TTW Repair Café

TTW Repair Café

Come and have fun upcycling, refilling, renewing, refreshing and repairing!

The TTW Repair Café offers a fantastic free monthly repair service for your broken and worn out items.

Come and join us to learn how to repair and mend, save money and be part of a community sharing valuable knowledge and skills. Help us with our aim to move Worthing towards being a zero-waste town by preventing your household items from ending up in landfill.

TTW Repair Café usually runs on the last Saturday of each month at Friends/Quaker Meeting House, 34 Mill Rd, Worthing, BN11 5DR. 10am – 4pm.

TTW Repair Café is a registered member of Repair Café International and we follow their guidance. Please see their House Rules for how Repair Cafés operate.

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Refill, Renew, Refresh & Repair

Repairs

At the TTW Repair Café our talented team of volunteers can help you to repair your clothes, toys, bicycles, laptops, computers, small household electrical/electronic items, small items of furniture and knife/scissor sharpening.

We also offer PAT testing & refills.

Please use our online booking form if you are bringing something to repair, to ensure the right repairer is available to help, and to avoid queuing.

Do you have a repair skill to share?

If you have a particular repair skill that you would like to share, do contact us. We are always looking for more talented volunteers!

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Refill Service

An eco-friendly household cleaning product refill service will be available most months – just bring a container!

Refill services reduce the number of plastic bottles which need to be made and recycled, thus reducing single-use plastics, which not only helps the planet but saves you money.

Our usual refill service is suspended at the moment but we do have a number of refills available (kindly donated by Larder when it closed down) in exchange for suggested donations - including shampoo, conditioner, personal and household cleaning products. For full list, please see here. Please remember to bring a container to put it in!!

Once all of these are gone then we hope to have the refill service available again each month but in the meantime, you can always contact The Angmering Refill Place if there is something specific you need.

Cash only please.

Booking Form

TTW Repair Café usually runs on the last Saturday of each month but the date and types of repairs available at each event may vary.

If you would like to bring something to repair or remake, request a repair slot below at one of our TTW Repair Café events. Please only book in one item per time slot.

Repairs must be requested online no later than the Thursday before the event, in order to give us time to organise tools, repairers and time slots available on the day.

House Rules – every customer needs to read these before coming along please.

Once we have received your request, we shall be in touch to confirm your booking via email.

  • (please check the events page for our next repair dates)
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  • Slots last an hour.

More Information

Please note that due to issues regarding space and health and safety, no dogs are allowed and all children must be closely supervised. There is no on-site parking, but there is plenty of free parking on nearby roads. For those who aren’t coming by car, the 700 bus stops nearby, West Worthing station is about 10 minutes walk and there’s a safe place to put bikes at the back of the venue.

Our Repair Cafe is a pop-up event so we have to bring along all the tools etc needed, therefore we can only repair portable items that don't require specialist or heavy duty equipment.

Donations

Repairs are by donation, to cover the cost of materials and other expenses.

Cash donation boxes are available at each session, or alternatively donations can be made online.

Refreshments

There will be refreshments available to buy including, tea, coffee and fruit juice along with lots of homemade cake!

Community Chest drop off point

A representative from Community Chest will be on site to gladly take your unwanted clothes, shoes, and fabrics, saving them from landfill and raising money for local organisations at the same time!

Testimonials

One of our repairers, Matt Marchant, wrote an article that we shared with a local magazine.

This led to Matt then being invited to write a monthly column about repairing stuff.

I think I got the fixing bug from my dad.  When I was a kid, if something wasn’t working, he’d take it apart and try to work out what was wrong, regardless of any qualification seemingly needed to do so.  I guess that approach, stuck.

It’s completely rational, when you think about it. Take a broken vacuum cleaner for example. You might have spent over £200 on it when new and worry that you might ‘damage’ it further by trying to repair it yourself but here’s the reality; with the right approach, you’ll probably end up with a working machine again and acquired knowledge that will help you again, for the next time.

If you don’t get it working, so what, it wasn’t working anyway. Think what might happen to that poor machine, with only a small, minor fault, if you don’t step in to help it? Plus, if you don’t help, it’s only going one way.

Overcoming the fear.

It’s totally rational to be concerned about sharp items, delicate materials and electricity.  Mishandling and a lack of respect for mains power, kills.

But don’t let that put you off.  It’s all about taking precautions.  Wear protective clothing and eyewear, take your time and disconnect any powered items before you start work, it’s that simple.  From then on, it’s all about taking a few notes, a few pictures on your phone and maybe a little time on YouTube, for advice from others.  With the basics in place, you’re on your way to being empowered over the item that’s about to receive your handy work.

A word to the wise.  I’ve worked on thousands of items over the years, often with no exact knowledge of the item I’m about to start work on. I enjoy it and get a kick out of bringing something back to ‘life’.  YouTube and Google searches save time and can provide extremely useful insights in to common issues affecting well, just about anything.  I use it all the time.

As with any diagnosis, symptoms may be common to many faults, so don’t think that the first video you come across with a seemingly similar problem to yours, will show you how to solve your problem.  Don’t be tempted into a snap-diagnosis.  I don’t like ordering parts for something, I just don’t need.  Plus, anyone can upload a how-to video on YouTube. Here are five tips on becoming a make do and mend repair legend:

  1. Arm yourself with basic tools – things every home should have

Basic screw driver set, small cutters, electrical tape, super glue, cable ties, small self-tapping screws, small pliers, small spanner (set size 7-15mm).

This kit does not need to be premium stuff as it won’t be used every day, so don’t spend any more than £30, if starting out today.  This list is just based on my own thoughts and totally non-exhaustive.

  1. Read up on basic electricity handling
You don’t need to attend a two-year course to work on a toaster, although I’m sure toaster technicians do.

Read up on mains power, how to isolate equipment, what components can cause harm if touched and take your time.

  1.  Be prepared to fail
You will mess things up, make things go bang and sometimes spend money on something which still doesn’t work but hey, it didn’t work anyway, so chill out.

By investigating a fault yourself, you will have gained knowledge and become empowered, which will help in future, although it might not feel like it at the time.  That’s life.

  1. Ask around
There’s no such thing as an expert.

Slightly controversial, but bear with me.  Expertise is gained though study and experience, which takes time.  Expertise is usually specific to a particular field and this is why we take a car to a garage and not a plumber.  However, there are common principles between the two fields, which can be applied to both cars and boilers and that’s the point.  You’re never going to be able to have the knowledge to fix anything, that’s unlikely.

But the skills you learn in the repair of say, a food mixer, may well be applicable to a washing machine, both having motors, belts and control systems.  If you’re struggling with something, ask around, someone will know.

  1. Make repair a social event
Have that broken record player out on the table alongside your screwdriver set, ready for when your friends come over.

Two brains are better than one as they say and who wants to talk about Saturday’s Strictly Come Dancing results anyway?  This way you can have fun and gain a sense of achievement together.  The same works well with kids, but remember to disconnect from the mains first of course.

The most important thing to remember is this:  You bought it, it’s yours, you own it and don’t listen to anyone who says it can’t be fixed.

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Brilliant service. The gentleman that helped was lovely. This is a great community service.

Lamp repaired
January 2019

We can now wear the items again. Prevented jeans going into landfill. Thank you.

Coat and jeans repaired
January 2019

Excellent, so kind, patient and encouraging. Given me the confidence to start sewing with my daughter.

Sewing machine training
February 2019

Very helpful. Showed me how to sew on a button. Showed my daughter how to repair a hole.

Clothing repairs
October 2019

Fantastic. The repair team were friendly, knowledgeable & so helpful. The support team are so nice & availability of refreshments is a bonus.

Hard drive data saved
November 2019

Very impressed at a really excellent service and a working iron to take home!

Steam iron repaired
Repair Café @ Weald & Downland Spring Show
5th May 2019

Very good. The repairer had so much patience and was unflappable. We will recommend to all.

Radio repair
September 2019

Excellent – improved my own skills.

Tool sharpening
October 2018

Great customer service, very helpful, friendly & supportive.

Electronic scales repaired
September 2018

The repairer was extremely friendly and helpful. She repaired the problem and gave me confidence to repair myself.

Blazer repaired
August 2019

It was an invaluable service for which I am extremely grateful.

Stool repaired
February 2019

Great advice and help with cleaning the belt pulley and cleaning stylus and very useful advice.

Record player repair
September 2019

I was stuck so it was great to get help from people with repair skills.

X-Box repaired
November 2018

Very knowledgeable and showed me how to perform diagnostics and advice on proceeding with repair.

Amplifier assessed
November 2018

This was brilliant. An education as well as a repair!

Toothbrush charger repair
November 2019

Friendly welcome, very efficient sewing expert, inclusive atmosphere.

Clothing repaired
April 2019

Maintenance and advice given on my vintage clock so I did not have to throw away.

Vintage Clock
June 2019

Loved it and I learnt a lot. Thank you so much!

Sewing skill share
September 2019

Thank you! The radio has great sentimental value for me.

Vintage Decca transistor radio repaired
January 2019

Thanks to everyone who came to our planning meeting and in particular to Pauline Cory from Transition Worthing Repair Cafe who was so inspiring and got us all fired up and excited about what a Repair Cafe can achieve!

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Adur Repair Cafe Meeting
March 2019