Wirral starts its own Repair Café

On Sunday 2 July, the Wirral Deen Centre in Birkenhead is opening its doors for the first session of the Wirral Repair Café.

From 2 pm to 4pm, volunteer repair experts will be available at the Wirral Deen Centre (371-375 Borough Road, Birkenhead CH42 0HA) to help make repairs free of charge (though donations are welcome).

People visiting the Repair Café can bring along their broken items from home: toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, crockery… anything that is broken can be tackled and more than likely can be repaired. Wirral Repair Café specialists almost always have the know-how.

By promoting repairs, Wirral Repair Café wants to help reduce mountains of waste. This is absolutely necessary, according to Barbara Gleave and Kate Jenner. “So much stuff ends up in landfill. Even things which have practically nothing wrong with them, and which could easily be used again after a simple repair.

“Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired. Wirral Repair Café wants to change all that.”

At the Wirral Repair Café, the idea is for visitors to work with the repairer to learn how to carry out the repair. During their visit, refreshments are available from the coffee bar, providing an opportunity to get to know other Wirral residents in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Barbara points out that repairs can save money and resources, and can help minimise CO2 emissions. “But above all, Wirral Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is.”

Wirral Repair Café will be open on the first Sunday of each month at 2 pm. Visitors are advised to check the social media pages in the lead-up week to find out which specialists will be available.

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