Repair Café Attracts Young Visitors

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We were back at Skills for Change on March 19 and as always had a diverse group of visitors. This time we had more children. They not only brought items to be fixed but also participated actively in the repair process with their fixers. They enjoyed spending time with other fixers too.

We are proud of how knowledgeable and patient our fixers are. In this video, you can see how Paul and Ed come together to help a visitor, Milen, figure out what caused her steamer to stop working. They discover the switch for the thermostat is the cause.

Watch how Paul and Ed work with Milen to think through what to do next. By the end, Milen is ready to finish the job herself.

Video by Lon Appleby

To view the event photos, please visit our Facebook page. We would like to thank Frank’s Pizza House for providing a great lunch for our volunteers. Everyone enjoyed it!

Our next café will be held at Albert Campbell Library in Scarborough on Saturday April 23. Hope to see you there!

Click here to go to our Upcoming Events page.

Thank You to Central Neighbourhood House!

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On Feb 27, the Repair Café returned to one of our favourite community centres, Central Neighbourhood House (CNH). Once again, we had our workstations set up in the gym with colourful murals painted on the walls. It was another successful event. A big thank you to the CNH staff for the terrific support from planning and promotion to venue and setup. Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers from CNH. What a pleasure working together to offer the Repair Café to the local neighbourhood! For more event and “fixed” photos, please visit our Facebook page.

4 hours,158 items, bring it on…

At the Repair Café, we take pride in the ability of our volunteers to handle different repair challenges. We are not just a community event. We also get a lot of things fixed, and people walk away learning something they never knew before.

January’s Repair Café at STEAMLabs was a terrific success. Thank you everyone for demonstrating once again what awesome volunteers we have. Another record was set. In four hours, we dealt with 158 items, and that’s not including the dozens of muffins, cookies and coffees.

The next full Repair Café is just around the corner. We are returning to Central Neighbourhood House on Saturday February 27. Here is a video that was done the last event there that captures why the Repair Café continues to resonate with whichever part of the city we are invited to. Thank you, Cat, Francesca, and the rest of the crew for the video! For details about the upcoming event, click here.

See you there!