Mend a toaster over coffee at the new fix it cafe

16 Aug  Mend a toaster over coffee at the new fix it cafe

Thai international student interns from the University of Canterbury have been helping to get a repair Cafe underway in Lyttelton as part of their community involvement project.

Source from: Star Media

Fancy popping out for coffee and a spot of upcycling?

It could soon be on the menu, with Project Lyttelton planning to open a repair Café on Sunday.

Secretary Lucette Hinden says it’s about helping people repair things in a workshop setting where tools are available for everyone.

“You can bring your broken goods to the café and get them fixed with the help of expert volunteers from different fields.”

Ms Hinden said after surveying the community about what they wanted help with, the most popular areas were DIY house maintenance and building projects – upcycling, technology, textile mending, appliances, cycle repair, furniture and knife sharpening.

She’s wanting to hear from anybody with skills in those areas who would like to be involved as a tutor/helper.

Depending on the level of community support, Ms Hinden hopes the cafe will run once a month, at the Lyttelton Recreation Centre in Winchester St.

Interns from Canterbury University have been helping to research how the idea has worked elsewhere.

The international students from Thailand work on a community project as part of their internship, and have been a great help, Ms Hinden said.

So that wobbly chair, ripped jacket or broken cycle you’ve been putting off mending could live to see another day.

Project Lyttelton also hopes to set up a library where you can check out “things” instead of books, similar to the Newtown Tool Library in Wellington.