By Jenny Lindsay
I’ll go to great lengths to get a fix.
I guess I didn’t really think it through when I volunteered to head over to another Repair Café across town. They were short an electrician, and I decided to tag along with James to share ideas and bring back some tips around what others do at their sessions. So, we found ourselves road-tripping across Melbourne to participate in Ringwood's Repair Café session. After the recent pop-up in Williamstown and our regular session in Yarraville, we were going for a hat-trick.
Feeling every bit a part of a community, we experienced a familiar buzz of activity among friendly faces. Marie and Tim were fabulous hosts. Marie recently had a video made about the Repair Café, just posted it online the day before, and already it had heaps of likes. Accordingly, the session was inundated with new fans – I mean, visitors – bringing all manner of items for fixing.
The “fixers” at Ringwood Repair Café were kept busy throughout the session, with plenty of gems:
Ringwood Repair Café was a place where neighbourhood connections were growing. Having just started in November last year, there was already a thriving community of fixers and visitors, and some folks even stopping by for a coffee and a chat. (We have coffee machine envy at Yarraville!)
I became involved in the Melbourne Repair Café (Inner West) to help my local community group. Now I feel more part of a movement.
I’ve seen how the “other side” (of Melbourne) mends. It’s with the same sense of energy around helping each other, sharing our skills, saving waste from landfill, and building awareness around sustainability. And I love it!
*puts cappuccino machine on Santa’s list at Yarraville*
Michelle Fisher is the founder and coordinator of the Melbourne Repair Cafe (Inner West). She is more comfortable wielding pens than tools and welcomes contributions from those who can wield one or the other or both! Please send submissions to the Melbourne Repair Cafe's email address..
Jenny Lindsay is a seeker of sustainable lifestyle solutions who regularly helps out on the Repair Café registration desk. Jenny is the founder of Connectjen virtual assistant which offers copywriting, marketing and admin support for businesses committed to challenging the status quo.