Warminster fixing facility seeks helpers

Wiltshire Times: Electrical repairs and testing with Ken Corley of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust Electrical repairs and testing with Ken Corley of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust

Following the success of a new Warminster Repair Café, the organisers are appealing for more volunteers to get involved and share their skills as fixers for future workshops.

The Repair Café was set up last year by Emma Croft, waste minimisation officer at Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, and Jen Gale, who is involved with social enterprise Make It Better.

It is aimed at bucking the trend of the ‘throwaway society’ by encouraging people to bring things along to be repaired by a team of volunteer menders.

The third Repair Café took place at Warminster Library at the start of February, with the team of volunteers fixing items such as computers, phones, clothing and bikes.

Mrs Gale, who recently went an entire year without buying anything new, said: “We have had lots of people coming along to the Repair Cafés we have held so far and lots of repeat customers.

“We could do with some more volunteers for fixing, as we want to build up a bank of volunteers to call on so we don’t have to rely on the same ones every time.

“If can get more fixers then we could look at holding the Repair Café more regularly. Anyone with skills they think might be useful would be welcomed, especially electricians.

“It seems to have really caught people’s imagination, as everyone gets frustrated with how difficult it is to get things fixed and no one wants to throw things away, so we provide a good alternative.”

The current Repair Café team include Richard Hudson from Simple PC Help, Verity Scott from Lace is More, Gordon Davies from Warminster Wobble group and Ken Carley from the Wildlife Trust.

Mrs Gale, who lives in Warminster, added: “We would like to thank our fantastic team who have given up their free time to help and also the library for very kindly donating the wonderful space.”

Anyone who has a skill that they can offer the Warminster Repair Café should email jen_mmdamy@yahoo.co.uk

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