A 'Throwaway' Society


As a society we throw away vast amounts of stuff unnecessarily; even things with almost nothing wrong which could get a new lease of life with a simple repair. The knowledge and ability to repair and ‘make do and mend’ have been lost over the years and valuable practical skills are not being passed down the generations. Most of our waste goes to landfill and recycling options are often limited. Manufacturing new products and recycling old ones causes CO2 to be released. Our 'throwaway' society, fuelled by over-consumption and cheap goods, is not sustainable.


What's the point of a Repair Cafe?


Repair Cafe East Linton is one of over 1500 repair cafes worldwide based on the principles of Repair Cafe International. The Repair Cafe movement aims to help change people's attitudes, encouraging us to really value our possessions and to work towards creating a more sustainable society in which valuable practical knowledge is passed on from generation to generation. By participating in a Repair Cafe you can take steps towards creating a more sustainable society through fixing instead of throwing away and buying new. Developing our repair skills and knowledge together with others builds social cohesion while helping reduce CO2 emissions and the amount of waste going to landfill.


How does a Repair Cafe work?


Visitors bring their broken items from home and together with volunteer specialists they start making their repairs. Items regularly brought to Repair Cafes include furniture, household electrical appliances, electronic gadgets and devices, toys, garden equipment, bicycles, clocks, jewellery, ceramics, clothes and textiles and much more! It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or get inspired at the reading table where you'll find a great selection of books on repairs and DIY.

Roles at Repair Cafe East Linton

Subject to Covid-19 restrictions, we will be holding a monthly Repair Cafe at The Community Hall, East Linton (Saturday, 10-1pm). Anyone can bring their broken items and have them fixed with the help of skilled volunteer repairers.


We are looking for the following volunteers:


Repairers - anyone skilled at fixing:

  • Clothes

  • Electrical items including household appliances, computers and phones

  • Jewellery

  • Furniture

  • Bicycles

  • Any other common household item


In addition, we are looking for Repair Cafe Assistants to:

  • Help set up venue, i.e. tables, chairs, tea, coffee & cakes

  • Welcome and register customers

  • Weigh and record items to be repaired

  • Conduct necessary PAT tests

  • Support customers to complete evaluation forms/guest book

  • Facilitate repair corner for children

  • Provide home-baking


Travel and lunch expenses are covered with tea, coffee and cake available throughout.


Recruitment will be ongoing.


See you soon at Repair Cafe East Linton!


"Fixing for a Future"
East Linton Community Hall
73 High Street
East Linton
EH40 3BQ
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