Hi! We're Crystal Palace Fixers, and we're the volunteers who organise, host and repair at the Crystal Palace Repair Parties.
Repair Parties are places where members of the public can bring their slow and broken electronics, and work with a volunteer to fix them.
Not only does this divert e-waste from landfill and lengthen the lives of our household products, it also equips people with the skills and confidence to fix these things themselves. DIY = power!
Here's a quote from James, a Crystal Palace local, who fixed his sander at one of our previous Repair Parties: “It was really useful because I learnt how to break it down, learn a bit about what’s happening inside and also approach it systematically and then kind of understand the process for how you might go about trying to fix something. It’s given me more confidence that I could have a go at fixing things in the future.”
We only need £250 to pay for our insurance for the next year - that could easily be covered by 50 people donating £5 each.
The insurance allows us to conduct our Repair Parties safely, and makes sure we're covered in the case of any accidents. We can't run these events without insurance.
These events are really popular in the community - we get an average of 30-40 people per event. We've been running them since February 2018 and have built a really good volunteer base since we started.
We do ask for donations at the event itself, which we will continue to do, but some of this needs to go towards room hire and if there's any left over we use it towards a beer at the pub!
Any pennies or pounds you can throw our way will be gratefully received. Thank you!