Mathlide Vialard holding her boots just mended by Sarah Fein

Is your favourite dress in need of a repair or do you have a bike that you are unable to ride? Why not visit Nottingham Fixers.

Sarah Maloy started the group, Nottingham Fixers, in August 2017 which consists of community volunteers fixing many household items such as holey knitwear, broken bikes and electronic items.

Their latest event was at Sherwood Methodist Church, Devon Drive, where Tim Bell, an engineer from Sandiacre and the chairman of the committee described Sarah’s passion for this group: “Sarah believes quite strongly in the make do and mend, reducing our impact and the amount of waste we are putting into landfill.”

Sarah Maloy, Tim Bell, the committee of the group and the fixers

This event enables the community to learn how to repair their broken items as well as getting to know each other. They also provide drinks and accept donations to keep the event running.

“I get a satisfying feeling knowing the items are going to be used for longer and it makes the owner happy to have it back again.”
Sarah Fein, Caythorpe Crescent, Sherwood

One of the volunteers is Sarah Fein, Caythorpe Crescent, Sherwood, who was fixing Mathlide Vialard’s boots.

Mathlide, of Alfreton Road, said: “I really like my boots so I wanted them fixed rather than replacing but also it is mainly for environmental reasons. Apart from the zipper they are perfectly fine and needed in this weather.”

Sarah is one of several who work on the textile fixes. She was at the very first fixer event and enjoys supporting her local community.

Sarah said: “I get a satisfying feeling knowing the items are going to be used for longer and it makes the owner happy to have it back again.”

Sarah Fein repairing Mathlide Vialard’s boots

Tim said that there was so much more to the group. He added: “There are two sides to it, one is getting engaged with the public and reducing the amount of waste produced and the other side of it is the fixers’ community so the skill share and the learning and the making friends side of it.”

Today the group have seen about 100 people and mended around 70-130 items. With a success rate of about 70-8- per cent this reduces the amount going to landfill.

Currently the group organise the events every other month however they are looking at expanding to other areas. Tim added: “Spreading the love to the local area, whether it be Derby, Mansfield and getting sister groups started could be our next step.”

The date of the next Repair Cafe in Sherwood is Saturday April 6, 2-5pm. For more information check out Nottingham Fixers on Facebook.