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 (4)

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/

Restart party at Repair Café in Highbury

Elizabeth House

We'll be restarting electrical / electronic items as part of this Repair Café event organised by North London Waste Authority. Others will be helping with bike and textiles repair. 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. 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.

Ickenham Restart Party

Community Close

**This event is hosted by Hillingdon Friends of the Earth** Join Hillingdon Friends of the Earth in Ickenham at the Guide Hut in Community Close for our 9th Restart party and 4th in Ickenham. Bring your broken small electrical and electronic items along and we will try to help you fix them.We also do simple sewing repairs such as hems and buttons. The venue is situated in the centre of Ickenham, 5 minutes walk from Ickenham Underground (Met and Picadilly lines), 2 minutes from the U1 bus stop (Ruislip – West Drayton) and beside the library public carpark. Please note the earlier time than our previous events. We hope this will spread our visitors more evenly over the 3 hours, as it does not span lunchtime!

Tooting Restart & Sewstart Party

Mushkil Aasaan

Transition Town Tooting and Tooting Restarters welcome you to our November 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

Past events (301)

Hackney Restart Party

Grazebrook Primary School

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