Restart Project comes to Harrow

This Is Local London: Sarah Kersey and Poulomi Desai from Usurp Gallery with electronics whiz Philip Le Riche. Sarah Kersey and Poulomi Desai from Usurp Gallery with electronics whiz Philip Le Riche.

From broken laptops to disused stereos, people turned out with their broken goods to learn how to fix them at Harrow’s first ever Restart Project.

People were encouraged to bring their broken electronics, clothes and bikes to Usurp Gallery in Vaughan Road, where volunteers were ready to help share their skills on how to repair the items which might otherwise end up in the bin.

Sarah Kersey, West London project manager for Rubbish Diet, which set up today’s event, said: “This is our first one in the area but it seems to have taken off. It’s a great community way for people to get together and learn how to fix things.”

Janet Gunter, co-founder of the Restart Project, said: “Every community has a lot of people with technical skills to share, and people who really care about sustainability.

“A lot of people are tired of the throw away culture and a lot of the time there’s no reason why an item cannot be fixed instead of getting rid of it and buying another one.”

Ki Hng came from Wembley to the event hoping to have her MacBook laptop fixed.

She said: “This is the first time I’ve been to anything like this and I love it.

“I think it’s a fantastic idea. It brings back a sense of community that we don’t have very much of anymore."

 

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