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Repair Cafés


Come along and learn repair skills to give new life to items that you would normally throw away and make them useable again.


Do you have a bike sitting in your garage that you’ve been meaning to get repaired? Perhaps your favourite trousers are in need of a new waistband? Want to give that blouse you love a new lease of life? 

North London Waste Authority is excited to be delivering a new programme of Repair Café events from September 2019 through to February 2020, to help you repair and upcycle your damaged belongings for FREE. Take a look at our Events Pages  for more details of the event that is nearest to you.

The information below provides further details about what to expect and how to book, or take a look at the video from our launch in Camden.

By repairing or upcycling items we already own, it stops us having to buy new stuff. This has a positive impact on the environment (and our wallets) as raw materials can be preserved and items are prevented from becoming waste.

What are Repair Cafés?

Repair Cafés are events where you can bring along old or damaged belongings such as clothes and bicycles to be potentially fixed by repair specialists, for free. If you prefer to bring old clothes and learn how to upcycle them, this is also fine.

In addition to fixing an item, the repair specialists will train you one-on-one throughout the repair process, so that you can repair your item yourself in the future. A Repair Café is not a place for people to simply drop off broken items, but you will get to interact with the repair specialists, learn skills and build a relationship with the processes and materials that go into the manufacturing of products.

To find out more about our repair specialists, click on their profile pages linked from the left of this page. 

The Repair Cafés will be taking place on Saturdays in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Islington and Waltham Forest from mid-September 2019 to mid-February 2020. Each Repair Café is only open to residents of the borough where the event is taking place and proof of address may be requested on entry.

How to book on the day

If you have items that you would like to be repaired at one of these events you can book in with one of our repair specialists on the day of the event

Each Repair Café will last four hours, and at each event there will be eight 30 minute slots available in each of the three repair categories (textiles and bicycles). You are permitted to book one repair slot per event in the category that your item falls under. Repair slots are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Before attending an event, please refer to the Terms and Conditions of Participation,  which includes what to expect on the day along with health and safety and data protection requirements.

Electrical and electronical repairs will be offered only during specific events (details will be confirmed soon).

Please note that the following terms and conditions will be applied:

  • For bike repairs: only one bicycle is allowed per person, please be aware that spare parts such as tires, are not provided during the event.
  • For textile repairs: please note that you can only bring up to 3 pieces of textile with you to be amended.

Note on textile repairs - zip replacements

If you want a zip repaired/replaced, please bring a replacement zip with you to the Repair Café. If you are not sure of the size or type to buy, we suggest you take the item of clothing to a haberdashery shop or market stall and they should be able to advise you what type to buy.


Find an event near you

The 2019 Repair Café events are taking place as follows:

Waltham Forest, 09 November - Community Hub, 18a Orford Road, E17 9LN 

Islington, 16 November - Elizabeth House Community Centre, 2 Hurlock Street, N5 1ED 

Camden, 23 November- Oval Road,  NW1 7EA 

Hackney, 30 November - Pembury Community Centre, Ground Floor, Block A, Atkins Square, Dalston Lane, Hackney,E8 1FA

Enfield, 07 December - Enfield Vicarage, 36 Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3EG

Haringey, 14 December - Tottenham Community Sports Centre, 701-703 High Road, Tottenham, N17 8AD

Barnet, 11 January - Wesley Hall,9 Stapylton Road, Barnet, Herts EN5 4JJ