A new series of monthly repair and mend workshops is starting in January 2024 on Sunday afternoons 2-4pm at the Lancaster Sustainability Hub.

To reduce the need for consuming more and develop the skills to mend and repair everyday goods ourselves, this series of workshops invites experts to pass on their best tips and techniques. The workshops aim to build skills on using resources efficiently and to learn how to maintain, preserve and repair to avoid throwing away and consuming more.

Each workshop will be led by one or two experts, but all participants are invited to share their own skills and experiences.

Join in for a relaxed Sunday afternoon of learning new skills, fixing loved items and meeting new people.

Sessions are £6 to cover the costs of running these events and to enable us to develop similar initiatives in the future.

Book a place now on any of the sessions that interest you. Places are very limited. If you book and are unable to attend, please make sure you cancel so someone else can benefit from the workshop.

Session details

21 January – Bicycle repair and maintenance

This skill share session deals with the basics of bike maintenance. We will look at problem diagnosis, gear and brake adjustment, and lubrication. You are welcome to bring your own bike along.

18 February – Efficient control of Lighting and heating

This session will look at how you can control your heating at home (or work) to give you the comfort you want, without wasting energy.

17 March – Revive your laptop

If you have an old or underperforming laptop, we will look at how it can be made to run faster and more reliably. We will look at both hardware and software changes you might make. You are welcome to bring along your own laptop.

21 April – Printers and audio-video equipment

If you have old or underperforming equipment, we will look at both hardware and software changes you might make. You are welcome to bring along your own equipment.

19 May – Basic furniture repair

If you want to repair furniture to avoid having to replace it this workshop will give you some ideas. Come along with your own ideas and issues.

16 June – Repairing textiles (sewing and darning)

Pick up some ideas and techniques for working with different textile materials at this session. Come along with your own ideas and issues – do bring your materials and suggestions.

21 July – Small Domestic appliance repair

Find out about the workings of all those domestic appliances that go wrong so easily; gizmos, gadgets, machines, tools. You hear some tips about working on things like fridges, washing machines, irons, and toasters. Bring your own repair nightmares and success stories.

18 August – Preserving foods (fermenting and bottling etc.)

Before the advent of fridges and freezers there were techniques of preserving foods that can be reintroduced to store produce grown locally. Techniques such as fermenting, bottling and making preserves will be explored in this workshop. Join in with your favourite ways of storing and keeping foods.

15 September – Controlling drafts and ventilation in the home

The UK housing stock is famously ‘leaky’ – our efforts to heat where we live are often defeated and wasted by cold air pushing out the air we’ve warmed. Come prepared with the techniques and means for controlling drafts that you use in your home.

20 October – Choosing and installing insulation

The UK housing stock is famously ‘leaky’ – our efforts to heat where we live are often defeated and wasted by cold air pushing out the air we’ve warmed. Come prepared with the techniques and means for controlling drafts that you use in your home.

17 November – Looking after your hand and power tools

Working on your home requires tools. Unlike professional tools, domestic tools are used infrequently but when they are needed they need to be working and in good condition. This session will offer some guidance on looking after the tools we are likely to have and to need to use occasionally. What sort of tools do you use? Are they ready when needed?

Book a place now on any of the sessions that interest you. Places are very limited. If you book and are unable to attend, please make sure you cancel so someone else can benefit from the workshop.

When & where? 

All sessions are on Sunday afternoons 2-4pm at the Lancaster Sustainability Hub.

The Sustainability Hub is located in the pedestrian area between Everard’s Way at Sir Simon’s Arcade, next to the stairs to the Marketgate car park:

Unit 6, Marketgate Shopping Centre, Lancaster, LA1 1JF

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