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Farnham Repair Café

Farnham Repair Café Visitors to FRC: 1004
10am – 12:30pm Repairs completed: 299
10th June 2017 Repair rate: 63%
Farnham United Reformed Church Landfill diversion: 912 Kg
South Street CO2 reduction: 418Kg
Farnham Satisfaction: 98%
Surrey Citizen savings: £18,885

Farnham Repair Café 

The objects of Farnham Repair Cafe are:
To protect and safeguard the environment for the public benefit through the promotion of repair and re-use of products as a means of preventing and minimising waste disposal.

Farnham Repair Café is a collaborative project between The Centre for Sustainable Design® at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council, Farnham United Reformed Church and Transition Town Farnham.

Farnham Repair Café is a part of the global repair café movement led by Repair Café International Foundation.

Farnham Repair Café is a Registered Charity Number 1172613

What is a Repair Café?

“Repair Cafés are free ‘community-centred workshops’ for people to bring consumer products in need of repair, where they can work together with volunteer fixers to repair and maintain their broken or faulty products. In addition to repair, many Repair Cafés provide assistance with product modification, particularly to clothing to improve fit and appearance.” Charter & Keiller, 2016

Repair Café Wiki

The Repair Café Wiki is an online repair community resource, initiated by volunteers at Farnham Repair Café (UK) with the support of The Repair Café International Foundation, to help promote the sharing of knowledge and experience in the repairing of a diverse range of everyday household products both new and old.

Farnham Repair Café in the media

FRC on Facebook

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Farnham Repair Café features on BBC Radio 4 ‘Saturday Live

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What a Repair Café offers to Farnham

The Farnham Repair Café (FRC) offers a monthly ‘Place and Space’ for Farnham’s citizens to come and get products fixed and to “share in the repair”. To date a variety of products have been fixed at repair stations covering electrical/electronics, mechanical, bicycles and clothing/apparel. This has included specific repairs to vacuum cleaners, head phones, lights, hats, jackets, bags, baby strollers and bicycles. The launch of FRC builds on original research and a conference that The Centre for Sustainable Design ® organised on global Repair Café and Hackerspace movement.

FRC is not just about repairs, there is also scope for creativity. Broken consumer products can be brought to the “creative zone”. As part of the creative process, FRC encourage town residents and students to experiment and explore new ideas around up-cycling of products – re-assembling product parts for a new intended purpose or for an improved function.

FRC also offers a place to socialise and network, and fits well into Farnham’s identity as a crafts town. It offers a space to “re-craft” products and provides an opportunity to practice haptic (hand-to-head) skills and creatively complete technical fixes to broken gadgets, alongside experimenting with new ideas from waste.

Who benefits?

Product owners visiting FRC either get their broken products repaired or are given advice on how to repair or recycle it. Volunteer repairers value the opportunity of sharing their knowledge and skills with local townspeople. Central to FRC is the “Share the Repair” philosophy that encourages all product owners to participate in the repair process and learn how to do repairs themselves. A successful repair should increase the useful lifetime of their product and therefore divert waste from landfill. If the repair is beyond the capability or capacity of the Repair Café, product owners will receive advice on how and where their product may be repaired or recycled. The aim is for the product owners to come away with a greater understanding of how their product works and why repairing is a better solution than recycling or binning it!

FRC also aims to cooperate with local repair businesses by acting as a supportive hub offering access to those local repair businesses and encouraging them to get involved directly as volunteers in the Repair Café  to help promote their business. It is hoped that FRC will become a catalyst for a more efficient and robust repair ecosystem in the town by providing a useful intervention in the waste stream that presently does not exist.

How does it work?

Product owners bring their broken products to the FRC and then explain the problem to volunteer repairers. Then the product owners are directed to appropriate repair stations where diagnosis is undertaken, advice is given and repairs are completed where feasible. FRC operates every second Saturday of the month from 10.00am to 12.30pm. It is hoped that regular monthly activity establishes a familiar pattern for visitors perhaps linked to a Saturday morning shop or visit to the town.


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The event is free.  To attend on 10th June 2017 just send an email to Ros on rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk highlighting

A) If you will bring a product that needs repairing and if so, what?
B) If you are prepared to provide repair expertise and if so, which areas?
C) If you just want to attend for learning and networking

Ros Carruthers
The Centre for Sustainable Design ®
University for the Creative Arts,
Tel: +44 (0) 1252 892772
Email: rcarruthers@uca.ac.uk

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