Living Care hosted its first ‘Repair Cafe’ at Clelland Lodge in Nowra on Wednesday 20th September, to help people with small repairs.

Residents, volunteers and TAFE students were there to show people how to clean their jewellery and silverware properly, how to sharpen knives, and how to make eyeglass, tap washer and sewing repairs. The repair café will open its doors once a month and there will be different repairs on offer each time.


Toni Wallwork (Acting Group Diversional Therapist Manager) organised the project to bring the community together and promote sustainability.

She says, “What I’m hoping to achieve is to teach people how to make simple repairs, not throw away things and for people to engage with the people that inhabit Clelland Lodge and see how vibrant they are, and see what they do with their knowledge and how they can share that with others.”

The launch was bright and colourful, and everyone enjoyed learning new skills. Annette Alldrick (Councillor), Melissa Andrews (Shoalhaven Council member), and North Nowra PreSchool were among those who attended.

The Repair Cafe concept was introduced in the Netherlands by Martine Postma in 2009, but this is the first known café which is run out of a residential care service.