Celebrating 1st birthday of Horsham Repair Cafe


Since its launch on 7th October 2017 the Horsham Repair Cafe has gone from strength to strength. We started with a rolling programme of repair themes whilst we built our volunteer repairer team. The first Horsham Repair Cafe session commenced with clothes repairs as we already had a team of textile volunteers, to our amazement by the end of the first Horsham Repair Cafe session we had enough volunteers to cover all repair types. Retired electricians, IT and mobile phone experts streamed through the door, they wanted to do their bit to help the environment and local people. We started with 10am – 12.30pm but soon extended the hours to 1pm.

As from Saturday 3rd November 2018 the Horsham Repair Cafe will be running all day: 10:00am – 1:00pm: Repairs to laptop, computer, mobile phones and small household electrical items, energy switching & refills.  1.30pm – 4.30pm: Clothes repairs, remaking and upcycling. As from Saturday 5th January we will also be facilitating a clothes swap in the afternoon too. It takes place at the Horsham Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL

Enjoy this short video which gives a 2 minute sneek peek of the HRC in action.

This is what we have achieved since 7th October 2017…..

  • We have run 12 Repair Cafes and one pop-up at the Brighton Road Baptist Church.
  • Average number of volunteers attendancing each session 22.
  • 173 items brought in to be repaired.
  • Approximately 15 items are presented at each session.
  • Unusual items brought for repair: handbag clasp, vibrating cushion, spin dryer, electric doorbell, rolling pin handle, chair, wooden horse and plimsoll shoe!

Plastic bottle refill service

  • Prior to the HRC 370 bottles refilled
  • Since the HRC 766 bottles refilled
  • We have inspired the launch of: Dorking Repair Cafe (May 18), Worthing Repair Cafe (1st Sept 18) and Chichester Repair Cafe (8th Sept 18), a couple of other towns have visited and talked to us about setting up similar initiatives in their towns.
  • 24th June Sussex Green Living took a procession in the Billingshurst Carnival themed ‘The Future We Want’, many volunteers joined the procession and we had a stand at Billingshurst Show.
  • Delivered three presentations to Parish Councils about SGL/HRC.
  • We took our Green Stand to lots of local events.
  • We organised a Share Fair in the Human Nature Garden of Horsham Farm, running alongside Funday Sunday on 8th July.  We had a pop-up Horsham Repair Cafe, clothes, DVD and book swapping and much more.
  • At the Share Fair we organised a Climate Coalition speak up session with MP and district councillors.
  • In August 2018 we introducted an energy comparison and switching to 100% clean energy service at the HRC. We have switched 4 households since August  with savings ranging from £90 – £366 in the first year.  We formed this collaboration with Big Clean Switch in 2017 and have switched many other households via https://bigcleanswitch.org/sussexgreen/.
  • Sept 2018 Earthkind – plastic free pantry was launched at the HRC offering organic, loose and dry food refill service. They offer this service every month.
  • 8th Sept 2018 we had a stand in Horsham market as part of the global Rise for Climate campaign, promoting solutions including the HRC. Handed out our 8R’s of greener living bookmarkers promoting SGL and HRC.
  • 15th Nov some of our volunteers are running a sustainable Christmas cracker creative session for Roffey Friendship group.

Going forwards…..

  • Jan 2019 onwards 1.30-4.30pm the Horsham Repair Café volunteers will be offering a ‘Clothes swap it, change it and make it’ afternoon. People will be taught and supported in altering, taking up, taking in clothes, reuse materials. A local textile recycling company Bags of Support are going to give quality clothes which need minor repairs, these will then be offered in our clothes swapping service.
  • 2nd and 3rd March we are ‘popping up’ at the Kinder Living Show, rather than the Quaker Meeting House for two days. Details to be discussed and agreed but it is likely to include repairs, refills, energy switching and clothes swapping.
  • As part of the Horsham Year of Culture we have been offered a £500 grant, we are currently planning an Community Ocean Art Project which will include Ocean Bombing Horsham Town. Focusing on reducing plastics and the problem of pollution.  More to follow!
  • See Sussex Green Living ‘Inspiring environmental awareness and education collaboration report Jan – July 2018.
  • Recruiting more volunteers….If you have a little spare time and want to help our cause – protecting Planet Earth for future generations, could you help us with:
    • Treasurer/accounts
    • Data capture and emailshots
    • Website development

Financial statement for Horsham Repair Cafe and Sussex Green Living October 2017 – October 2018

  • SGL/HRC income = £8k
  • SGL/HRC expenditure = £5k
  • Marketing, advertising including website set up/hosting & office costs £4194
  • Insurance – £358
  • Tools & equipment – £406
  • Donations made for repairs are going into running the Cafe and supporting other associated projects.

HRC 1st birthday

Climate Coalition Speak Up 8th July 2018

Rise for Climate stand 8th September 2018

Awards in 2017-2018

Community action 2017-2018

“Greening Sussex by Sussex families”

About Carrie Cort

My name is Carrie Cort, I set up Sussex Green Living out of concern for the way we humans are treating the planet which sustains us. With motherhood in 2008 came concern about environmental sustainability and a burning desire to learn how we can live more environmentally friendly lifestyles, in harmony with nature. I have always had a passion for the countryside, animals and the natural environment. Most of my career has been spent in marketing and communications, mainly within education and the landbased industries, latterly using the power of video communications. In an effort to help create a climate for change I decided to use my knowledge and digital skills to share ideas which anyone can adopt, saving money and the planet. I’m not an expert, just an ordinary person who is on a greening journey and wanting to pass on what I’ve learnt to others. Let’s all make some simple changes, become more resilient and try to lead simpler, less materialistic and consumerist way of life.
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