We all know what the BIG story was in 2020 but did you know that it’s also been a BIG year for Share & Repair too? So much has changed for us over the past 12 months that we are barely recognisable to a year ago.
Here are our top 10 milestones this year.
March: We opened the Share and Repair Shop on Broad Street (part 1) and re-located the Library of Things into the space. Ok, we had to close our doors before we’d even had a chance to welcome the public but that meant we were raring to go once lockdown lifted.
March: We squeezed in our first ‘HOW TO’ workshop at the Weston Hub, giving participants some handy tips on how to use their hand and power tools just before lockdown started (useful!).
April: We became a charity. This is a major milestone for us and means are accountable. Importantly, it also means with we can raise funds through grant-making trusts and from Gift Aid.
June: We finally unlocked the door to the Share and Repair Shop on Broad Street (part 2), which one visitor said was “The best shop to open in Bath in the last 10 years”. Since then, we have loaned 411 items (and counting).
July: We were determined to keep the people of Banes sharing and repairing. Like many organisations, we have had to pivot this year. In July we launched bookable repair sessions in the shop and our volunteers in Peasedown St John opened for remote mending. Way to go! (In September, we re-opened Repair Cafes in Southdown, Weston, Larkhall and Peasedown too although we have to skip the Cafe part for now.)
September: We became the proud borrowers of a Cargo bike from Banes. On loan for three months, the bike means we deliver and collect items around Bath and reduce trips into the city. It also meant some fun introductory bike training for our ever-wonderful volunteers.
October: We reached 400 items for loan in the Library of Things – many of them donated by you wonderful people – and more than 2,000 items seen in Repair Cafes.
November: We employed two members of staff – the amazing Abi, who had been with us since March, and the equally excellent Ellen. Both are now General Managers for Share and Repair – paid positions that have been made possible by funding from The Medlock Charitable Trust, The Raby Trust and Government funding.
December: We had our first virtual meeting with four charities to launch The Homebank Scheme. This will see Share and Repair provide safe and secure small electrical preloved items for disadvantaged people moving into their first home and will be an important part of our work next year.
December: We launched our Gift Membership offer – year-long access to all the Things in the Library of Things for just £40. It’s an offer that is not just for Christmas….
As you can see, it’s been a bumper year for Share and Repair despite you know what. And we haven’t even mentioned taking part in the national Big Fix in February, our success on social media in March or launching our Proud Support and Super Supporter memberships in June.
Understandably, we are super proud of our milestones in 2020 and are looking forward to 2021 with hope, resilience and ambition.