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Essex Repair Reuse Bus

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Essex Repair Reuse Bus

Essex Repair Reuse Bus

Christopher Blomeley By Christopher Blomeley

We want to buy a mini bus and turn it into a mobile repair bus repairing clothes electrical items furniture tools toys. This will enable people in the community to learn new skills and reduce waste.

Wickham Bishops Delivery stage

pledged of £4,219

Sorry this project was unsuccessful, we did not reach our fundraising goal.

Last year I noticed there was an increasing amount of unwanted household goods going to landfill. So I decided to start a new enterprise to tackle the challenge. Our idea was pretty simple. Use our skills to help local residents repair and reuse their household items preventing them going to landfill, saving everyone money while protecting our environment. In addition to saving money and the environment our aim is to help train local people to repair things for themselves. We’ve been running regular workshops at the Waiting Room in Colchester (Old Bus Station) Every Thursday and at Wivenhoe Library every Thursday 5:30 - 7pm, where residents can learn to fix things properly for themselves.

What we'll deliver:

  • Collect dumped white goods repair reuse or recycle them ready to be sold affordably to those who need them.
  • Extend our reach to cover rural villages in Essex
  • Run a programme of training and employment opportunities

Why it's a great idea:

We can offer meaningful activities and vocational training in a supportive environment to people who are; ex-forces personnel or have mental health problems; Members of Chavasse VC House military recovery centre can take part in activities to help them get back out doing what they enjoy most. We aim to inspire those who have been wounded, injured or become sick while serving our country and enable them to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives. Every year the average household in the UK purchases about 1.4million tonnes per year and dispose of a similar amount. Nearly 40% of this goes to landfill and less than 10% of this is re-used despite the fact that much of it either still works or could be repaired. This is a significant environmental loss and an opportunity for us to help you to reduce our carbon footprint.

Steps to get it done:

  • Change the seating layout in the rear so repairers can sit face to face.
  • Fit a 240v inverter to enable tools to be used.
  • Fit a work space table for learners to practice their skills.
  • Purchase a minibus/coach with a tail lift.
  • Create a storage space in the bus to collect and transport 2 unwanted white goods.


Location Wickham Bishops

About the space



Essex County Council

How will the money be spent?Total £4,218

Mini bus/Van - £2,800 (66%)
Create a secure area for tools and equipment - £415 (10%)
Buy an inverter and wiring employ a fitter - £340 (8%)
Modify the interior - £260 (6%)
Other - £403 (10%)

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.

Mini bus/Van
Create a secure area for tools and equipment
Buy an inverter and wiring employ a fitter
Modify the interior
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT

Total £4,218

Our Volunteer List

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  • Any tools which can help to repair broken household items please

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