Repair Café

In cooperation with the City of Vancouver, SPEC is hosting 9 repair cafes in 2024 in support of the City’s Zero Waste by 2040 goals and SPEC’s Zero Waste Committee education and advocacy programs.

What is a Repair Café?

Started in Amsterdam in 2009, Repair Café is a global initiative that aims to reduce the volume of waste sent to landfills, and to change society’s “throw-away” mindset.

Repair Café brings together local repair volunteers with a knack for repairing who are willing to lend their knowledge and show event participants how to carry out repairs.

SPEC Repair Cafés allow community members to bring bicycles, small appliances, textiles, and electronics to be diagnosed and repaired. Some items may not be repaired at the Café if replacement parts are needed. For smart phone screen replacement, please bring a new screen to your appointment. We are unable to repair large appliances and zippers at this time. 

The more we can repair, reuse, and recycle the longer products stay in circulation.  

2024 Repair Cafes

February – Hastings Community Centre

Saturday, February 17th 2024
9:30am-1:30pm PT
Hastings Community Centre – 3096 E Hastings St, Vancouver
March – Trout Lake Community Centre
Sunday March 24th 2024
9:30am-1:30pm PT
Trout Lake Community Centre – 3360 Victoria Dr, Vancouver
Registration for the Repair Cafe at Eventbrite
April  – City Hall
Saturday April 20th 2024
9:30-1:30pm PT
City Hall – 453 W 12th Ave, Vancouver
Registration opens March 15th
May – Killarney Community Centre
Saturday, May 18 2024
9:30am-1:30pm PT
Killarney Community Centre – 6260 Killarney St, Vancouver
Registration opens April 19th

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Get Involved!

Volunteers are integral to the functioning of a repair café. Below are a list of volunteers opportunities that we are currently recruiting for. To become a volunteer, click the link below to register and the Repair Cafe Coordinator will email you with further details.

Register to volunteer

Registration/ Check-in volunteers are the first people to interact with participants when they enter the Repair Café. Tasks include:

  • Greet visitor at the entrance and confirm their appointment on the guest list
  • Ask visitor to complete waiver form and confirm item being repaired
  • Review House Rules with guest
  • Ensure item being repaired is clean – instruct visitor to clean food particles, dust, etc.
  • Introduce visitor to their repair volunteer
  • Ensure data is collected before visitor leaves

Event support volunteers help to ensure the event is running smoothly through the day. Tasks include:

  • Set up tables and chairs
  • Prepare coffee and refreshment table
  • Post directional signs
  • Help with Repair Data collection
  • Put away tables and chairs post event
  • Collect directional signs
  • Pack refreshment supplies
  • Help transport Event Supplies, if needed
Fixers (repairers) volunteers are handy and likes to share their knowledge with community members.
We particularly need fixers who are handing with:
  • Electronics
  • computers/tablets
  • Small appliances
  • Clothing/textiles
  • Bikes
  • Jewelery
  • Books and paper repair

Apprentice Fixer Learn alongside an experienced fixer.