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Volunteering: An opportunity to learn through service
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21st February
to 31st December
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Stretford Repair Cafe Volunteer

21st February to 31st December
Do you like mending things? Hate seeing items that could be fixed go to landfill? Want to meet like-minded people? Come volunteer at the Stretford Repair Cafe, run by Stitched Up! We're looking for volunteers who have an interest/ the skills to fix broken clothes, furniture, electronics, bikes and technology and hosts to welcome attendees (no fixing skills required to host).
This activity is brought to you by The Union in partnership with Manchester Community Central
What is a Repair Cafe?
We're Stitched Up, a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society and we're passionate about sustainability and preventing items from ending up in landfill wherever possible. We've been running a Repair Cafe in Stretford for almost a year now and before that in Chorlton since 2016.
A Repair Café is a free meeting place where people get together to repair things. The first Repair Café was held in Amsterdam in 2009, and since then, have grown into a global network of menders. 
The Stretford Repair Cafe is a free to use, drop in community event, run by volunteers and open to all. Visitors can attend our Repair Cafe every SECOND Saturday of a month to learn from volunteers the skills to fix broken clothes, furniture, electronics, bikes, and technology. 
Volunteering with us
We're looking for anyone who has an interest/ skills in fixing and mending - anything from electronics, bikes, technology, textiles, furniture (or any other skills you might have) and would be up for coming along for a couple of hours once a month. You don't need to be an expert just have an interest and be willing to give it a go!
We also need general volunteers to help us host each session. Hosting involves checking people in, chatting to attendees whilst they wait for their timeslot and serving tea, coffee and biscuits - no fixing skills required!
Volunteering sessions run from 9:45 am - 12:15 pm (with the Cafe running from 10 - 12 pm) every second Saturday of the month. There's no requirement to come every month, just whenever you can. 
Members of the public will be given a 15 minute timeslot to have their item looked at and (hopefully!) mended. Attendees are informed that they maintain all responsibility for their items and that they might not be able to be fixed so there's no pressure and we aim to create a friendly and supportive atmosphere for our volunteers.
If you have any questions at all please get in touch and we look forward to meeting you!

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