Farnham Repair Café receives charity status

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Farnham Repair Café, a community resource which promotes the repair and reuse of products, has been awarded charity status. The café is a collaboration between the Centre for Sustainable Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham Town Council, Farnham United Reformed Church and Transition Town Farnham.

Professor Martin Charter, director of the Centre for Sustainable Design and chair of the board of trustees of Farnham Repair Café, said: “Not only is it a useful tool providing community benefits to the town’s residents, but it also protects the environment and is enabling Farnham to take a more sustainable outlook.”

Farnham Repair Café is a part of the global repair café movement, led by Repair Café International Foundation. Visitors are invited to bring their broken products, which are then assessed and, where possible, repaired by volunteers.

Charter added: “To date we have organised 25 sessions, with more than 1,000 visitors through the doors since our launch in 2015. We have completed 299 repairs at a 63% rate with over 900 Kg being diverted from landfill.

“There are around 30 repair cafes in the UK, and I believe we are the first to get charitable status. The concept of repair cafes is growing, and there are now between 1,800 and 2,000 globally. It means that the repair café can continue to support and benefit the needs of our community.”

Farnham Repair Café offers advice and repairs on products such as vacuum cleaners, headphones and lights, hats, jackets, pushchairs and bicycles.

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