The Clean Earth Trust is delighted to announce the launch of its Repair Café in February 2020.
We are a Guernsey registered charity and our overall objective is to reduce negative human impact on the environment. The Repair Café is our latest initiative and through it we aim to reduce the waste we produce as a Bailiwick, increase social cohesion, get people thinking about their wider impact on our planet and introduce small changes to their daily lives to make a cumulative impact.
The Café will be a place where you can bring items to repair and we will seek to provide volunteers to offer advice and materials donated to help you. What is important to our ethos is that you will keep ownership and will do the repair yourself with guidance and support hopefully having fun and gaining knowledge and confidence to undertake other repairs by yourself in future. It will be a place to socialise, share ideas, pass information between generations and tackle loneliness.
It will include a toy hospital and, in due course, a library of things where you can borrow small items such as tools you may need just for a short while or a specific job and don’t need to buy your own. Ultimately, the Café will have a permanent location with full-time opening hours and will become self-funding. In the meantime, we are starting small with pop ups at various locations.
Pop Up Café Schedule:
Every Tuesday @ Pelicans Café, King’s Premier Health Club | 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Every Saturday @ St John’s Church Hall, Les Amballes | 10am – 12pm
Starting 1st March, for 3 months | Styx Community Centre Sunday Market | 1 – 4pm
We may need to change these times – especially in the early days depending on volunteer availability – follow us on Facebook @RepairCaféGuernsey to ensure you get the latest updates. We will expand as our capability grows. To begin with we will offer support and materials for clothing, jewellery and general repair of small items which can be carried in and repaired with hammer and nails, glue or screwdrivers. We won’t be able to support electronic or messy repair work just yet but watch this space. Please bear with us as we get things going!
Our Wish List:
Volunteers with DIY or sewing skills to attend and guide users.
Donations of any materials which could be useful in repair work including (but not limited to) small tools, buttons, bits of fabric (no matter how small or destroyed), glue for wood and plastic, sewing machines, needles, thread. In keeping with our ethos we would ask that you do not buy new items to donate but only pass on bits and pieces you no longer need.
Donations of know-how books DIY, sewing etc.
Suggestions of things that can be repaired.
Creative ideas about how we can improve.
Longer term sponsors to help us get to a self-sustaining state.
Suggestions or offers for permanent premises for the longer term.
Please pop in to any of our sessions. If you would like to volunteer, or want to find out more please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively please call Andrew Munro on 07781 400426.
Follow us on facebook @RepairCafeGuernsey