Lake Macquarie's first Repair Cafe was huge success with about 25 people enjoying a Saturday afternoon of repairs and socialising at the Hub in Toronto.
We were busy making new friends, chatting and creating over wonderfully delicious savory and sweet afternoon treats.
Over 22 sewing repairs and clothing repurposing was completed; and more than 15 tools were given new life. We helped each other fix a bunch of items including a leather vest, children's dress ups, various clothes, and even the inside lining of some ice skates.
This local project is a collaboration between the Toronto Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, the Warners Bay Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group, The Women’s Shed on the Lake and Upcycle Newcastle.
The next Repair Cafe is scheduled for 21 July at the Toronto Community Centenary Hub, 97 The Boulevarde.
Follow the Warners Bay Area Sustainable Neighbourhood Group's Facebook page to keep up to date.
We will be focusing on clothing repairs.
Bring along clothing that is in need of repair and under direct guidance you can learn how to fix the garment yourself.
Repairs such as hemming pants and skirts, fixing holes, patching split seams or small tears, replacing fasteners such as buttons, zips and press studs, taking in or letting out simple seams. We won't be refashioning entire garments.
If you have nothing to repair, you can simply enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, be inspired by the reading table, learn some new repair skills from our volunteers or lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.