Harrow residents are being given the opportunity to extend the life of their daily items, with a series of events taking place during ‘Repair Week’.
From laptop repairs to bike maintenance, there’s something for everyone that will help with saving costs and preventing the need for buying new items.
On Monday 20 March, a Laptop Maintenance Workshop for Beginners will take place at 64 Pinner Road, HA1 4HZ. This hands-on session is aimed at complete beginners who have a laptop that is slow but still usable. Volunteers will work with individuals to undertake basic maintenance, helping to improve the laptop’s speed and performance. The workshop is open to all, but booking is essential and can be done via a form available at https://forms.gle/mDDfNYVH7MFXch417.
Harrow Sustain IT is also accepting old laptops. A team of volunteers will clear the laptop, repair them where possible, and then pass them on to local charities and community organizations. If you have any spare laptops, please complete the form available at https://forms.gle/2ggMQn4xuYE9sKgJA. Harrow Sustain IT is run by Voluntary Action Harrow, and more information is available at https://www.voluntaryactionharrow.org.uk/harrow-sustain-it/.
For those with bikes that have been gathering dust in the shed, Harrow Arts Centre is hosting a free Bike Repair event on 24 March, from 4pm to 7pm. Doctor Bike’s fully qualified mechanic service will be on hand to fix minor problems, provide maintenance advice, and let you know if more major work is needed. No need to book, just pop by!
Unfortunately, the Repair Café event, which teaches people how to mend damaged clothes, is already sold out. The event is part of a series of Repair Cafés hosted by Traid, which encourages people to repair, reuse and recycle their clothes. More information is available at https://traid.org.uk/events/harrow-repair-cafe/.
Harrow’s Repair Week is a great opportunity for residents to learn new skills and get the most out of their everyday items.