Southampton Repair Cafe

Southampton Repair Cafe runs on the first Sat of each month (except Jan) at Freemantle United Reformed Church Hall, 257 Shirley Road SO15 3HS from 10.30-13.00.

We will tackle most portable items including electrical, bikes, sewing, computers, jewellery and more. For more information, see our facebook page www.facebook.com/southamptonrepaircafe/

If you would like to know more or can help in any way please contact repaircafe@transitionsouthampton.org

PLEASE NOTE: Our repairers generally do not carry wide range of spares, so if you think you need a new cable/clip/pin or other widget please bring it with you to the cafe. If you are unsure of what you need please come along and ask, and one of our repairers will be happy to advise.

Repair cafe etiquette

Visitors, please help repair cafe run smoothly by keeping following guidelines:

Please check in at the reception desk, whether you want to bring an item to be repaired or just to have a look around.

Items must be hand portable. Only one item can be presented to the repairer at a time and must be accompanied by a completed and signed disclaimer form. More than one item may prevent another person having a repair done during the busy period. However, if time allows, extra items can be considered for repair on completion of an additional registration form. Repairs brought in within 20 mins of the cafe closing time will only be carried out if they can be completed within the time available.

Repair cafe is about sharing skills as much as about saving items from the bin and where practical, repairees are encouraged to work with the repairers to see how the repair is being done and pick up new skills. Therefore please stay with your repairer while they are doing the work – items for repair cannot be left with the repairer for collection later.

Please be aware that not all items can be repaired, and you may be advised either to replace an item or take it to a shop for professional repair. If the repair looks likely to take longer than 20 minutes we may not be able to help, especially at busy times. We do not want to put commercial repair shops out of business and have compiled a directory of local repair shops you can use if repair cafe cannot help.

If your repairer says you need to buy a part before the repair can be carried out, you may be able to pop out to buy it during the cafe but if time is short you may have to return the following month.

The repairers are working with various tools and instruments and we must safeguard against and possible injury occurring – if you have brought children with you please be sure to keep a very close eye on them whilst you are with us.

Please remember that all repairs are performed free of charge on a voluntary basis by the repairers but donations are needed to help pay for venue hire and the future development of the service

We have several repairers on our list but still need more, especially – but not exclusively – in the following fields: ceramic repairs, garden tool repair and electrical PAT testing – so if you have repair skills or know anyone who does, please get in touch! We pay expenses and for consumables but at present will not be able to pay repairers for work. The cafe runs monthly but we plan to have enough repairers to have a rota, so no one will have to come every month if they don’t want to! We provide insurance cover. We also need volunteers to meet and greet, and to help people search online for additional sources of help.