How did the Repair Cafe Sydney North (RCSN) get started?
On October 18, 2015, Wendy Bishop introduced the sustainability wonders of a repair cafe at the Permaculture North Sydney North Willoughby Local Group meeting. Until then no one present at the meeting knew anything about repair cafe. However all were excited by what it can do for the environment, for sharing repair skills and for community building. Soon after this fateful meeting, Wendy Dwyer who co-ordinate the Willoughby Local Group (WLG)met with Wendy Bishop and Alasdair Stuart to discuss the setting up of a first Repair Cafe on the North Shore.The wheel is in motion…
Mandy Stubbs another WLG member and President of the Permapatch Community Garden which is located at the back of the Chatswood South Uniting Church negotiated successfully for the use of the Church Hall for the running of the Repair Cafe. RCSN now has a home! Soon after RCSN became an affiliate of the Permapatch Community Garden.
Permaculture Sydney North kindly donated $500 for the set up cost. Notices were send to all WLG members on the imminent set up of a repair cafe and almost immediately both Bridget Kennedy and Sarah Millar registered as our first volunteer repairers!
We signed up to be a member of the Global Repair Cafe Association based in Holland, received a starter kit on how to set up a repair cafe, use the signature repair logo and we are off! We wasted no time and proudly opened RCSN to the community in January 2016. Toss it? No way!!!
For information on Repair Cafe Sydney North and what we do, please read the ABOUT section.