Brighton Repair Café here!
Since receiving the funding we have been able to dedicate more time to administration and have therefore become more organised in our approach to organising events, our social media and responding to enquiries about our organisation and events from press and individuals. For example, we have not set up Google Drive Docs for tracking and reporting activities and hold fortnightly planning meetings.
Attendance at our monthly events has increased due to our ability now to regularly and swiftly respond to social media enquiries and publicise events in advance and more frequently via Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter & Restarter.net. We have also recruited a PAT tester and 2 other volunteers who will join our team in January 2020.
We are now able to offer email support to new groups asking for advice and have invited several fledgling groups to shadow our activities at our monthly events. We are currently offering guidance and support in the set-up of Hasting Repair Café and Saltdean Repair Café. We are encouraging each of the Sussex Repair Cafés and our own volunteers to join Restart.net. and have started compiling a list of Repair Cafés in Sussex on our googledrive, in order to publicise on the Brighton Repair Café blog. This will be a comprehensive list of where and when people can go each week to learn how to repair their things.
In addition to securing our monthly events at Hanover Community Centre for 2020, we have organised 4 additional events for 2020 and established new partnerships with:
Emmaus (the charity working to end homelessness):
● On the 15th February Emmaus will host BRC for the BIG FIX 2020.
Co-ordinated by Catherine Causley, Re-Use Project Officer at Devon County Council this is an attempt at creating the Britain’s biggest repair café by many of the UK repair cafés holding linked repair events on the same day and sharing their repair data, social media campaigns and stories. At the event we will invite participants to fix their own things or to help Emmaus by repairing items donated to their shop so that they might be sold and encourage future support with this from the public and community; for example potentially setting up an Emmaus voluntary repair group to specifically cater for the need for donated items to be repaired ready for selling to raise money for the charity.
Brighton Jubilee Library:
● On 22nd January, we will be part of Shine a Light’s Conversations under the Chandelier we will be on a panel to discuss Things and Climate Change. This public conversation will be about the consumption of materials, the Circular Economy and the Right to Repair Movement also on the Panel is Jo Godden founder of RubyMoon
● On 17th October, we have provisionally booked a repair event at the Jubilee library for International Repair Day.
● On the 28th March, we will be holding a breakout session at Green Architecture Day - a day of cutting edge talks on sustainable architecture run by Brighton Permaculture Trust and Low Carbon Trust
In January we aim to identify opportunities for future funding, making funding applications, transitioning to digital data capturing, adding data to the Fixometer, creating a database of repair resources and researching more rigorous insurance policies.
We look forward to continued work with Restart in 2020!