Repair Cafes – Maple Ridge


What is a Repair Cafe? 

“Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.” -from


Why a Repair Cafe?

“We throw away vast amounts of stuff. Even things with almost nothing wrong, and which could get a new lease on life after a simple repair. The trouble is, lots of people have forgotten that they can repair things themselves or they no longer know how. Knowing how to make repairs is a skill quickly lost. Society doesn’t always show much appreciation for the people who still have this practical knowledge, and against their will they are often left standing on the sidelines. Their experience is never used, or hardly ever.

The Repair Café changes all that! People who might otherwise be sidelined are getting involved again. Valuable practical knowledge is getting passed on. Things are being used for longer and don’t have to be thrown away. This reduces the volume of raw materials and energy needed to make new products…

The Repair Café teaches people to see their possessions in a new light. And, once again, to appreciate their value. The Repair Café helps change people’s mindset. This is essential to kindle people’s enthusiasm for a sustainable society.

But most of all, the Repair Café just wants to show how much fun repairing things can be, and how easy it often is. Why don’t you give it a go?”


What are the goals of Repair Cafes?

  1. To bring back repair into local society in a modern way
  2. To maintain repair expertise and to spread knowledge
  3. To promote social cohesion in the local community by connecting neighbours



Ridge Meadows Recycling Society and our Repair Cafe Planning Team have a number of Cafes scheduled for 2018 – come join us! (and bring your broken small appliances, jewelery, clothing, small furniture, electronics, bicycles, toys, etc. 🙂


Repair Café #1
The Launch!
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Seniors’ Activity Centre, 12150 – 224th Street, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm


Repair Café #2
Part of Earth Day celebrationsTheme: “DIY: Make it, Grow it, Fix it, Share it”
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Location: Greg Moore Youth Centre, 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 10am – 2pm


Repair Café #3
MR Library Hosts Seniors’ Week!
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Location: Maple Ridge Library – Fraser Room (2nd floor), 22470 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, BC
Time: 1pm – 4pm

To learn more about the origins of Repair Cafes, visit 

If you are interested in hosting a Cafe, helping with planning, or volunteering as a “Fixer,” please email