On Saturday, November 30 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, join us at Firehall 5 – Brookswood (20355 – 32 Avenue) for the first-ever Repair Café in the Township of Langley!

What is a Repair Café?

A Repair Café is an event where neighbours can help neighbours repair, or learn to repair, common items. These days, when throwing things away can be quick and easy, even simple repairs are often overlooked. Instead of tossing items in the trash, give them a second life by fixing them up. You’ll help save money and the environment.

If you have a clock in need of fixing, clothes in need of mending, a guitar in need of re-stringing, eyeglasses in need of tightening, or anything in between – bring them to the Repair Café to have a local volunteer help restore them to working order.

Repair Cafés rely on local handy-people to pitch in to make the event a success, so if you’re an amateur DIY-er, fixer-upper, or tinkerer – consider volunteering at the event. You don’t need to be an expert to volunteer, even the slightest know-how can help your neighbours and new friends.

This event is free and open to all residents of the Township of Langley. No RSVP is required.

What kinds of things can I bring to the Café to be repaired?

Just about anything! Bikes, small appliances, furniture, jewelry, clothing, housewares, toys, and more. All sorts of broken items (that you can manage to carry on your own) are welcome and have a chance at being repaired.

If you’d like to confirm whether someone will be available to help mend your specific broken item, call the Township of Langley Repair Café organizers at 604-532-7300.

I’m pretty handy - how do I get involved as a ‘fixer’?

Help make this inaugural Repair Café a success! We’re looking for fixers and event volunteers of all kinds. If you enjoy repairing things and helping others learn how, join our event. Your skills – even if you’re still learning – are welcome and appreciated. Sign up to volunteer via the form below.

 

Event rules and details

  • Those bringing broken items to the Repair Café for repair do so at their own risk. Repairs are not guaranteed. While every effort will be made to maintain an item’s original condition, Repair Café organizations or volunteers will not be responsible for any damage to an item.
  • Work carried out in the Repair Café is performed free of charge by individuals doing so entirely on a voluntary basis.
  • Visitors carry out the repairs themselves whenever possible, but repair volunteers onsite can help if necessary.
  • To reduce wait times, a fixer will work on only one item per visitor. Visitors with more than one item will need to join the back of the queue after each repair.
  • Volunteers are unable to alter clothing (ex: hemming, or taking in or letting out seams), and can only perform repairs (ex: stuck zippers, reattaching buttons, patching rips and tears)
  • Replacement parts or materials will not be provided by volunteers or Repair Café organizers. We recommend you bring any replacement parts required. Even if you don’t have the materials, fixers may be able to suggest where to buy replacements parts and provide direction on how to complete the repair at home.
  • Fixers have the right to refuse repair of any item.  Items that pose a health and safety risk (such as items with asbestos, mold, lead, food residue, insects, and dirty or unwashed clothing) will not be accepted. Visitors are responsible for cleaning their items before and after attending the Repair Café.
  • Volunteers offer no guarantee for repairs made and are not liable if objects repaired during the event do not work upon returning home.
  • Fixers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired at the event.
  • Repair Café attendees are solely responsible for their items at all times and for tidy removal of items brought in that could not be repaired.

Download and share the Repair Café event poster .

Engineering Division
604-532-7300
sustainability@tol.ca