Repair day sees odd-jobs and fix-its repaired by skilled volunteers

Adrienne Gear with the outdoor postbox she is making from recycled wooden pallets at the Repair Shed
Adrienne Gear with the outdoor postbox she is making from recycled wooden pallets at the Repair Shed
  • Community Repair Day was great success
  • Items from bathroom scales to vacuum cleaners mended by volunteers
  • Next event to be held in May

A free event promoting the fixing of broken items saw evertyhing from bathroom scales to vacuum cleaners mended by knowledgeable volunteers.

The day was organised by Community Action Dacorum’s latest project The Repair Shed at Sunnyside Rural Trust’s Hemel Food Garden.

Throughout the day, 23 items were assessed by a team of volunteer repairers and more than half were fixed on the spot.

Repair Shed Manager Chris Lee said: “Owners from across Dacorum gave our wonderful team of volunteers a range of challenges – from vacuum cleaners to CD, iPod and a record player and bathroom scales.

“Even people with items that were ‘destined for recycling’ went away happy because they’d got the assessment for free, along with a warm welcome and a cup of coffee in the Farm Shop.”

It was the end of a busy week for The Repair Shed with the official launch of the project two days earlier, including a visit from representatives of two organisations supporting the new initiative – the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and the Hertfordshire Community Foundation.

The next Community Repair Day will be held on Saturday, May 23.

Visit www.facebook.com/TheRepairShed or www.communityactiondacorum.org/the-repair-shed for more information about the scheme.

The Repair Shed

The Repair Shed

Even people with items that were ‘destined for recycling’ went away happy

Chris Lee, Repair Shed manager
Chris Tillyred at work in the Repair Shed

Chris Tillyred at work in the Repair Shed

Caroline Langdell (Herts Community Foundation), Billy Harris (WRAP Waste ResourcesAction Programme), Mark Mitchell (CEO Community Action Dacorum)

Caroline Langdell (Herts Community Foundation), Billy Harris (WRAP Waste ResourcesAction Programme), Mark Mitchell (CEO Community Action Dacorum)