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Repair cafés

Repair cafés are a worldwide network on a mission to cut waste and build up repair skills.


People mending objects at a repair café

There are 19 repair cafés across Derbyshire, in:

  • Bakewell
  • Baslow
  • Belper
  • Borrowash
  • Buxton
  • Chesterfield
  • Crich
  • Darley Dale
  • Derby
  • Glossop
  • Hadfield
  • Long Eaton
  • New Mills
  • Quarndon
  • Stanley Village (near Ilkeston)
  • Tideswell
  • Tupton
  • Wirksworth
  • Woodville

If you know of others that we can add to this list please email news@derbyshire.gov.uk. If you are interested in setting up a repair café the Community Repair Network can provide help and information.

If you have something that needs fixing, your local repair café may be able to help you mend it. This helps prevent items being thrown out needlessly and saves the cost of buying a replacement. It's better for the environment too with less materials and energy needed to make new goods.

Volunteer repairers can tackle small electrical items such as toasters, hairdryers, lamps, radios and headphones. Clothing, garden tools, bikes, computers, hand tools and small items of furniture can also be considered for repair.

Goods that are beyond repair can be taken to our household waste recycling centres.

The repair service is free but donations are very welcome.

An important aspect of the work of the cafés is about empowering people to be able to do their own repairs in the future. Where possible you'll sit with the repairer and learn from them. This may be something like replacing a fuse, mending a ripped jacket or cleaning an item to keep it working properly. People cannot leave items and then pick them up later.

The cafés are very sociable events – often with free or low cost refreshments and a sense of community.

All the cafés welcome enquiries from potential volunteers with relevant skills and qualifications. Please contact them direct.

For more information about the movement generally visit Repair Cafés worldwide and The Restart Network.

Derbyshire repair cafés

Bakewell

Bakewell Repair Café organised by Rotary Club of Bakewell meets at:

Bakewell Methodist Church Hall
Matlock Street
Bakewell
DE45 1EL

Meets on Saturdays every other month from 10am to 1pm (last items by 12.30pm) on:

  • 23 March 2024
  • 25 May 2024
  • 27 July 2024
  • 28 September 2024
  • 30 November 2024

Refreshments available.

Contact Margie, tel: 01629 813638 or mob: 07947 645331.

Baslow

Baslow Repair Café is organised by, and hosted at:

St Anne's Church
1 Church Street
Baslow
DE45 1RY

Meets from 10am to 1pm on the following dates:

  • Saturday 6 April 2024
  • Saturday 1 June 2024

Refreshments are available. Plant swaps, produce stalls and book stalls.

Tel: 01433 630930 or email: hello@stannesbaslow.org.uk

Donations help to fund toilets in developing countries.

Belper

Belper Beau Repair Café organised by Transition Belper.

Meets on the fourth Saturday of every month from 10am to 1pm at:

No28
The Market Place
Belper
DE56 1FZ

Contact Layla Marshall email: laylatransition1@hotmail.com or tel: 07970 277358.

Borrowash

Borrowash Repair Café meets on the third Saturday of the month from 9.30am to 12.30pm (last entry at midday).

Borrowash Methodist Church Hall
Chapel Row
Borrowash
DE72 3LR

Help with electrical, IT, non-electrical, textile and bikes repairs. Also jewellery cleaning and advice, and quotes. Sewing machine basic repairs and quotes for servicing. Repairs are free but cash donations towards running costs are very gratefully received.

Drinks and biscuits are available and there is a themed creative corner each month (for example, learn to crochet, card and gift tag making). All ages welcome.

There is also a crochet café for anyone from beginners to experts once a month in the same venue. The sessions alternate between the third Friday afternoon in the month (1pm to 3pm) and the third Saturday morning in the month (which coincides with the repair café).

email borrowashrepaircafe@gmail.com

Borrowash Repair Café on Facebook.

Buxton

Buxton Repair Café organised by Transition Buxton.

Meets on the fourth Saturday of the month (except July and December) from 9.30am to 1pm at:

Buxton Methodist Church
Market Place
Buxton
SK17 6HX

Fairtrade refreshments available to purchase.

Contact Jean Ball tel: 07770 416649 or email: repaircafe@transitionbuxton.co.uk

Transition Buxton on Facebook.

Transition Buxton on Twitter.

Chesterfield

Chesterfield Repair Caféorganised by Transition Chesterfield.

Usually meets on the third Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm at:

Baptist Church
15 Cross Street
Chesterfield
S40 4ST

email: repairs@transitionchesterfield.org.uk

Transition Chesterfield on Facebook.

Crich

Crich Repair Café and green exchange.

Organised by Transition Crich and held regularly. See Transition Crich on Facebook for future dates. They offer many skilled repairers including electrical and stitchers. Climate-friendly refreshments and lots of information about living more sustainably.

Crich Glebe Field Community Centre
Glebe Field Close
Crich
DE4 5EU

email transitioncrich@gmail.com
tel: 07960 494130

Darley Dale

Darley Dale Repair Café organised by Darley Dale Town Council

Sundays 28 April 2024, 28 July 2024 and 27 October 2024 from 10am to 1pm at:

The Whitworth
Brunel Room
Station Road
Darley Dale
DE4 2EQ.

Refreshments available.

Donations welcome to help with the continuation of future repair cafés. Contact Darley Dale Town Council, tel: 01629 735248.

Derby

Derby Repair Café meets on the first Saturday of every month (except August) 1pm to 4pm at:

West End Community Centre
Mackworth Road
Derby
DE22 3BL

Repairs of bikes, electrical item, toys, clothing and more in a fun and friendly atmosphere with homemade cake and tea.

email: admin@derbyrepaircafe.org.uk

Derby Repair Café on Facebook.

Glossop

Find out about the Glossop Repair Café.

Hadfield

Hadfield Repair Café organised by Hadfield Methodist Church. They meet on the third Saturday of the month from 10am to 1pm at:

Hadfield Methodist Church
99 Station Road
Hadfield
SK13 1AR

Fairtrade refreshments and home-made cakes available to purchase.

Contact email: hadfieldrepaircafe@gmail.com

Hadfield repair café on Facebook.

Long Eaton

Long Eaton repair café and swap shop. Meets at:

Infusion Coffee House
Derby Road
Long Eaton
NG10 4LB

The events alternate between the repair café and swap shop and run every other month on a Saturday afternoon.

Contact Isobel Holloway, email: aitone.collective@gmail.com or tel: 07594 962703.

New Mills

New Mills Repair Café organised by Transition New Mills.

Meets on the last Saturday of the month from 10am to midday at:

New Mills Volunteer Centre
33-35 Union Road
New Mills
SK22 3EL

email: nmrepaircafe@hotmail.com

New Mills repair café on Facebook.

Quarndon Repair Café

Organised by Quarndon Events and Quarndon Community Group. Meets on the last Saturday of every month from 10am to midday at:

Quarndon Village Hall
122 Church Road
Quarndon
DE22 5JA

Coffee and homemade cake. Bring a repair or just pop in for a chat and cake. Donations welcome to help offset expenses.

email: quarndonrepaircafe@gmail.com

Stanley Village Repair Café

Organised by the Stanley Village Community Association.

Held at:

Stanley Village Hall
Park Avenue
Stanley
Near Ilkeston
DE7 6FF

There's a community café and there is also free school uniform bank.

Please check Stanley Village Hall on Facebook for forthcoming repair café dates or email stanley.village@btinternet.com for more details.

Tideswell and District Repair Café

Organised by Tideswell and District Environment Group (TDEG).

Meets on the third Saturday of the month (except August and December) from 10am to 1pm (last submission of items by 12.30pm) at:

Tideswell Community Hall
Church Lane
Tideswell
SK17 8PD

Refreshments available and donations encouraged.

email: repaircafe@tdeg.org.uk

Tideswell and District Environment Group on Facebook.

Tideswell and District Repair Café on Facebook.

Tupton Repair Café

Meets on the second Saturday of each month from 9.30am to 11.30am at:

Tupton Rugby Club
North Side
Tupton
S42 6BW

Refreshments available and donations welcome to offset expenses.

Tupton Repair Café on Facebook

Wirksworth

Wirksworth Repair Café organised by Transition Wirksworth, Wirksworth United Reform Church and Wellspring Church. They meet on the first Saturday of every month from 9.30am to 12.30pm at:

Wellspring Church Hall
St John's Street
DE4 4DS

Contact Hilary Hebron email: hilaryhebron@gmail.com

Woodville

Woodville Repair Café organised by Circularity.org

Meets on the second Saturday of each month from 10am to 1pm at:

Circularity Hub
1 Hartshorne Road
Woodville
DE11 7JB

Woodville Repair Café have a great team but more volunteer repairers are always welcome.

Circularity on Facebook.