Repair Cafe in 2020

repair cafe 2020Repair Cafe Ballarat saves more than 240kg from landfill in first six months

The team of passionate volunteers behind Repair Cafe Ballarat is celebrating a successful first six months of events, while preparing for a big year of continued growth ahead.  

Volunteer repairers saved ninety eight items, weighing 245kg, from landfill through repairs across six Repair Cafe Ballarat events in 2019. 

More than 145 coffees were served to visitors to the six events, made by our fantastic volunteer Kerryn with coffee beans donated by local cafe Ballarista. 

On average, 25 talented volunteers donated their time during each event to complete repairs, assist in the cafe, support visitors throughout the process and lead the event.

A total of 46 volunteers have signed up to help.  Many have beautiful stories to tell; from teaching a young man how to darn a hole in his woollen jumper, to repairing a 100-year-old Singer sewing machine, or patching holes in a 50-year-old crocheted rug that belonged to the owner’s parents.

The volunteers create a welcoming and productive atmosphere at the Ballarat Tech School venue. Their phenomenal contribution was celebrated through a recent nomination for City of Ballarat’s 2019 Community Activity of the Year.  While providing a practical service to community members, Repair Cafe Ballarat also aims to celebrate repair skills that are being lost in today’s consumer society, to share knowledge, and to encourage community members to re-think their attitude to purchasing by choosing quality items that can be repaired.  The events are also a chance to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and talk with like-minded people while forming new friendships.

While the team is proud of its achievements throughout the past six months, Repair Cafe Ballarat plans to continue to grow and expand its offering to the community.A generous grant from the Federal Government for tools and equipment will help expand Repair Cafe Ballarat’s capability for electrical repairs, the service that is in highest demand. The $3000 grant will support the purchase of electrical appliance testing equipment and training to upskill volunteers in this field.

There is great potential to host education workshops during the events and this is something the team will investigate this year.

The events are held on the last Saturday of the month at 1pm to 4pm at the Ballarat Tech School.

2020 dates: February 29, March 28, April 25, May 30, June 27, July 25, August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28

Visit https://repaircafeballarat.com.au/ or like us on Facebook for more information, to read about our volunteers and keep up to date with Repair Cafe Ballarat news.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the launch of Repair Cafe Ballarat and helped make the events happen.