Cornwall Repair Cafe Network

What is a Repair Café?

It’s a free meeting place where people can get together to alter or mend clothes or fix broken furniture, electrical gadgets, bikes, toys, crockery and more.

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Want to learn how to sew on a button? Fix a zip to a coat? Wire a plug? There are basic skills that can help us get by day-to-day that can extend the life of the things we buy. Repair cafes offer the opportunity for people to learn something new by chatting and watching the volunteer repairers.

The Cornwall Repair Café Network is here to support repair cafes, both start-ups and those that have been running for a while, with the wider aim of creating community, teaching new skills and challenging throw-away culture.

Its benefits include:

  • Connection to a Cornwall-wide network of repair cafes
  • Access to public liability insurance at no cost to you
  • Joining a directory of repair cafes in Cornwall
  • Promotion of your events on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through the Cornwall Recycles, Cornwall Council and Cornwall Repair Cafe Network channels
  • Access to a step-by-step guide which includes advice on governance, venue selection, sample risk assessments and monitoring forms

So how can I join the network?

In order to benefit from the network, all we ask is that you complete the Cornwall Repair Cafe Network form and give permission for us to share your details with other members. In return, we will send you a Repair Café Pack (PDF) and an opportunity to share in its benefits. We would also recommend joining the Cornwall Repair Cafe Network Facebook group on the Cornwall Recycles Facebook page.

Repair CafeLocationDate and time
St Just Care and Repair St Just WI Hall, Church Street, St Just, Penzance Sunday 2 February
Falmouth and Penryn Repair Café The Methodist Church Hall, The Moor, Falmouth Sunday 2 February
Penzance Repair Café Redwing Gallery, Penzance, 36A Market Jew Street, Penzance Saturday 15 February
Tamar Valley Repair Café Tamar Valley Centre, Drakewalls, PL18 9FE Saturday 15 February (Launch)
Repair Café Bude Neetside Community Centre, Leven Road, Bude Saturday 15 February, 10am-12.30pm
Upcycle Kernow Upcycle Kernow, Unit 8, Portreath Retail Park, New Portreath Road, TR16 4QL Sunday 16 February
Helston Repair Café CAST, 3 Penrose Road, Helston, TR13 8TP Sunday 16 February
Truro Repair Café Pydar Pop-up, Pydar Street, Truro Saturday 22 February
Bodmin Bodmin Old Library, 6-12 Lower Bore Street, Bodmin, PL31 2JX Wednesday 26 February
11.30am- 1pm
Saltash Wesley Small Hall, Saltash Wesley Methodist Church, Callington Road, Saltash Saturday 29 February