The Big Fix

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a man fixing some toys with the Big Fix 2023 Logo, West Sussex Recycles logo and West Sussex Climate Action Logo underneath

Overview

The Big Fix is a repair campaign introduced by Recycle Devon to counteract throwaway culture. The Big Fix started in 2019 and encouraged residents to make use of their local repair café. In 2023 the campaign saw a total of 83 Repair Cafés get involved and, successfully fix 2,761 broken items nationally.

Here in West Sussex, we want to support reuse and repair as much as we can. With West Sussex’s amazing network of volunteer run repair cafes we’re in good hands.


What is a repair café?

A repair café is a free meeting place where people can bring things to be repaired by volunteers in their local community. This can include things such as:

  • clothes
  • furniture
  • electricals
  • bikes
  • clocks
  • lights
  • ceramics
  • toys.

There are over 2,000 repair cafés worldwide, with the majority found in Europe. Their aims are often to waste less, share skills and create a more sustainable society. West Sussex is home to over 20 repair cafes. For a full list and their contact information please visit our Community Climate Action Map (opens in new window).

Alternate formats and accessibility

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, then please contact us by phone 01243 777 100 or 0330 222 7556 or email us at nicola.hussey@westsussex.gov.uk and we will assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 777 100.

For more information about the accessibility of this website, please see our Accessibility tab (opens in new window) at the foot of the page


Overview

The Big Fix is a repair campaign introduced by Recycle Devon to counteract throwaway culture. The Big Fix started in 2019 and encouraged residents to make use of their local repair café. In 2023 the campaign saw a total of 83 Repair Cafés get involved and, successfully fix 2,761 broken items nationally.

Here in West Sussex, we want to support reuse and repair as much as we can. With West Sussex’s amazing network of volunteer run repair cafes we’re in good hands.


What is a repair café?

A repair café is a free meeting place where people can bring things to be repaired by volunteers in their local community. This can include things such as:

  • clothes
  • furniture
  • electricals
  • bikes
  • clocks
  • lights
  • ceramics
  • toys.

There are over 2,000 repair cafés worldwide, with the majority found in Europe. Their aims are often to waste less, share skills and create a more sustainable society. West Sussex is home to over 20 repair cafes. For a full list and their contact information please visit our Community Climate Action Map (opens in new window).

Alternate formats and accessibility

If you require any of this information in an alternative format, then please contact us by phone 01243 777 100 or 0330 222 7556 or email us at nicola.hussey@westsussex.gov.uk and we will assist you. If you are deaf or hard of hearing and have an NGT texting app installed on your computer, laptop or smartphone, you can contact us on 18001 01243 777 100.

For more information about the accessibility of this website, please see our Accessibility tab (opens in new window) at the foot of the page


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  • The Big Fix - Repair Forum

    about 1 year ago
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    This forum allows repair cafes and other West Sussex residents to connect and communicate with each other regarding repair and waste prevention. 

    Please note: this forum is a positive space for residents and repair cafes to learn from each other. Any comments or questions that are seen to be rude or offensive will be deleted by the page admin. 

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  • Have you got any simple tips you can share to help others become fixers too?

    about 1 year ago
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    This space is designed for repair cafes and residents in West Sussex to connect and answer/ ask questions all about repair. In the spirit of getting people on board, what are your top tips to encourage others to become fixers too?

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  • What do you love about your local repair cafe?

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