Although they have had to close the physical Repair Cafe, Chailey Repair Cafe’s talented volunteers have been hard at work offering repair advice online and a “drop it on the doorstep” service.
Founder and Coordinator Bryan McAlley said “The way that it works is that we put the repair request out to our volunteers and anybody who is prepared to take it on makes contact and gives you their address. You drop it on their doorstop and they’ll tell you when it’s fixed and can be collected. We’ll invite you to pay for any parts and make a donation toward the Cafe… That’s all there is to it!!”
Bryan added ”Since lockdown, we have given taken on a Sony CD player, Kenwood Chef, a quad bike, TV, Flymo, dehydrator, hoover, pressure washer, several sewing machines, a clock, printer, floor lamp, at least two teddy bears and much more!!! It’s pretty much what we usually do, but in a different way!!”
The volunteers only have limited resources right now, so they may have to say they can’t take on some items – especially if they are large!
Contact the Repair Café at firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the make and model number of what is broken, preferably with a good quality photo or two, and they will see what they can do.