We all know that climate change, air pollution, and poor health due to lack of exercise mean that we need to shift away from car use and towards walking, cycling and public transport. However, many of us feel that as things are currently set up it is very difficult to actually choose to drive less.

Leicester city council needs to deal with the poor public transport, health issues, deprivation, air pollution and congestion in the city. At the same time it’s struggling with ever reducing funding from national government. However, they are also afraid to act to change things because they believe there is little or no public support for prioritising active (cycling, walking, scooting, rollerblading etc) and public transport over car use. In Leicester over a third of households don’t own a car, and the current system penalises them while encouraging car use.

We’re asking you to download, fill in and return THIS SURVEY by 9/12/18 in order to show the council that there would be support for them making car use a bit harder, maybe as part of a change which also helped us get around using public transport and our bodies more. We hope to have an opportunity to present the results from this survey to the council in December. If you know anyone locally who might be sympathetic to this viewpoint, please pass this survey to them and ask them to fill it in.

 

As part of Footpaths we've produced a board game designed to teach us how to estimate the carbon footprint of the foods we eat at the point at which we buy them. We've been using it in meetings and on stalls with both adults and children , and people have been asking if they can borrow it to use at events. So we'd like to make it available to you if you would use it repeatedly and not let it just sit on a shelf somewhere. It costs us £25 to produce a copy, so if you can afford to pay for it that would be great, but if you can't afford this and would use it lots then we'll happily give you a copy.

If you want to reduce your personal carbon footprint in the company of like minded people, and think you'd like to take part in a Footpaths group to do this, then we'd love to hear from you. We try to organise groups close to where participants live, and do this by maintaining a list of interested people and their contact details. Once we seem to have enough people in an area to start a group, we contact everyone on the list to see if they are still interested and what times would work for them and then go from there.

At the moment (2018) groups are coming together in Birmingham, Cheltenham, Norfolk, Tewkesbury.

If you want to go on our list of people who want to take part in a group, please fill in this form.

Our next facilitation training will be in Feb 2019 so if you want to be trained please tell us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ringing 0116 2899074.

We use facilitation to mean helping a group to work together effectively both in terms of doing the exercises and discussions in the meetings, and more importantly in supporting each other to engage emotionally as well as intellectually with the material and each other.

Who are we?

Leicester Fixers is a community of amateur and professional repairers and non-repairers that work together to mend the broken and learn more about repair. We are under the umbrella of Transition Leicester to create more resilient and sustainable communities.

What do we do? 

We run Restart parties which are ''pay as you feel'' community events organised by volunteers to inspire people to mend their broken gadgets, buy for longevity and prevent electronic waste. We focus mainly on electrical items, nevertheless we welcome other types of repair such as mending clothes and fixing bikes, it all depends on people's skills in the areas we go to.

What is Leicestershire Outreach Programme 2018-2019?

We received a grant from Leicestershire County Council to reach out to communities across Leicestershire so they can too self-organise to bring repair events in their community.We are currently targeting places such as Loughborough, Coalville, Hinckley, Uppingham, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Lutterworth.

 What do we provide through the programme?

Through the Leicestershire Outreach Programme, we will provide the tools, the skills, the training and the insurance for communities to run repair events.We will help with organising a first event so the involved community can see first-hand how we do it. For the subsequent events, we will provide a PAT tester with a volunteer, the tools plus an insurance cover. If the community wants to make the repair events in their local area a sustainable feature, we will provide a PAT test training so they are able to check the safety features of their items.

As part of the project, we will run a survey with the attendees to gain an understanding of their experience through the Restart Party and how they may have changed as a result of trying to repair their broken item. We will also have an end of project event where all the people interested in repair across Leicestershire can meet.

How can you help?

By becoming one of the individual or community who will bring repair events in their local area!

To connect with us and ask further questions about the programme

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