Help is at hand in more way than one, the Horsham Repair Cafe has been given a helping hand by Horsham Tesco shoppers and Tesco. This inspiring new community initiative has been voted the winner of Tesco Bags of Help, during November and December shoppers in the Horsham Tesco Express stores and the Broadbridge Heath store were able to use the tokens to vote for their chosen community initiative, the Horsham Repair Cafe received the most votes.
Bags of Help is Tesco’s exciting local community grant scheme where the money raised by the sale of carrier bags is being used to fund thousands of local projects in communities right across the UK. Projects which bring benefit to their community are given the green light – these range from improving community buildings and outdoor spaces to buying new equipment, training coaches or volunteers and hosting community events.
The Horsham Repair Cafe has been running on the first Saturday of every month since October, it has seen an increasing footfall and an number of repairs carried out by lots of volunteers. Repairs range from clothing, small household electrical goods, laptops, PCs, mobile phones, there is a monthly plastic bottle refill service for household cleaning products Ecover, Bio-D and Faith-in-Nature offered by the Horsham Quakers and energy advice offered by Groundwork. The idea is that people sit with the voluntary repairer to learn how to undertake these repairs for themselves (excluding electrical repairs). This valuable community repair cafe is saving people money and helping the environment by diverting goods from landfill.
Carrie from Sussex Green Living, one of the co-founders of the Horsham Repair Cafes said “We have been blown away about the enthusiasm of local people, both in stepping up as volunteers and bringing along repairs. People so want this service”. She continued “We have had visitors from many other villages and towns, who looking into setting up their own Repair Cafe, Worthing, Henfield, Rudgwick, Dorking are a few which spring to mind”.
A mother said ” Brilliant service today, thank you so much, really pleased we came along. The lights on my daughters high-viz vest are flashing away now, perfect for the dark days winter brings”. Another visitor to the Repair Cafe said “I just wanted to say thank you so much for such a wonderful experience at the repair café on Saturday. It was lovely to get a glimpse of what goes on and I can’t remember his name, but the guy that took my radio to repair was so kind and lovely I can’t wait to see what he does when I come back next month”.
Two of the founders behind the Horsham Repair Cafe Jill Shuker and Carrie Cort have been invited to attend the Climate Coalition’s Green Heart Hero Awards on 13th March at the House of Commons. Nominated by Horsham’s MP Jeremy Quin this community initiative has been shortlisted for the Inspiring Community Initiative Award.
The next Repair Cafe is on Saturday 3rd March 10am – 1pm at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL. Booking of repairs is recommended
http://www.horshamrepaircafe.org.uk/contact-booking/ or call 07780 701184. Even if you don’t have anything in need of repair you are invited to join volunteers at the Repair Cafe for a cuppa and some lovely homemade cake.
For more information contact
Carrie Cort 07768 212833 or or Jill Shuker 07780 701184 or
About Horsham Repair Cafe
HRC was founded by Sussex Green Living and the Horsham Quakers and launched on 7th October 2017. Run by a group of volunteers it is the only Repair Cafe in West Sussex, with 49 throughout the United Kingdom and over 1,300 worldwide.
The Repair Café concept was initiated by Martine Postma with the Repair Café taking place in Amsterdam, on October 18, 2009. They are a free meeting places and where people can take things to repair with the help and support of volunteer repairers. The Repair Cafe has tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields .Refreshments and environmentally friendly people to chat to. The HRC takes place at the Quaker Meeting House, Worthing Road, Horsham, RH12 1SL, on the first Saturday of every month 10am – 1pm.
About Sussex Green Living
Founded in 2012, SGL is a not-for-profit green network and educational hub with the aim of inspiring people to live greener, more sustainable lives.
About Horsham Quakers
Horsham Quakers have been worshipping at their current site for over 300 years. The building is a hub for the community where local groups and organisations are hosted seven days a week.