Repair Cafe

Next Repair Cafe: 29th January and 12th February


Toss it? No way!

We are now in the swing of 2 Repair Cafes a month at the fab Lab Central on the ground floor of Redbridge Central Library in Ilford from 2pm to 3.45pm.  Our next one is Saturday 29th January. We are holding a Repair Demo each time at 2.45pm.  We will publish future dates soon.

See our video of our first Repair Cafe in 2022 featuring 80 year old Alvin who wants to leave a legacy.  


The Ilford Repair Cafe is launched and a new community meeting space created.


Our 3 repairers Hamant, Dilip and Michael tried their skills on 10 broken items.  Four items were repaired, two can be sorted with an easy spare part, and others are still under review.  We were pleased with this because the 20+ people who came along or chatted with us were themselves concerned about landfill and had broken items. 

We loved the vibe of the visitors and conversations.  


Lab Central is a funky community space and we are indebted to Maria Reguera, Developmental Librarian, and Vision for their partnership in this new endeavour.

Tips on how to repair here.


Next Repair Cafes are:  29th January, 12th February and 26th February, 12th and 26th March, 9th and 23rd April.

Register here or just turn up.

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In partnership with Vision.


Big Green Week

We launched a Repair Cafe in Big Green Week on Saturday 18th September 2021.

What a success!

Transition Ilford and residents run a community Eco-friendly Community Market and closed part of the street where Hamant lives and the Repair Café launch was part of this.  Hamant and his friend Dilip love repairing things and used to do it at the Ilford Pop Up Green market at the monthly Recycles Ilford bike sales. Now we've linked up with Repair Cafe.


What a glorious sunny day it was!


The team managed to repair electrical and non electrical gadgets. From toasters to sewing machines, the turnout was great and teh repairs kept coming.


We hope to run Repair Cafes monthly but will just see how our first event goes before future plans.

Check out some more here

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