Meetup for fixers in the North & Midlands (Exhibition space)

When & where?

:clock230: 14:45-15:30
:compass: Exhibition space

Why you should come to this session

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  • What can participants hope to learn or get out of this session?
  • How you’re going to deliver this session (e.g. is it hands-on or interactive?)

Session outline

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About the facilitator(s)

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  • What’s your history with community repair and how are you involved now?
  • What makes you a good person to talk about this topic?

Help us document this session!

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  • what happened in the session?
    We set up a group for people from Midlands and North on this platform
    Go-round intro to all people present and different Restart/ Repair Cafe groups they are part of:
    @Sue_Archer and Alfred Chow from Manchester Repair Cafes
    Bryony Moore from Stiched up and Manchester Repair Cafe
    @Divya_Pujara Licester Fixers - just got a grant to help seed 6 new groups in the county
    @Sarah_Maloy Nottingham Fixers
    @Chris_Leakey Plans for a new MCR Repair Cafe
    @Margaret_Hersee Chesterfield Repair Cafe
    @Ben_Green MCR Repair cafe

Discussion of key questions;

  • How do you attract organisers and volunteers?
  • Where do you find group ‘organisers’
  • How does everyone manage insurance?
  • How did each person here get involved?
  • what did you learn or find interesting?
  • Ideas about building up a bank of fixers who can circulate between different repair event: socials, skillshares to build sense of team / bond
  • Challenges of time and capacity common to all
  • Notts found it helpful to set out clear vision and goals i.e. bring your skill in fixing and share it with others, this is everyones group/ event not something driven by only one person
  • Organisers and fixers present got started in different ways - some had support from Restart Project or other environmental groups - all who had these links found them useful
  • Choosing the ‘right’ venue and getting them involved in the promotion was seen as very important in getting more people coming along. For instance, better to have an event in a cafe which is a space people are used to and comfortable to come to is better than in a more unusual possibly intimidating space such as a workshop/ maker space. Footfall is key so is visibility and signage. Stay with one venue can have an advantage because you embed in a community
  • You can never do enough advertising! use local papers to access non social media people.
  • There are 3 Repair Cafes in MCR and a possible 3 more starting!
  • who did you talk to and did any actions come out of the conversation?

To continue conversations from this session, we’ve created a special discussion group for anyone in the Midlands or the North of England. If that’s you, feel free to join here!