The people of Kilkenny and surrounding counties are being urged not to discard broken household items but instead bring them along to a free pop-up fixing clinic taking place at the MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre this coming Saturday (November 1st) from 2-5pm.
The Repair Café is part of a growing international movement, first initiated in Holland in 2009, which encourages people to repair things rather than throw them away.
The Southern Region Waste Management Office, in conjunction with The Irish Repair Café movement, is inviting people to drop in to the 'Cafe' with items such as clothing, furniture, bikes or electrical equipment, where they will learn to fix them with the help of local volunteers.
"The concept is really simple," explained Pauline McDonogh, Regional Waste Prevention Co-ordinator, who continued: "The 'Café' brings together local volunteers who have a range of skills and knowledge about fixing items. Householders bring along their broken items, sit with the volunteer and watch and learn from when the item is taken apart to when it is put back together again."
Ms. McDonogh added: "Repair Cafe organisers find the majority of people who show up bring items they feel are too expensive to repair and would simply throw them away; lamps and children's toys being popular examples. Often however, these items are easily repairable."
Kilkenny is hosting the first of three Repair Cafés across the Southern Waste Region during the coming weeks with other events being held in Nenagh and Tralee.
The Irish Repair Café movement is expected to grow throughout 2015 and is presently seeking local volunteers. If you are an electrician, seamstress, carpenter or general handy person and would like to volunteer your time during the upcoming Repair Café or future events, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.repaircafe.ie.