Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network

Things break and Repair Cafes help fix them, pairing skilled volunteer repairers with people who need things fixed, preventing useful goods from going to landfill, tackling climate change, and building community. Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network supports a fast-growing network of Repair Cafes.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2022 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2022

Registered Charity in England and Wales (1127376)

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Championed by The Big Give Trust


  • Community Support & DevelopmentCommunity Support & Development
  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing


  • Older PeopleOlder People
  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind


United Kingdom


Every day, useful items are being thrown into landfill because it’s cheaper and easier than getting them fixed. In the UK we have per capita the second highest rate of electronic waste in the world, and every replacement television or laptop purchased has the equivalent carbon footprint of a return short haul flight, so it’s bad news for our climate. Many people are frustrated by the short lifespan of their products and are keen to make them last longer but struggle to do so.


We will expand access to repair by supporting local communities across Cambridgeshire to set up and run their own Repair Cafes. These events pair skilled volunteer repairers with people who have all sorts of things that need fixing, such as phones, laptops, jewellery, clothing, toys, and furniture. Useful items are fixed, and connections are made, with repairers and attendees valuing the opportunity to connect with others in the local community.

  • I really enjoyed this friendly ‘How to run a Repair Café in your community' session which was well-pitched and responsive to the wide array of questions... There was a lovely energy to the session and I came away with practical answers to my questions and with the confidence to get started.

    — Wendy Lansdown, Cambridgeshire County Council’s Neighbourhood Cares team

  • I have missed everybody! I love the camaraderie of the repairers, the social interaction with repairees and the ability to convince people to have a go themselves and to not waste stuff.

    — Volunteer repairer, on returning to Repair Cafes after lockdown

  • I was so pleased that I was able to get my hairdryer fixed at the Repair Cafe. It really made me think about the impact that getting just one thing repaired can have... The event had an amazing energy and it felt empowering coming together as a community to make a difference.

    — Visitor at The Circular Festival Repair Cafe