Fixing our broken stuff together

Repair Cafes pair up people who have broken stuff with people who enjoy repairing things. By fixing broken items we:

  • prevent useful goods from going to landfill; 
  • help to tackle climate change;
  • build skills;
  • save money;
  • and, bring communities together.

About us

The Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network is administered by Cambridge Carbon Footprint. We have been supporting a growing network of Repair Cafes in Cambridgeshire since 2014. We hold regular training sessions for people who want to start a Repair Cafe in their community, help to link organisers with experienced repairers, lend out tools, facilitate skillshares, offer a master insurance and share a whole suite of admin resources. Our goal is to have a Repair Cafe on every High Street. To contact us email: repairnetwork@cambridgecarbonfootprint.org.

2023 Impact Statistics

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45 Repair Cafes

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7,500 volunteer hours

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1,800 items seen

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64% of items fixed

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28 t CO2e avoided

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3.7 t waste prevented

Organising groups

There are over 40 different Repair Cafe organising groups in Cambridgeshire. They are community groups, companies, PTAs, parish councils, neighbourhood associations, scout groups and more. Bookings are managed independently by each Repair Cafe, and usually include a combination of both pre-booked and walk-in slots. Most groups organise a Repair Cafe between 1 to 4 times a year. Find your local group on the map below and click on the button to see upcoming events.

2G3S is short for Going Greener in the Shelfords, Stapleford and Sawston. We organise repair cafes in Great Shelford, Whittlesford and Sawston with about 4 events each year. These are listed on our website and on the Cambridge Carbon Footprint events pages. We recommend booking in your item for repair , following the link on the event web page.

You can contact us via 2G3Srepaircafes@gmail.com if you have any questions.

We also support the Dr Bike Stapleford bike repair workshops which are held every Tuesday afternoon from 3pm – 6pm at the Old Slaughterhouse on Church Road in Stapleford.

We are a vibrant community charity in the Abbey Ward of Cambridge, improving the lives and wellbeing of Abbey residents. We do this through targeted community projects, provision of general support such as a community Food Hub, supporting access to education and employment, projects to improve the environment, and by developing a culture of volunteering in the community.

We ran our first Repair Cafe in February 2023 at the East Barnwell Community Centre, and hope to run more regular Repair Cafes every few months.

Our group is part of the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network, facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Small village eco group, Repair Cafe is our main annual event.

A Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe organised by Bassingbourn Zero Carbon Collective

Burwell Repair Cafe is a community initiative arising from Burwell Parish Councils Climate Forum.

Inaugural cafe on 16th March, 2024, at the College of West Anglia, Wisbech Campus.

We held our first Repair Cafe in 2019 and usually hold 2 or 3 events per annum. Our events are held primarily in the Hub Community Centre in Cambourne, or at Cambourne Village College as part of their Eco Festival.

Repair Cafes are distinct from Restart Parties, but there is considerable overlap, and much to be gained from sharing information.  They are co-ordinated from the Netherlands (http://repaircafe.org), and are not in competition with Restart Parties (there’s more than enough to fix for us both!)

Repair Cafes tend to be less hi-tech than Restart Parties, though we will tackle computers, laptops, tablets and phones when requested.  Repairs are always free, and a cafe (which charges modest prices) is associated with the event, to cater for those who are waiting to be seen.

Cambridge Carbon Footprint co-ordinates Repair Cafes in the Cambridge area. Learn more here: https://cambridgecarbonfootprint.org/repair-cafes/

Community group running its first repair cafe 15th June 10am to 1pm to book in repairs see https://www.coleridgecf.org/whats-happening

The Coneygear Centre supports the community within Huntingdonshire by hosting Repair Cafés.

Cottenham Repair Cafe usually runs two to three times a year at Cottenham Community Centre, with a ‘guest’ spot at Cottenham Village College during the biennial Fen Edge Festival. We usually have electrical, mechanical, bike, jewellery and clothing repairers. Repair Cafes have been running in the village for over a decade!

After a seven year gap, we’re bringing Repair Cafes back to Ely! We’re looking for volunteers to help us–all skills welcome, from helping organise events and run the event, to repairers who can fix the items people will bring.

We held our first repair café in 2019: https://www.eversdenvillagehall.uk/eversdens-first-repair-cafe/

The aim of our group is to reduce waste, and help our local community. Funds raised are used to maintain our village hall e.g. the heating needs upgrading.

Fulbourn RepairCafe

Gamlingay Repair Cafe is a volunteer-led venture between The Eco Hub community centre and the Climate Action Group of Gamlingay Parish Council. As a group we were looking for positive actions to take in our local area to reduce our collective carbon footprint, reduce waste as well as bring the community together. Our first cafe is Sunday 7th April 2024 and we hope to run an event twice a year.

The Haddenham Repair Cafe team who will be holding their first Repair Cafe on the 28th of October 2023. Please fill in the BOOKING FORM Opens in a new window to book items in for repair. This Repair Cafe will take place in the Arkenstall Village Centre in Haddenham, Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Haslingfield and Harlton are neighbouring semi-rural villages in South Cambridgeshire, UK. We are a group of villagers who want to do our bit to protect and restore nature, and reduce our environmental footprint.

Newnham Repair Cafe,

Part of Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network

Repair cafe in Oakington, Cambridgeshire

Repair cafes organized with the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network and Cambridge Carbon Footprint

Ramsey Repair Cafe is part of the work done by Ramsey Neighbourhoods Trust.

We are a local neighbourhood association in Cambridge who are keen to encourage neighbours and the local community to repair items with the help of dedicated repairers in a social friendly environment.

Sustainable Shepreth was initiated in January 2023 by a group of residents. We are all passionate about finding ways to address the effects of climate change and its impact on the biodiversity of our community. We have the encouragement of the Parish Council and are keen to involve the whole village in these endeavours.

Soham Repair Café

The first St Ives (Cambs) repair cafe was held in October 2022 in the Methodist Church on the Waits and was greeted with great enthusiasm by the people of St Ives, Further cafes have been held approximately every four months.

This group is dedicated to the repair cafe(s) happening in St Neots.

We are a new Parish Council working group created to help our community consider how we might live more sustainably – individually and collectively – through lifestyle changes and community projects.  

We are currently in the process of establishing which environmental issues most concern people who live in Rampton such as the destruction of habitats, pollution, plastic waste etc. with a view to informing the work of both the Parish Council and Sustainable Rampton.

We decided to run Repair Cafés having heard how successful they are in bringing communities together to reduce the amount of repairable consumables ending up landfill.

Our first Repair Café will take place on Saturday 13 July, if successful we aim to run them annually. We can be contacted at theramptonrepaircafe@gmail.com

We are a Community Café with a Recovery heart, we have now had two repair cafes, which were awesome! We hope it will be a regular yearly occurrence.

We run a regular, monthly Repair Cafe on the first Saturday of the month at Together Culture on Fitzroy Street, Cambridge. Our Repair Cafe is drop in only and runs from 9am-12noon.

We held our first Repair Cafe at Together Culture in January 2023. Our group is part of the Cambridgeshire Repair Cafe Network, facilitated by Cambridge Carbon Footprint.

Repair café in Trumpington, Cambridge, operating since 2023. Currently meets in Trumpington Meadows School.

Electronics, electricals, clothing, clocks, jewellery, bikes, gadgets, sewing machines, radios, watches, woodwork. In other words we’re happy to triage (at least) most things.

We have a system where applicants fill in a web form and that feeds into a Google spreadsheet. Then we triage the repair requests and let each person know if we can help or not. In case of questions, the repairers can liaise with applicants either directly or via our administrators.

We have a good group already, but definitely open for more assistance from interested volunteers near us!

Waterbeach is a repair cafe which is usually run once a year, often, in conjunction with the Summer at the Beach art festival. It’s been running for several years.

We are a group of volunteers helping people repair their items in the local area

Community repair further afield

Find more community repair events across the UK on the Community Repair Networkwebsite.

There are Repair Cafés across the world. Find your group local on the Global Repair Cafe website

Our supporters

Thank you to our sponsors who support the vibrant community repair movement in Cambridgeshire