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The Share and Repair Network would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who was able to attend our 2024 Share and Repair Gathering.

We were delighted to welcome over 75 people from 53 organisations across Scotland to The Barracks, Stirling on 29th February.

The day was an opportunity to network, learn from each other, celebrate the work that is happening all over Scotland, and review where Share and Repair sits within the move towards expanding the circular economy in the transition towards achieving net zero. Download a summary of the programme, including the delegate list here. Share and Repair Gathering_Feb 24_Information Pack

Share and Repair Network Coordinator Jane Dixon has shared a summary of the event for those who were unable to attend, with links throughout of organisations featured below:

Lorna Slater MSP

The day started with a presentation and Q&A from Ms Lorna Slater MSP, Minister for Green Skills, Circular Economy and Biodiversity. Ms Slater’s speech focused on the positive impacts of the Share and Repair projects on the wellbeing economy, acknowledgement of the important role played by volunteers, and a look forward to a future where Share and Repair projects could be available in all communities across Scotland.  The Q&A that followed included reference to the Circular Economy Bill currently making its way through the Scottish Parliament, and a call from Ms Slater for Share and Repair members to contribute to the waste route map to ensure their voices are heard.

Perspectives on Repair Across the World

Joining The Gathering via video link was Leanne Wiseman, Professor in Intellectual Property Law at Griffith University in Brisbane Australia, and Chair of the Australian Repair Network.  In conversation with Circular Communities Scotland’s Matt Lewis, Leanne talked about the evolution of the Australian Right to Repair movement.  Leanne started with an interest in the challenges of repair to agricultural machinery and the intellectual property issues related to spare parts and repair.  The Australian Repair Network now campaigns as part of the wider international Right to Repair movement and supports a network of over 100 Repair Cafes across Australia.

Campaigning for a Circular Economy in Scotland

Kim Pratt, Circular Economy Campaigner from Friends of the Earth Scotland gave a presentation about the Circular Economy Bill currently going through the Scottish parliament, and how members can get involved in campaigning during stage 2 of the bill.

Download Kim’s slides here.

World Cafe

The world cafe session provided an opportunity for intense fast-paced discussion on a choice of 7 topics. Participants shared ideas, questions, problems and solutions.

Download notes on the different topics covered.

#ShareRepairAware Campaign

The Gathering took place during our #ShareRepairAware Campaign week and was an opportunity for the Minister and Members to show their support for the campaign.  #ShareRepairAware is our annual campaign to raise awareness about the amazing power of sharing and repairing as alternatives to buying new.  You can find out more here.

Afternoon breakout sessions:
Teaching Practical Clothing Repair

Ros Studd and Ellie Alavi from Aberdeen based Repair What You Wear took participants through the basics of how to teach hand sewing repair and shared details about the fantastic free resources available on their website.

See past training session led by Repair What You Wear.

Developing Great people for Great Projects

Presentations from three member organisations looked at the issues around developing a strong and effective volunteer team for projects, with Q&A and discussion facilitated by Circular Communities Scotland’s Chris Sanderson.  Thanks to Lee McGrath from ReBoot in Forres, Morag Sorbie from Transition Stirling and Fiona Airey from ReMake in Crieff for sharing their experience.

Download session notes

Download session slides

What to Charge and When to Charge

Elaine Brown, CEO of The Edinburgh ReMakery and Wendy Callander from Wellbeing Works in Dundee gave presentations about how they have developed strategies around what to charge and when to charge, taking into account the needs and demands of the different communities they work with.  Facilitated by Circular Communities Scotland’s Rhoda Reid there was lively discussion with participants about the challenges faced when making decisions around charging. Judith Eele from Community Enterprise also took part to raise awareness of the resources and support available to help members develop strategic approaches to developing a charging policy.

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Making the Most of My Turn

Chris Hellawell and Cecile Levavasseur from Edinburgh Tool Library led a session on how to optimise MyTurn Software, used by the majority of sharing libraries in Scotland.  This included details of the ETL tool descriptor project, which will see default descriptions for the most commonly borrowed tools available to all MyTurn users in the network.  See network newsletters for updates.

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Feedback from network members

“Thanks so much for organising a very useful and inspiring Gathering! We had a fantastic time and gathered a lot of useful ideas, contacts, and good practice.”

“Thank you for organising such a great event. It was inspiring and enjoyable, and really boosted my energy to go forward.”

“Great to meet so many other like-minded people.”

“Well organised, good content, great time and space to network – learned lots.”

The Share and Repair Network would like to thank everyone who took the time to present, speak, engage with and attend our 2024 Gathering. We are extremely grateful for the support of our members, and the chance to operate in such an ambitious and inspiring sector in Scotland. See you next year!

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