Repair Hubs

Bicester Green

Bicester Green is a centre for skills, sustainability and second hand stuff. They operate by intercepting items that are destined for landfill and using them as catalyst for learning in their workshops. They are a place for sharing skills between people, inviting those with knowledge of repair of bikes, furniture and electrical items to share their skills with those who would benefit from learning. Essentially they give Stuff and People a second chance, through their workshops and in their shop where all the makes, repairs, restorations and upcycling can be purchased.

As a repair hub, Bicester Green is responsible for collecting donations from around the North and West of the County, from Libraries and Household Waste Recycling Centres, and bringing them back to The Yard where their team of volunteers will test (PAT test, function and extended bench testing), repair or harvest for parts as required. All tested and working items will be available for sale in their shop.

In addition, the Repair Hub serves the local community through monthly ‘Dr Spark’ sessions, where members of the public can bring their household electricals to be repaired. Dr Spark takes place on the last Saturday of the month, 10am to 2pm, from 28th March 2020 until 30th January 2021.

You can find them at The Yard in Bicester. Their opening times are Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Please use info@bicestergreen.org.uk or 07909 633382 for any enquiries. Find out more by visiting their website or Facebook page.

Orinoco (Oxford)

Their Scrapstore in Headington sells scrap items for art, crafts, play and creative projects as well as new art materials, refurbished tools and DIY stuff. We’re open from 11am until 4pm on Sat, Tues and Thurs. [Map]

They collect suitable waste materials from businesses for potential reuse and accept usable garden and workshop tools. They also hold a monthly ‘Swap Shop’ on the second Saturday of every month. This is an opportunity to bring usable household items you no longer need and give them away. You can take things away too – all for free!

For more info call 01865 761113, email or check their Facebook page.

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