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Hackney Fixers News
Jan 2021
We're thrilled to announce that we are starting new repair advice sessions - the first is on 30th January.  Plus a report on our laptop project which has shown the potential for reusing the laptops in your drawers and cupboards to help kids learn and bridge the digital divide.

Online repair advice sessions

We are delighted to be resuming our repair sessions in a different form after a gap of one year!  Join us online on Saturday 30th January to get free electrical and electronic device repair advice from our volunteers.  

Lazy laptop? Vacant vacuum? Mixed-up mixer? You don't want to dump it without at least trying to fix it, but you need some advice?

Book a slot and our volunteers will help you Restart your gadget by pinpointing the problem, providing advice and giving helpful tips and links.


Bridging the digital divide

Internet traffic increased dramatically in 2020 as we've started doing more and more online: socialising, working, entertainment, accessing services - and education.  Digital access has become essential for everyone from schoolkids to grandparents.  But many don't have access to a suitable device, and many, especially children, the elderly and disabled are particularly at a disadvantage.

So we put out an appeal for unused laptops, and we have now fixed up 30 machines and got them back into use.  Big thanks to Mer-IT who helped with workshop facilities and advice.  We used cash donated at repair events to cover the cost of spare parts and upgrades to the machines.

The machines have gone to local primary schools, college students, a refugee project and a community drop-in centre.  

Thanks to all our laptop donors: Adam, Alistair, Anne-Marie, Arti, Caroline, Chris, Dave, Evrah, Florence, Hayley, Ilana, James, Jayne, Julia, Kate, Lipi, Louise, Mark, Miranda, Pere, Peter, Ross, Theresa, Tracy and Vivienne!

Did you get a new laptop for Christmas?  If you have unused laptops or other devices you'd like to donate then check out: If you need help with digital skills check out:

Like to help out?

We'd love to hear from you if you are interested in helping out at our events or behind the scenes helping our team run our programme.  Get in touch by email or come along and talk to us at the event.  It's a great way to get experience of event management, learn new skills, and help others too!
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