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1st Jul, 2022

Call for volunteers to get Stratford Repair Cafe off the ground

A REPAIR Cafe could be up and running in Stratford by the end of the summer and an appeal has gone out for volunteers with fixing skills.

Net Zero and Stratford Town Trust are working on the project together and are on the look out for repair experts to help the popular cafe back to the town.

Repair Cafes have been set up across the country giving people the chance to get an item fixed rather than throw it in the bin.

There are successful repair cafes in Leamington and Alcester, with plans mooted to open a further cafe in Wellesbourne soon. Stratford has run repair cafes in the past but the idea is to get a regular event taking place at Foundation House in Masons Road.

Michelle Hardy from Net Zero said the Repair Cafe was the most popular idea put forward by the public at its community engagement event.

She continued: “It demonstrated there was an appetite for one in the community. We talked about this with Stratford Town Trust – Foundation House is an ideal location to hold it – and they leapt on the idea and we decided to collaborate.

“So it will be co-hosted by Net Zero and Stratford Town Trust and we are hoping to start it towards the end of the summer”.

The cafe is likely to be a monthly event but the day of the week it would be held needs to be decided.

Net Zero is keen to get together a group of volunteers with repairing skills. In particular the cafe is on the lookout for those with electrical skills who can bring electrical goods back to life, as well as those who can repair bikes, jewellery, clocks and furniture. Sewing skills to repair clothes and tool sharpening are other key areas.

The cafe is also on the hunt for volunteers who can help with refreshments and make cake, and people who can run the reception.

Ms Hardy added: “We want to get the volunteers on board early and work with them so that they are part of the process and can help shape the cafe.”

To volunteer contact Fran Nibbs by emailing fran.nibbs@foundationhouse.co.uk

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