2016 has been a lot of hard work but it’s coming to a wonderful end for Remade. We opened the Edinburgh Remakery in 2016, and its mix of repair workshops, repair tutorials, affordable refurbished computers and furniture, and woodwork space is proving a hit with the community. I overheard two recent customers leaving the shop, and one said to the other “Leith is so cool”. We agree.
Our recent win of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award has been a huge boost to the whole team and we’re really grateful for all the support that helped us win. It is a huge validation for the hard work and also for the vision of building a network of repair centres throughout the UK.
We’re running a workshop on this called ‘Inspiring Change’ so if you’re one of the people or groups interested in learning about our business model why not book a place? Tuesday 17 January 1.30-5pm. During this workshop we’ll outline some of the steps you’d need to take to set up a repair social enterprise, or add repair to an existing community enterprise, and there’s plenty of space for questions. This is a good entry-level course if you’re interested in finding out more about our replication programme.
At the same time as all the good news I’m only too painfully aware of the wider context I’m writing this in: a rising tide of fascist discourse that directly threatens tolerant and inclusive communities, public discourse, and critical progress on climate change. It’s possible to fall into despair, cynism, escapism and ‘normalisation’: but we must support each other to resist these paths and not give up. Too much is at stake.
From our experience in Edinburgh we know how much people value coming together as a community, learning new skills, and engaging with a local business that creates jobs and volunteering opportunities whilst respecting our beautiful planet. And we know that employing immigrants doesn’t take jobs, it creates jobs. In our case our wonderful colleagues Sotiris from Greece and Mario from Italy, have helped build our business so we can employ more British people too. It’s a win-win solution.
What’s so tragic about the narrative of hate is it misses the point that we’re ALL individually better off when we care for other beings – human and non-human alike. I hope that expanding Remade can have a positive part to play in helping to strengthen this narrative and be a voice for change in 2017.
Please do stay in touch with us and join up as a member to help us do more and be part of our future.
Sophie and The Remade in Edinburgh team