When planning your Repair Café, it is important to consider the following:
Our Repair Café Planning Guide will help you find answers to these questions and organize a great event.
Forms & Paperwork
Please use these forms and documents as templates for your own event
Whether you help sign people in, serve coffee, or fix people's items, as a volunteer you will make the event happen.
Repair Cafés need people who can repair things like
Repair Cafés also need people who can help with the event:
What you need to know:
Liability: Each participant will be required to sign a liability waiver absolving you (as the fixer) of liability for attempted and completed repairs. You will also need to sign a waiver to acknowledge your voluntary status at the event.
Safety: is the primary concern. Please employ all reasonable safety precautions. At this event we are modeling good behavior to budding do-it-yourselfers and children, so even if you feel confident without typical safety precautions, please employ them anyway.
Tools: You decide which tools to bring and which materials you are willing to supply. Personal tools and equipment will not be used by others without your permission. If you don't have the tools or materials needed to perform some repair projects, or are uncomfortable using your personal inventory, please let us know immediately. It may be appropriate to charge people for materials you supply (such as bike tubes or lamp cords).
The Fix: There are limits to what we can attempt to fix during this event. If you anticipate that a project will be very time consuming, it is appropriate to tell the person that it is beyond the scope of the event. You are not obligated to begin--or finish--a difficult or long repair. If you take something apart, you are not obligated to put it back together. Participants will have been warned that they may need to take disassembled items home.
Homework: If a project will take too long or needs special equipment, we’ll have a “homework” sheet for you to complete for the participant. You may offer basic information about pre-work, a list of required supplies, or instructions on how to finish a repair. You can also note helpful resources (e.g. YouTube videos). If the repair is beyond the scope of the event, please try to refer participants to someone who can finish the job. In some cases this might be your business, but please provide people with alternatives or an end user who will take object as-is for reuse, recycling or disposal.
Your Business: If you have a repair-related business, you are welcome to provide business cards at your table. There will also be a display area to post/provide information about your business and other repair services you are aware of.
Repair Cafés are free community events for repairing things together. When you arrive, you’ll find tools, materials, and people with repair skills in a variety of fields. Bring your broken items from home to be repaired! These events are made possible by people volunteering their time and talents to help people fix (and learn to fix) their stuff. If you have nothing that needs repairing you can still stop by and enjoy a coffee or snack, watch the repairs in action, or gather inspiration from books about repairs and DIY at our reading table.
What gets repaired at each café depends on which fixers come. Please check with the organizers of the café you plan to attend for a specific list.
What to Expect at a Repair Café
Number of Items
Carry In, Carry Out
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