Woodend Neighbourhood House

Can we fix it… yes we can!

Woodend Repair Café was launched on Saturday, 1 September 2018, Farmers’ Market Day.

The first of its kind in the Macedon Ranges, Woodend Neighbourhood House is thrilled to be joining the 1,000+ repair cafés around the world that fix household items for free in the bid to reduce waste. “There has been a growing awareness and eagerness to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle in the Ranges, and a local repair café is a great opportunity for the Woodend Neighbourhood House to further support this movement” said Woodend Neighbourhood House Coordinator Angela Van Dam.

Woodend Repair Café will be open on the first Saturday of every month (Farmers’ Market Day) from 10am to 1pm, and will operate out of the Undercroft at the Woodend Neighbourhood House (access through the community garden via gates by skate park).

What’s on the menu at the Woodend Repair Café you ask?

“Everything from bicycles, to wooden furniture, small mechanical items, computers, clothing, and teddy bears needing some love, to start with” explained Volunteer Repair Café Coordinator Jasley Wilding-McBride. “We’ll be happy to have a go at most things except for 240 volt electrical items – generally things with a plug – for safety reasons” Ms Wilding-McBride added.

Repair Cafés are all about reminding people that so many things can be as good as new with a little bit of know-how. “We’re excited about creating a space that will bring together different members of our community so they can connect, share skills, and learn from each other” Ms Van Dam remarked.

So, don’t throw away that jumper with a tear or that chair with the wobbly leg; join our skilled volunteers who can teach you how to fix broken household items. Come along and join in on the fix-it fun even if you don’t think you have anything to repair at the time – anyone is welcome to drop in and stay for a cuppa. Woodend Repair Café services are free, but donations are welcomed to help cover costs.

Have you got a skill to share? We’d love to hear from you! Call the Woodend Neighbourhood House on 5427 1845 or fill out this form

All ideas and suggestions welcome