Ealing repair café was set up by Mary and Lucy to teach people to repair by using patching or darning techniques rather than discarding their clothes.
Volunteers run the Ealing Repair café so we are limited in what we can do and how many sessions we run, but we also want to keep the momentum going. So if you interested in getting involved or setting up your own session, we would love you on board, please contact us.
Mary Horesh: Crafter, repairer, recycler, environmentalist and mum.
I am a passionate environmental campaigner and am part of Ealing Transition helping them set up Climate Action projects and support Act for Ealing creating a central hub for anyone interested in environmental action in Ealing.
I like to help and encourage people to make positive steps to help the planet and the environment. I enjoy sewing and patch and darn to get the most out of my clothes. I also buy second hand and learning how to alter clothes for my family and I. I crochet using sustainable and/or recycled yarn, like t-shirt yarn and British wool. I also dabble in craftivism, the art of gentle protest, which involves embroidering inspiring messages and have put them up around my area.
Over the years I have done a variety of environmental campaigning. I helped to reduce single use waste and set up a recycle reward stall at our school fundraising events. One thing I love about Ealing is our parks, the green spaces and trees. I want to do all that I can to encourage people to love and respect nature and the environment. I work part time in marketing and have two children. So life is never quiet!
Lucy Floyer: I’ve been crafting and sewing since I was small, with a particular interest in making crochet and patchwork quilts, clothes for my daughter’s dolls, and making things over with repurposed materials. I believe in the importance of living more sustainable lifestyles and have worked to reduced waste at school events and run the Ealing Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Facebook group which aims to reduce consumption by sharing and passing on resources in the local community.