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Reduce waste with Coquetdale Repair Café

Funded on Spacehive 12 May 2022 Delivered 9 September 2022

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Reduce waste with Coquetdale Repair Café

Reduce waste with Coquetdale Repair Café

Rothbury CAN, subgroup Coquetdale Repair Café By Rothbury CAN, subgroup Coquetdale Repair Café

Coquetdale Repair Café combines fun & learning with reducing waste. Have your broken items repaired or learn to repair them yourself, with the help of friendly volunteers. Tea and cakes provided!

Rothbury Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 12 May 2022!

Coquetdale Repair Café in Rothbury is a great opportunity for the local community to help save the planet, meet people, enjoy a chat with tea and cake, and learn new skills in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You can bring items such as clothes, knitwear and fabrics, toys including your pets' toys, small electricals and furniture, bikes with punctures, etc. Volunteers will be on hand to repair items and teach new repair skills to those interested. Local businesses will be involved and given the chance to meet new customers. The café will be held every 6-8 weeks in the Jubilee Hall in the centre of Rothbury. Your pledges and likes are essential for securing the funding for this project. Please like and follow us and share the link!

What we'll deliver:

  • Rent room and storage space
  • Train 2 PAT-testers and buy PAT test equipment
  • Buy tools and consumable items such as wire, threads, glue, nails, etc.
  • Buy promotional material including banners to show where/when the café is open
  • Provide refreshments for the café
  • Buy small presents or an annual lunch to thank volunteers for their time

Why it's a great idea:

*Reduce waste by repairing items that would otherwise have gone into landfill *Help our community to save money and keep precious belongings going for longer *Teach people repairing skills *Offer a friendly social setting for the local community to meet with tea and cakes *Introduce repairers from local businesses to potential new customers *Allow tradespeople and craftspeople to advertise within the café *Create awareness of easy, fun and low- or no-cost steps people can take to help combat climate change.

Steps to get it done:

  • Engage pool of volunteers (repairers, other helpers, catering)
  • Engage local businesses
  • Arrange recurring bookings at Jubilee Hall
  • Advertise Repair Café meetings in local media
  • Hold Repair Café events, evaluate afterwards and improve where possible
  • Secure continuity of project by securing necessary funding

In the future, we aim to take Coquetdale Repair Café to more remote villages in Upper Coquetdale.

Location Rothbury

About the space

Rothbury is an attractive market town in the heart of rural Coquetdale, on the edge of Northumberland National Park. We will use the Jubilee Hall, Rothbury's main community centre. In the future, we aim to take Coquetdale Repair Café to more remote villages in Upper Coquetdale.


Northumberland Council

How will the money be spent?Total £3,353

Training course PAT tester (2x) - £540 (16%)
PAT tester equipment - £408 (12%)
Annual rent room Jubilee Hall - £342 (10%)
Consumables: glues, nails, threads, replacement of small hand tools broken during repair etc. - £300 (9%)
Contingencies - £300 (9%)
Adjustable desk lamps (4) - £240 (7%)
Café catering (tea/coffee, cakes/biscuits) - £200 (6%)
Lunches / presents for repairers/volunteers - £200 (6%)
Signage/ promotional banners - £190 (6%)
Folding work bench (1) + delivery - £100 (3%)
Other - £533 (16%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Training course PAT tester (2x)
PAT tester equipment
Annual rent room Jubilee Hall
Consumables: glues, nails, threads, replacement of small hand tools broken during repair etc.
Adjustable desk lamps (4)
Café catering (tea/coffee, cakes/biscuits)
Lunches / presents for repairers/volunteers
Signage/ promotional banners
Folding work bench (1) + delivery
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Cloth to protect tables, 20 m.
  • Transaction fees
  • Printing leaflets / flyers
  • VAT
  • Public liability insurance (our share of Rothbury CAN insurance)
  • Annual rent of storage cupboard yearly


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Taking the Repair Café to remote villages in Coquetdale
  • Continuation of the Coquetdale Repair Café in future years
  • Buy tools and equipment

Total £3,353

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • We'd love to welcome new volunteers to our group. If you live locally and have any repair skills, e.g. for mending clothes, small furniture items, toys, electrical items, garden tools, baskets, etc., don't hesitate to contact us and join the fun!

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