Special option for October (while lockdowns prevent face-to-face sessions):

As we are unable to run a face to face session in October we are experimenting with an online session instead. Here’s what to do if you have a repair or need advice:

1. Send a photograph (or several) of the item you need to repair plus an explanation of the fault to our email address (stkilda.repaircafe@gmail.com) on or before Friday 8th October .

2. Indicate how you would rate your repair skill level on a scale from 0 to 5 (0 = no related skill at all, 5 = I can probably handle it myself, but I need advice).

We will let you know how to proceed and whether it will be worth you attending our online zoom session on Sunday October 10th for further assistance.

All requests for repairs/advice need to be lodged at our email address no later than 10.00p.m. (2200hrs) on Friday October 8th.

Note: A reminder that there is no charge for this service or for any repairs done at a face to face session


Progress to date – as at July 2021

Since November 2017:

No. of items fixedNo. “almost fixed” (need parts)Saved from landfill
4891401415 kg

On average, our fixers and menders have fixed or ‘almost fixed’ two out of every three items brought in and saved over a tonne of items from landfill!

If you’re interested in helping keep the St Kilda Repair Cafe up and running, or if you have any other questions about it, please contact John Hillel:

  • phone: 9807 9653
  • email:  stkilda.repaircafe@gmail.com
  • fill in the form: on our Get involved page.

    Please note:  All our fixers are VOLUNTEERS, and there is no charge made for the fixes they do. However any donations people would like to make are welcomed to help us cover our costs (website, glues & other materials used from time to time.)

When do our Repair Cafes happen?

Our Repair Cafes are (usually!) held on the second Sunday of every month from March to December, 2-5 pm, but in 2021 we started in January and had another one scheduled for 14th February which unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lockdown. Since then restrictions have limited our sessions to March, April, May and July.

This year’s Repair Cafe dates:

Sunday 10th October 2021 (Restrictions permitting) *** See above!

Sunday 14th November

Sunday 12th December


See this website for information about where you can take items for reuse/repurposing/recycling.