People in a hall talking, sharing morning tea, discussing repairs and composting. A banner about De Paul House is visible.

Great support for repair café

November’s Birkenhead Repair Café again drew the crowds. Volunteers and a range of organisations made time to help people assess and fix their household objects. Over 75 items came in. Then there were the chats and social connections. We also appreciated local board members calling by.

Jewellery, clothing, electrical appliances, toys, wooden stuff, lamps, tools, and bits and bobs for soldering…. Out front, a couple of volunteers from Bike Kaipātiki worked on several bikes. The Compost Collective provided info and advice. We had a JP on hand. Sam Tu’itahi from Kaipātiki Project spoke on the Kaipātiki food co-op, and Brigitte Sistig told us about Repair Café Aotearoa New Zealand. Thanks to Lowkey Sustainable Solutions and Men’s Shed North Shore. The craft and LEGO area attracted youngsters and families. Church members provided morning tea and raised $198.50 for De Paul House.

Once again, we worked with our friends at Highbury Community House to host this event. We appreciate their collegiality and network of sterling supporters who lend their expertise to these events.

More repair cafés in 2023. What would you like to see? What will lift our local repair café even more? Send us your ideas.

Ideas for repair café