Picture of a repair table with tools and items for repair. A volunteer is working on a small suitcase.

Wonderful repair café

Thanks once again to the superb volunteers who worked so generously at the Birkenhead repair café on 9 September. Fixers, advisers (composting, Digital Seniors, the Citizens Advice Bureau), church members who made morning tea and ran the kids’ craft activity (more popular than ever), our Highbury Community House co-hosts … what a difference you all made. And this time there were a couple of people surveying participants and having chats to understand the success and impact of our repair cafés – thanks to Repair Café Aotearoa for this added dimension. As usual, we collected donations for De Paul House: in return for morning tea, people gave a total of $105.50. In just three hours, 64 items came in for repair. Attendees were delighted to have things fixed (including a precious serving dish that had belonged to Grandma) or appreciated knowing that an item could be recycled with a clear conscience. Thanks to everyone who came along for the fun.

Watch here Rev. Jin Sook Kim’s short reflection on what she experienced at the repair café.

Women working on jewellery repairs and fixing clothing at sewing machines.
Woman with a display of composting materials. In the background, a sign: 'Onewa Christian Community.'
Men working on electrical items brought in for repair.
An adult and two kids wait as a heater is looked at for repair.