Repair, Mend & Make @ Burnley Backyard

Who we are: a group of local enthusiastic volunteers who care about the environment and want to share their skills with the community.

Our aim: 

  • Minimize waste to landfill by extending the life of belongings
  • Strengthen local communities through face-to-face sharing of knowledge and skills about mending and repair, often across age and demographics.

What we are going to do: repair household goods, mend cloths, fix broken furniture, make new things from used materials, minimise waste, share skills and have a few cuppas together!

What might happen at Repair Session? We will take some time each session to show people how to make ‘Sam the Snake’!

Repair Sessions: The plan is to have have a number of volunteers who will help in different ways depending on their skills. We will announce in advance which fixers are going to be on hand and what is their specialty. Sessions will be 2 hours long on the last Sunday of the month.

Join Us: If you want to join the working group to help plan and plot the future direction of Richmond Repair we would love to hear from you. You can help by joining the fixing team or in providing general support during repair session and/or assist with promotion.

Bring Us:  Your broken goods, and we shall try to fix them!

Some examples of the sorts of items that might be suitable for repair at our sessions include:

  • Clothing and textiles (holes/rips)
  • Small electrical appliances (kettle,toaster, turntable, lamps, amps, sewing machines, vacuums)
  • Furniture
  • Bags/Luggage (zips/straps)

Where & When:

29th October, 10am-12pm at Burnley Backyard (49 Tudor St, Richmond) – Come in at 11am to learn and make your own ‘Sam the Snake’!

26th November, 10am-12pm at Burnley Backayrd (49 Tudor St, Richmond) – Come in at 11am to learn and make your own ‘Sam the Snake’!

Please send us an email in advance with details on what you are planning to bring in to get fixed (and a photo as well if possible!). Send email to: or post it on our new Facebook page


Frequently asked questions

Can I donate tools or items for repair?

Yes, we won’t except everything but we’re willing to have a look at what you got

Who covers the cost of materials for repair?

Participants may bring along items and materials that they think will be useful for repairing their broken item. Fixers will advise participants on where to purchase parts (if necessary), then they can bring those parts to a future workshop if they wish. Any use of new materials such as leads, plugs, globes or fuses will need be brought in by the participant.

How do workshop participants know what they will need to repair their broken item(s)?

Some participants will have a good idea of the sorts of materials they will require to fix their broken item.

Before each repair session, we will advertise which fixers are attending and their skill sets. We ask for a photo and/or explanation about the broken item to be send to us ahead of time in order for the right material to be either sourced or purchased by the participants.

Is it okay to repair proprietary products?

This will be at the discretion of the item owner, and it is the owner’s responsibility to understand the impacts of tampering (e.g. unscrewing broken appliances) items upon any product warranty. Fixers also have the right to refuse to fix proprietary products.