St Kilda Repair Cafe

 – an initiative of JECO and the Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC)

JECO is excited to announce the establishment of a Repair Cafe in St Kilda, to be held on the second Sunday of each month (except January) from 2-5pm at the Port Phillip EcoCentre (PPEC), 55A Blessington St, St Kilda (corner Herbert & Blessington St, adjacent to the St Kilda Botanic Gardens).

What is a Repair Café?

Very few people even think about the possibility of repairing the old product. Fewer and fewer people know how to repair things, yet those who do could greatly contribute towards making our society more sustainable. The Repair Café aims to harness this invaluable practical knowledge and encourage those with expertise to pass it on.

Formulated in the Netherlands, the idea of a Repair Café is that people can repair their broken items themselves, supported by specialists and in a relaxed atmosphere. So rather than throwing away items with defects – a stool with a wobbly leg, a CD player with a lid that won’t open, or a woollen jumper with a hole in the elbow – we look at repairing them.

How does it work?

The St.Kilda Repair Café will be based on the successful model used at the Melbourne Repair Cafe, which has been operating in Yarraville since 2016:

Volunteer ‘fixers and menders’ will make themselves available at the PPEC, 55A Blessington St, St.Kilda, from 2-5pm on the second Sunday of each month, to fix or mend items that need repairing. Anyone with an item that needs repairing can bring it to the PPEC at that time, and if there is a fixer available, they will work with the person bringing in the item to try to fix it. There is no charge for the repairs, but users may wish to make a small donation towards the cost of running the service.

Items that can be repaired include anything that can be brought to the venue, such as clothing, electrical goods, furniture,  jewelry, mechanical items (e.g. bicycles, sewing machines, mowers), toys, etc.

How to get involved

If you’re a fixer or a mender or even just someone who’d like to help with the running of these sessions, WE NEED YOU!

​We are looking for people with specialist and all-round skills in fixing household items such as:

  • clothing/textiles
  • jewelry
  • books
  • shoes & leather goods
  • bikes
  • small furniture/wooden items
  • computers
  • electronics
  • electricals & small appliances
  • … and more!

We would also love to have someone with electrician or electrical tagging and testing skills.


Email John Hillel , phone John on 9807 9653, or see our webpage

All sessions at the PPEC, 55A Blessington St, St Kilda

 2-5pm on the second Sunday of every month except January.