Free Repair Cafe in the West End

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There is a free Repair Cafe happening at the West End Community Centre on June 22nd where a volunteer fixer can look at your electronics, small appliance, phone, computer, and more. Book an appointment in advance, or walk-in with your item, and enjoy free coffee or tea and chat with others while you wait for your repair.

West End Repair Cafe

Free Repair Cafe in the West End

  • Dates: Saturday June 2, 2024 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
  • Location: West End Community Center (870 Denman St, Vancouver)
  • Repair Appointments: Book online in advance to reserve your free spot. Walk-ins are also welcome, but there is no guarantee that your item will be looked at. One repair ticket per household, one item per repair ticket.

What Can Be Repaired

Volunteer fixers will be able to address items in the following categories:

  • Computers – repair & tech support: ie) desktops and laptops. 
    • Not accepted – printers, monitors & tablets.
  • Cell Phones – Repairs are available only if a qualified cell phone repairer is on-site. For screen replacements, please bring a compatible screen for your specific phone model. Due to the difficult and fragile nature of cell phone repair, repairers cannot be held liable for any damage that may occur during the repair process.
  • Electronics – Home entertainment items including stereos, guitar amps, electric pianos. VCRs. DVD players, and kids’ electronic toys.
  • Small appliances – ie) lamps, toasters, foot heaters, hair dryers, and fans.
  • Clothing/textiles – ie) shirts, pillowcases, pants, tablecloths. If bringing zipper or button repairs, you must provide your own button/zipper. 
    • Not accepted – items requiring alterations, hemming, bag repair, shoes. Some zipper repairs may not be possible due to complexity and time.
  • Bicycles – minor repairs and tune ups. Replacement parts such as cables or inner tube, must provide your own part(s)

Those with an appointment time will have first priority. Walk-ins will be seen on a first-come first-served basis, and only if there is time and fixer is available.

Repair Cafe events are presented by SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) in partnership with the City of Vancouver. “The more we can repair, the longer products stay in circulation. The longer products stay in circulation, the less waste we produce.”

SPEC also offers the Inside the Vancouver Repair Guide. It’s a curated directory of local repair shops ready to breathe new life into your beloved items, from electronics to apparel.

Follow the West End Community Centre on Facebook for more events in this neighbourhood.

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