Leeds Repair Cafe goes large with The Big Fix

With the world’s eyes increasingly on extreme weather, plastic and air pollution, and climate change, Leeds residents are pulling together to host a major event to get the city fixing and reusing, instead of throwing things away.

The popular Leeds Repair Cafe, part of an international movement, has been running regularly since 2016, with 100s of people having gathered at their events – to work together to fix up a wide range of household items that would otherwise have been thrown away. Items include: toys, electricals, clothes, homeware, and computers.

On Saturday 15 February the group are linking with the national ‘Big Fix’ campaign, to up their game – and host a large scale event in the heart of the city, at Kirkgate Market. The event will run 11am-4pm in the indoor events space by the market’s food court. It’s free, although donations are welcome. A wide range of skilled volunteers will be on hand, with tools, to work with participants to fix up their items. More volunteers are very welcome, especially those willing to help with fixing.

Ed Carlisle, one of the coordinating team, comments:

“More and more of us are aware of environmental issues, and want to become greener – and obviously, save money too! The Repair Cafe has proven to be a great way to do all that, and we really want to build that movement across the city and region.

“Our aim ultimately is to have locally-led Repair Cafes in every community, and we’re happy to advise and support anyone anywhere to make that happen. Join us at the market on the 15 February if you can, or be in touch anytime”.