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Before binning a ripped t-shirt or faulty hairdryer, consider repairing instead. Approximately 92 million tonnes of textiles and more than 50 million tonnes of electronic waste end up in landfills every year. Not only that, but the production of new items produces further carbon emissions and drains natural resources - manufacturing a single pair of denim jeans produces roughly 30kg of CO2! 

One of the ways we can mitigate these effects is to move away from a linear economy, where goods are produced, used and discarded, to a circular economy, where goods and materials are continuously kept in use, with waste and pollution significantly reduced.

The Repair Café was founded with this ethos in mind. Through our pop-up events, we offer a space to meet with skilled volunteers, to fix or refurbish broken or worn-out goods. Whether it’s an electrical item that needs a new plug, a coat that needs a new zip, or a teddy that needs a new eye; our team will be able to offer guidance, advice or practical help to give the item a new lease of life.

​We currently have volunteers who can repair clothing, textiles and soft toys, small household appliances and electronics, and small household items such as furniture and picture frames. We aim to broaden and extend our scope as we grow. If you have experience repairing computing and audio equipment, jewellery, books, pottery or porcelain, and would like to join the team, please get in touch

Our cafes are free to attend, however donations are welcome. Learning a new skill and developing a mending mindset underpins the principles of the project, and because of this we do not offer a drop-off / pick-up service. 

Repair Community

Transitioning to a repair and reuse mindset takes a shift in lifestyle. Share skills and advice via our online community, where we encourage conversation around repair culture. 

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Repair Cafe Directory

Looking for something different to be repaired? 

Check out our repair cafe directory! 

Upcoming Pop-Ups

  • Knit and Natter in July @ Health Connections
    Knit and Natter in July @ Health Connections
    Tue, 23 Jul
    Health Connections, Smith St
    23 Jul 2024, 10:30 – 12:00
    Health Connections, Smith St, Smith St, St Peter Port
    A chance to meet, chat and learn/extend your knitting or crochet skills from other wool craft lovers. Tuesday 23rd July 10.30am – 12pm at Health Connections in Smith Street.
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  • Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap 10th Aug
    Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap 10th Aug
    Sat, 10 Aug
    KGV
    10 Aug 2024, 11:00 – 14:30
    KGV, Rue Cohu, Guernsey
    Breathe new life into old and worn-out items. Bring along your broken clothing, textiles, soft toys, small electricals and DIY for repair or take part in the clothes swap - open to womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Van Fundraising!
    Van Fundraising!
    Ongoing
    Fundraising
    Ongoing
    Fundraising
    The Clean Earth Trusts van is on its very last legs and needs to be replaced ASAP in order that we can continue to run all the amazing community events that we currently do. These include the beach cleans, adult and kids clothes swaps and repair cafes.
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  • Weekly Beach Survey
    Weekly Beach Survey
    Every Saturday
    Various locations
    Every Saturday
    Various locations
    Our weekly beach surveys take place every Saturday. Help build Guernsey's report on ocean waste as we clean-up our coastline. Location changes weekly, keep an eye on our Facebook for more info and meeting locations. All ages are welcome and litter picking equipment is provided.
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  • Kids Clothes Swap & Repairs July
    Kids Clothes Swap & Repairs July
    Sat, 13 Jul
    St Martins Community Centre
    13 Jul 2024, 10:30 – 13:30
    St Martins Community Centre, La Rue Maze, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    Come along to our kids clothing swap @ St Martins Community Centre. Bring along age 0-14 years good, clean quality clothing, shoes and accessories. Textile repairs will also be available. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap 6th July
    Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap 6th July
    Sat, 06 Jul
    KGV
    06 Jul 2024, 11:00 – 14:30
    KGV, Rue Cohu, Guernsey
    Breathe new life into old and worn-out items. Bring along your broken clothing, textiles, soft toys, small electricals and DIY for repair or take part in the clothes swap - open to womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Knit and Natter in June @ Health Connections
    Knit and Natter in June @ Health Connections
    Tue, 25 Jun
    Health Connections, Smith St
    25 Jun 2024, 10:30 – 12:00
    Health Connections, Smith St, Smith St, St Peter Port
    A chance to meet, chat and learn/extend your knitting or crochet skills from other wool craft lovers. Tuesday 25th June 10.30am – 12pm at Health Connections in Smith Street.
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  • Repair Pop Up, Swap & Sale @ The Bathing Pools
    Repair Pop Up, Swap & Sale @ The Bathing Pools
    Sat, 22 Jun
    The Bathing Pools
    22 Jun 2024, 09:00 – 12:00
    The Bathing Pools, La Vallette, Guernsey GY1 1AX, Guernsey
    Look out for our pop-up @thebathingpools on 22nd June. We'll be there for all your textile repairs, hosting a sports and swimwear clothes swap and have lots of bits and pieces on sale.
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  • Sewing Socials - June/July Beginners Course
    Sewing Socials - June/July Beginners Course
    Mon, 17 Jun
    St Martins
    17 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 08 Jul 2024, 21:00
    St Martins, Rte de Sausmarez, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    We are running a further 4-week beginner's sewing course starting in June/July. Monday's 17th June, 24th June, 1st July and 8th July. 7pm-9pm Location: St Martins. Cost: £60. Get in touch to book your space.
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  • Craft Socials: POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT/OCT 24
    Craft Socials: POSTPONED UNTIL SEPT/OCT 24
    Wed, 12 Jun
    St Martins
    12 Jun 2024, 19:00 – 03 Jul 2024, 21:00
    St Martins, Rte de Sausmarez, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    A chance to re-use and upcycle everyday items into new items with this NEW 4 week course. Dates: 12th, 19th, 26th June & 3rd July Time: 7-9pm Location: St Martins.
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  • Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap
    Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap
    Sat, 01 Jun
    KGV
    01 Jun 2024, 11:00 – 14:30
    KGV, Rue Cohu, Guernsey
    Breathe new life into old and worn-out items. Bring along your broken clothing, textiles, soft toys, small electricals and DIY for repair or take part in the clothes swap - open to womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Knit and Natter in May @ Health Connections
    Knit and Natter in May @ Health Connections
    Tue, 28 May
    Health Connections, Smith St
    28 May 2024, 10:30 – 12:00
    Health Connections, Smith St, Smith St, St Peter Port
    A chance to meet, chat and learn/extend your knitting or crochet skills from other wool craft lovers. Tuesday 28th May 10.30am – 12pm at Health Connections in Smith Street.
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  • Kids Clothes Swap & Repairs
    Kids Clothes Swap & Repairs
    Sat, 25 May
    St Martins Community Centre
    25 May 2024, 10:30 – 13:30
    St Martins Community Centre, La Rue Maze, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    Come along to our kids clothing swap @ St Martins Community Centre. Bring along age 0-14 years good, clean quality clothing, shoes and accessories. Textile repairs will also be available. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap + PROM WEAR
    Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap + PROM WEAR
    Sat, 11 May
    KGV
    11 May 2024, 11:00 – 14:30
    KGV, Rue Cohu, Guernsey
    Breathe new life into old and worn-out items. Bring along your broken clothing, textiles, soft toys, small electricals and DIY for repair or take part in the clothes swap - open to womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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  • Sewing Socials - May Intermediates Course
    Sewing Socials - May Intermediates Course
    Tue, 07 May
    St Martins
    07 May 2024, 19:00 – 28 May 2024, 21:00
    St Martins, Rte de Sausmarez, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    We are running a further 4-week intermediates sewing course starting in May. Dates are Tuesdays 7-9pm: 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of May. Location: St Martins. Cost: £60. Get in touch to book your space.
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  • Knit and Natter in May
    Knit and Natter in May
    Thu, 02 May
    St Martins
    02 May 2024, 10:00 – 23 May 2024, 12:00
    St Martins, Rte de Sausmarez, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    Knit and natter beginners/improvers knitting group in St Martins. 10.00am – 12.00pm on Thursday May 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. Equipment provided + refreshments.
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  • Sewing Socials - April/May Beginners Course
    Sewing Socials - April/May Beginners Course
    Mon, 29 Apr
    St Martins
    29 Apr 2024, 19:00 – 20 May 2024, 21:00
    St Martins, Rte de Sausmarez, Guernsey GY4, Guernsey
    We are running a further 4-week beginner's sewing course starting in April/May. Dates are Monday's 29th April, 6th May, 13th May and 20th May. 7 pm-9pm. Location: St Martins. Cost: £60. Get in touch to book your space.
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  • Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap + PROM WEAR
    Monthly Pop-Up Repair Café and Adult Clothes Swap + PROM WEAR
    Sat, 06 Apr
    KGV
    06 Apr 2024, 11:00 – 14:30
    KGV, Rue Cohu, Guernsey
    Breathe new life into old and worn-out items. Bring along your broken clothing, textiles, soft toys, small electricals and DIY for repair or take part in the clothes swap - open to womenswear, menswear, shoes and accessories. Please register to book repair slots in advance.
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Meet the Repairers 

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TEXTILES 
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Helen Walton
LEATHERWARE
TEXTILES
Sarah Koulloutas
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Dan Legg
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ELECTRICALS 
TEXTILES
FURNITURE
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Volunteering

Are you a seamstress, handyman or skilled upcycler? If so, we're looking to grow our Repair Team to provide a wider service at our pop-up events.

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