VOLUNTEERS experienced in repairing household goods are opening up a repair cafe in Mornington.
Members of the Peninsula branch of Solve Disability Solutions and the Mornington Men’s Shed will hold their first “repair day’” on Sunday.
A similar volunteer repair workshop is already up and running at Rye Community Centre, following on from the first Repair Cafe which opened in Holland in 2009.
The list of items to be fixed ranges from small furniture pieces to bikes, toys, crockery and computers.
“Anything that is broken is welcome but, at this stage, for safety reasons, we can’t touch mains electrical components and wiring,” “fixer” Bill Hallett said.
“By repairing goods, we want to help reduce the mountains of waste going into landfill.
“Unfortunately, many people have forgotten that they can have things repaired and our repair café wants to change all that.”
Members of the group will also serve tea and coffee.
These Repair Cafe experts will be available to help fix broken household goods free of charge, although donations will be accepted.
The fixers will encourage the owners of the broken items to be involved in the repairing.
The fixers will also be supplying their own tools.
The Repair Café is open 2-5pm, Sunday 18 November, at the Men’s Shed in Wilsons Road, Mornington. Details: 0409 197 307.
Check out the Mornington and Rye Facebook pages for up-to-date information and next open days for each cafe.