New tinker space promotes repair skills and upcycling

Re-purpose and re-use: An all new tinker space is now open in Victor Harbor, promoting the upcycling of old or damaged household items.
Re-purpose and re-use: An all new tinker space is now open in Victor Harbor, promoting the upcycling of old or damaged household items.

For many years, societies around the world have been developing increasing 'throwaway tenancies.'

In the faced-past and time-poor 21st century, handyperson skills are slowly becoming a thing of the past, as consumers slip further into upgrade culture, choosing to purchase new items rather than repair the old.

It is often cheaper and more convenient to purchase new household items like TV's and fridges, rather than fixing or upcycling items.

However, awareness and education on the affect of such practices on the environment has never been greater, and the Repair Café movement is a global remedy seeking to buck this trend.

What started as an idea in Amsterdam in 2009, has continued to grow, with thousands of repair cafe's springing up across the globe - and now, Victor Harbor has it's own, The Tinker Space: Fix, it Make it, Chat.

"Not only is this a space to learn and share skills, it's a place to be creative and meet new people," said Coordinator Erica Gurner of Skylight.

"Skylight's Community Resilience program on the Fleurieu is about finding ways to strengthen connections within the community and support people to discover ways they can increase their own well-being."

Whether you are learning how to use hammer or finally getting around to repairing the hole in your favourite jumper, that wonky chair leg, or want to re-purpose throw-away items, The Tinker Space aims to serve that purpose.

The Tinker Space is open to any adults every Monday from 10 - 12:30pm in the Men's Shed at the end of Martha Close, Victor Harbor.

For more info, contact Erica at Skylight via: 8378 4100.