New year and a new life for your broken items

Do you have any broken household items piled up in the garage or loft that you had planned on fixing but never got around to, or maybe a wobbly piece of old furniture you’re planning to take to the tip?

Jan 24 2019

Your Hampshire

Why not take them along to be repaired at the new furniture repair café in Bordon?

The Furniture Helpline, a community re-use charity, opens its repair café every fourth Saturday of the month from 10am-12pm. For a small donation their volunteers will work to repair your item, and you can enjoy a cuppa at the same time.

With the cost of dealing with all of the county’s waste now regularly topping the £100 million a year mark, Hampshire County Council opened its first Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund in 2017 and invited ideas from local community groups, schools and small businesses on innovative ways of helping people waste less.

The Furniture Helpline was among those awarded a grant which has been used to start up the repair café.

Martin Dennison, General Manager at The Furniture Helpline, said: “We have furniture donated and we give it out to people on low incomes or in crisis situations. We’ve got some good volunteers who can repair mechanical items, electrical items, bicycles, obviously the furniture and wooden items as well.”

Thanks to the funding, the volunteers are now able to share their skills with local residents to help them repair household items, thereby reducing waste and saving them money. Martin continued: “We want to try to encourage people to reuse items that nowadays we throw away too fast.

“Quite often the things that you repair add a sort of charm in your home.

“Without this funding, we wouldn’t have been able to get it (the repair café) going at all.”

The Waste Prevention Community Grant Fund builds on the progress of the Smart Living initiative to encourage people to make small changes to their lifestyle which could lead to bigger savings.

We were really impressed with the innovative ideas that Hampshire communities came up with to help reduce household waste and were delighted to be able to award grants to 15 different projects from all over the county. There are plans to reopen the fund for new applications in early Spring 2019, so look out for further news items.

There are other repair cafes across Hampshire, so if you don’t live in the Bordon area, why not check out our Smart Living webpages to see if there’s one near you?

Watch a short video with Martin from the Furniture Helpline