“Happy customers” were the hallmark of Cromwell’s first “repair cafe”, those behind the initiative say.

Dozens of people brought in items to be repaired free by volunteers at the event, which was organised by Connect Cromwell and would hopefully continue to be run by another community group, Connect Cromwell member Jill Herron said.

The “cafe” featured about 10 volunteers, including an electrician, bike mechanic, three members of the Cromwell Men’s Shed and four sewers.

Cromwell man Ben Deegan, who now works in the IT industry but initially trained as a bike mechanic, was one of the volunteers, and said it was “great” to use his skills to help others and make items “good as new” again.

“We throw too much away and I just think if we can repair things, then it’s better to do that.”

Ms Herron said people who had items fixed at the event walked away smiling and were “happy customers”.

She said it was hoped the next repair cafe would have a volunteer who could fix cellphone screens and computer items, and also teach others how to do similar minor repairs.

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