Sustainability expert launches
network to grow repair cafes

Martin Charter, Director of the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) Centre for Sustainable Design has set up the Greater Surrey Repair Cafe Network.

29 Jan 2024

The founder of the highly successful Farnham Repair Café, Prof. Charter, said the aim was: “to share knowledge, experience, and information related to the organisation and delivery of repair cafes in the region.”

Together with Farnham, there are 27 repair cafes in Greater Surrey, including in Guildford, Aldershot, Woking, and Sutton. With the creation of the network, Martin hopes this will encourage even more repair cafes to open and join.

The team at Meon Valley Repair Cafe said: “Learning from the great ideas and mistakes of other repair cafes dramatically speeds up the launching of new ones and the maturation of existing ones. It can also tap into skills and experience a local group may not have access to.”

Meeting regularly, the network shares best practices, exchanges knowledge, and tackles challenges through in-person sessions and a WhatsApp group.

A Sutton Repair Café spokesperson added: “Comparing notes on how different repair cafes resolve issues adds to the learning of the whole group and improves the community, and new practices like skill sharing are adopted quicker. Also, being part of a community drives more energy in our individual repair cafes.”

To learn more, visit the Repair Cafe website.

If you are interested in joining the network, email: with information about your repair cafe.