Green light for ‘re­pair cafe’

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

A DROP-IN cen­tre in Bolling­ton has launched a free ‘re­pair café’.

Peo­ple vis­it­ing the Brid­gend Cen­tre, on Palmer­ston Street, will be able to get bro­ken items re­paired for free in re­turn for a do­na­tion to the cen­tre.

The idea is to re­duce the amount of re­pairable items which would oth­er­wise go to land­fill.

Roland Ed­wards, from the cen­tre, said: “Re­pair cafes were first started in Am­s­ter­dam in 2009 and there are now 1,300 world­wide, with 230 in the UK; but only one in Cheshire.

“The con­cept of the re­pair café is that the pub­lic can bring bro­ken items, such as clothes, elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances, com­put­ers, bicycles and fur­ni­ture and be shown how to re­pair them by ex­perts.

“The ex­perts, who pro­vide their ser­vices for free, help pass on their knowl­edge to the pub­lic, and the re­pair­ing helps con­trib­ute to the com­mu­nity be­com­ing more sus­tain­able.”

The next re­pair café will be on Satur­day, July 15, from 10am am to 1pm.

The Brid­gend Cen­tre is a com­mu­nity hub which aims to im­prove so­cial in­clu­sion. As well as the re­pair café, there is a char­ity shop, work­shop and guided walks.

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