Zero Waste campaign is bringing a repair cafe event to Cobh

Zero Waste campaign is bringing a repair cafe event to Cobh

Ten fixers and menders, including a qualified electrician and carpenter, will be on hand to help people with their broken items as well as to offer information and advice on maintenance. Pic: iStock

A repair cafe to help people fix anything from electrical appliances to bikes and clothes is being held in Cobh this Saturday.

The event is being held in the Sirius Arts Centre by Cobh Zero Waste on Saturday, November 23 from 11am to 12pm.

Ten fixers and menders, including a qualified electrician and carpenter, will be on hand to help people with their broken items as well as to offer information and advice on maintenance.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring small electrical household objects, such as broken plugs, lamps and kitchen appliances to be looked at.

As well as that, clothes and bags, wooden furniture, home-ware, bikes and toys can also be brought to the event to be fixed.

Finally, anyone looking for technical advice in relation to their laptop or smartphone can also pop in for a chat.

Cobh Zero Waste spokesperson Melanie O’Driscoll said they had been thinking of running the event for some time but were held back for insurance reasons.

“We wanted to include electrical appliances in the repair cafe and ran into difficulty with insurance.” 

The event is insured by the environmental group VOICE Ireland as well as by the Sirius Cafe.

“We are very excited to launch what we hope will be the first of many repair events in on the Great Island.

“It is an inclusive event, everyone is welcome and there will be tea and coffee for everyone while they wait to have their items seen.” 

Ms O’Driscoll said that the free event is also about showing people that going green doesn’t have to be expensive and it is actually about being more frugal and practical with our resources.

“We are hoping for a good turnout, we have a lot of local support and we hope the event will go well.”

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