What we're about

Restarters are people who like helping other learn how to fix broken electronics and electricals - anything with a battery or a plug - with a few exceptions for safety, like microwaves.

Restarters have diverse skills. Some help with basic electrical fixing involving changing fuses and plugs. Others deal with software issues on laptops and mobiles. What unites Restarters is the love of a repair challenge and their collaborative approach.

Volunteer with us to make a difference, help empower people by teaching repair, and reduce e-waste. To get started come to one of our Volunteer Welcome Sessions which happen every few months and are all posted here on Meetup. You can read and sign up to our Safety Guidelines (https://mailchi.mp/therestartproject/welcome) prior to a Welcome Session, or during one.

👩🏾‍🔧We have a dedicated Meetup to create space for women and non-binary people (https://www.meetup.com/Women-repairing-electronics-Rosie-the-Restarter/) to share skills and gain confidence in repair. 👩🏾‍🔧

The Restart Project promotes community self-repair events for Restarters called "Restart Parties" in greater Camden and Brixton. In other communities in London, other organisations host - we will indicate the hosts for events.

Please SIGN UP for our monthly newsletter (https://therestartproject.org/#signup_target), with tips, inspiration and news.

Please note that children are more than welcome at Restart Parties, but only when accompanied by their guardians.

If you would like to reach out to more people by hosting your own Restart Party, write us at community@therestartproject.org

Upcoming events (5)

Tooting Restart & Sewstart Party

Mushkil Aasaan

Transition Town Tooting and Tooting Restarters welcome you to our September Restart and Sewstart party! We help you learn how to mend and upgrade your clothes and fix all kinds of electrical devices, starting with troubleshooting, advising on spare parts if necessary and more. Take back control of your stuff, never feel victim to obsolescence again. Slow laptops, broken printers, smartphones, coffee grinders, missing buttons - you name it, we'll help you fix it. We will have drinks and snacks, including from the amazing Pooja Sweets, in this vibrant community space. Please try to arrive at 1:30 pm if you would like help and remember: we're happy to help for you to learn how to repair, but we are not repair professionals. Restart Parties are a community self-repair space. Attending means that you take responsibility for your own gadget, your own data, and your own self. Please do not forget to back-up your data and bring all relevant cables and leads. Nearest tube stations: Tooting Broadway or Tooting Bec Bus Routes: 155, 219 & 355

Crystal Palace Repair Party

Upper Norwood Library,

**This Restart Party is hosted by the Library of Things and Transition Town Crystal Palace** Toaster being problematic? Mobile phone giving you grief? Blender driving you mad? Laptop playing up? Bring it, we'll help you fix it! Free drop-in repair session for electrical goods* and clothing A repair party is a place for people who like fixing or need things fixing - and together they work to bring poorly electronics back to life. *one electrical item per person, and no microwaves please! Disclaimer: We're happy to help you learn how to repair. We are not repair professionals, and repair parties are a community self-repair space. Attending means that you take responsiblity for your own gadget. Please back up your data. One item per person, and no microwaves please! For more details, or to get involved search for 'Crystal Palace Fixers' on Facebook. Brought to you by Crystal Palace Library of Things, Crystal Palace Transition Town and Upper Norwood Library Hub.

Hackney Restart Party

Grazebrook Primary School

**** This event is organised by Hackney Fixers **** We'll be back in September as part of the Zero Waste Hub at Grazebrook School in Hackney on the 14th Sept. So dig out your tired toasters, poorly printers and lazy laptops for a bit of TLC. As well as the Restart Party there'll be lots of other zero waste activities going on. We hope to see lots of our regular restarters and welcome first-timers as well. We look forward to seeing you!

Kilburn Restart party

Abbey Community Centre

*This party is hosted by Transition Town Kensal to Kilburn* Restart Parties are free and fun events giving practical help to fix your broken or tired gadgets. Slow laptops, broken printers, coffee grinders, lamps, kettles, vacuums and many other small electrical items! We’ll help you figure out the problem and give help and advice on how to fix it. Restart Parties promote the repair and maintenance of electronics that may otherwise be thrown away. Our volunteers will help you learn to fix, we're not simply a free repair service and we can’t guarantee to fix everything. DO: Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK). Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are there to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Please back up your data before the event. Charge up your device and bring all leads and adaptors. Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible. Donate to support our work DON’T: Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed. Expect us to have spare parts. However we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement. Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first. Bring a microwave. For more info https://therestartproject.org/

Past events (298)

West Hampstead Restart party

West Hampstead Community Centre

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