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The People's Association /
Posted 6 months ago

When appliances in our house break down, few of us would ever think about fixing the faults on our own. But 46-year-old Ms Charmaine Tan, who recently signed up to be a volunteer with Repair Kopitiam, is determined to pick up skills that will enable her to repair simple household items. “Many of us tend to replace the items once they are slightly broken. I feel it will be useful to learn these skills, as we would be encouraging the culture of rescuing rather than throwing,” she remarks. Repair Kopitiam is a community-driven project initiated by Sustainable Living Lab. Propagating the culture of repair, it has partnered grassroots organisations to conduct workshops in different neighbourhoods such as Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Chua Chu Kang and Jurong. These workshops allow residents to get hands-on in repairing their damaged appliances under the guidance of experienced volunteers. Like Charmaine, residents can also sign up as volunteers to learn repair techniques and pass on the knowledge to others at future workshops. Teck Ghee Vista Residents’ Network (RN) is one of the locations where Repair Kopitiam workshops are held. Aside from providing a venue for the workshops, grassroots volunteers also dedicate their time to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Mr Lim Eng Heok, member of Teck Ghee Vista RN, hopes that Repair Kopitiam would enhance the spirit of neighbourliness as workshop participants can learn new skills and use them to help others in need. “For instance, some elderly residents may need to repair their faulty appliances but are unsure of whom they can approach. With Repair Kopitiam, we hope that more residents can volunteer and contribute to the cause.” #PeoplesAssociation #ACaringCommunity

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