(Repair Cafe/Photo by Robert Cheng)

Do you have items laying around your home in disrepair? Thinking of throwing them out? Try taking them to Repair Cafe instead!

When Robert Cheng got involved with the Repair Cafe, it wasn’t as an organizer, but as a handyman. However, the club was suffering for organizers and so Robert stepped up to the plate. He found himself to be more useful in this role, and has been organizing Repair cafes in Victoria ever since.

For those who don’t know what a repair cafe is, the premise is simple: a community getting together to repair broken items. The cost is free, but the repair cafe is accepting donations in order to keep their event running.

Cheng explains that the purpose of these events is “to pass on [repair] skills, reduce waste, and to bring the community together.”

The original repair cafe was hosted in 2009 in Amsterdam, by Martine Postma. The idea picked up momentum globally and quickly made its way to us.

Saturday’s event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and will take place at the Fairfield Community Place. If you can attempt to carry it in, they will try and repair it!

This includes appliances, bicycles, electronics, clothing, furniture and more. Occasionally, there will be someone on site available to help out with computer or cellphone repairs. The only exceptions are living things (plants, animals), dangerous goods (chemicals, weapons), and/or highly valuable goods (whether personal, or commercial).

If you are unable to make it out to this one, you can find more repair cafes in the city in the future. The Fairfield Community Place will host the event again on July 6th, August 10th, and October 19, 2019 .

For more information on repair cafes here in Victoria, visit: http://repaircafevicbc.ca/

Fairfield Repair Cafe

  • When: Saturday, April 6th, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Where: Fairfield Community Place, 1330 Fairfield Rd
  • Admission: Free/By donation