We have started work on an exciting new project which we hope will be of interest.
Over the course of the past few years we have had multiple conversations with insurers, as well as other repair cafés about their insurance, and have found that insurance companies often really struggle to grasp exactly what a repair café does, and hence the type of cover we need. This misunderstanding often results in large disparities in the price and accessibility of insurance across the repair café network. We would like to start to tackle this problem and so have drafted a letter to the Association of British Insurers, in collaboration with Benthyg (Wales’ Library of Things) as we find many communities run both a repair café and a library of things (LoT), with the aims of:
- Providing more clarity about how LoTs and repair cafés operate
- Providing reassurance about the processes and policies in place
- Identifying any measures that the insurance industry expect to be in place
- Consistent insurance cover across the repair café and LoT networks with fairer pricing
We will be sending this letter to the insurance industry body and would love to be able to include as many repair café signatories as possible in order to demonstrate the size and strength of the UK’s repair café network.
If you would like to include your signature on the letter, which you can below, then please email us email@example.com with your agreement or comment below by COB 16th September ; we will be including organisation names only - no need to send individual names and job titles. We have tried to contact as many repair cafés and LoTs in the UK as we can, however, it is likely some have been missed, so if you could please share this project and the letter with your networks, it would be much appreciated.
In line with this project we have also established a Facebook group specifically for people who run repair cafés, networks of repair cafés, and LoTs. The repair and share movement is growing rapidly and we hope a united body of those who contribute to that growth will enable us to not only tackle the issue of insurance, but also contribute to wider policy discussions in future, plus share information on the practicalities of setting up and running repair cafés and LoTs. The group can be found [here] and we would love for you to join and to invite other repair cafés and LoTs in your network to do the same.
Repair Cafe Wales