enfinium awards £1,500 in funding to repair café in North Wales


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Energy-from-waste operator enfinium has awarded £1,500 in funding to the Ruthin Repair Café in Denbighshire, North Wales.

Ruthin Repair Café is a community-based not-for-profit that has been repairing household goods for local residents since February 2020. 

The repair café runs once a month featuring a team of 25 volunteers, which enfinium said have helped fix 963 items to date across 31 events. 

The most common repairs are electricals, especially toasters and vacuum cleaners, followed by sewing repairs, such as soft toys and clothes, enfinium said.

The grant funding will cover the running costs, including room hire and consumables, and enable training for our volunteers to develop their skills in areas such as first aid training, tool sharpening and PAT safety-testing certification.

We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding from enfinium. 

Commenting on the funding, Anne Lewis, Ruthin Repair Café Organiser, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this funding from enfinium. 

“The funds will enable us to continue to help support the local residents of Ruthin, repair their broken items, and provide training to our fantastic team of volunteers.”

In March 2024, enfinium launched its £60,000 “Repair Café Support Fund” to support cafés within a 30-mile radius of one of enfinium’s facilities in Kent, North Wales, West Yorkshire or the West Midlands. 

Eligible Repair Cafés can apply for funding of up to £1,500 per annum before the 31 May deadline.

Mike Maudsley, CEO of enfinium, commented: “Repairing broken items is a critical part of reducing the amount of waste we produce. In turn, this leads to lower consumption, lower carbon emissions and less waste ending up in landfill. 

“This is why we are delighted to be awarding Ruthin’s Repair Café with funding today, which has been helping local families to reduce waste and save money since 2020.”

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