but many of us no longer know how to make these repairs. 

 

Repair Cafe Ballarat aims to encourage confidence in people to repair their own broken items, view their possessions in a new light and appreciate their value. 

 

This change in mindset is essential to kindle enthusiasm for a sustainable society. 

But perhaps most importantly, Repair Cafe Ballarat wants to show how much fun repairing items can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?

Volunteer

 

Repair Cafe Ballarat a non profit group run solely by volunteers. It is a fantastic opportunity to get involved in community and meet like minded people while sharing knowledge and skills. 

 

Volunteer repairers are essential, but there are also many integral roles that do not involve fixing including hosts, baristas and bakers, photographers, designing promotional material and putting up posters. 

Email repaircafe@breaze.org.au to get involved or for more information about volunteering.

Donate

 

While repairs are free of charge, visitors are encouraged to donate to help cover the running costs of Ballarat Repair Cafe. 

 

Tea, coffee and delicious baked goods will also be available at Repair Cafe events for a donation.

 

For donations of consumables or tools please contact us directly at repaircafe@breaze.org.au.

 

Consider becoming a financial member of BREAZE.

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