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share and repair gathering

On 3 March 2023, Circular Communities Scotland hosted a Share and Repair Gathering at Made in Stirling. The event brought together communities repair groups, library of things and reuse centres from across Scotland. Also present were guest speakers from Repair Cafe Wales, Benthyg and the Restart Project.

The All Day Event was Organised by Emma Erwin, Share and Repair Coordinator for Circular Communities Scotland. It provided an opportunity to network and meet colleagues. Several breakout sessions were held to share good practice and to workshop ideas to improve impact and reduce waste.

Participants ranged from repair cafes, library of things and tool libraries, and Mens’ sheds. Even though Scotland provides some central government funding for both repair and libraries of things (and reuse centres), through the Share & Repair Network. Although the challenges of building a sustainable network and solutions remain. There is no one simple solution. Instead a range of solutions including- pop-up repair cafes, mobile repair and libraries, permanent facilities and the like were discussed and ideas to improve engagement and participation considered.

As part of the event, a pop-up exhibition of images from unbroken.solutions were provided to highlight the impact of our things and some potential solutions to our growing waste problems.

Exhibition: Islington Climate centre

unbroken.solutions exhibition opened in the Islington Climate Centre, in Angel Central, London in November 2022. The exhibition covers the impact of our e-waste and a range of solutions that can be adopted or adapted.

As part of the opening events a panel discussion was held with Fiona Dear (co-director of the Restart Project and Dermot Jones (from the charity Possible and project leader of the Camden Fixing Factory).

There is a wrote up for the panel discussions here.

The Islington Climate Centre are holding a number of sustainability and repair related events whilst the exhibition is installed. If you are interested in visiting, check out their website for dates and times.

The exhibition will be installed until 17 December 2022. The plan is to tour the exhibition to other locations in the UK during 2023. If interested please contact via the contact form.

Want a quick perspective on the problem? Try this video clip from UN Environmental Program.