One of the kick-off events I’m planning for the BDMakerspace campaign is a regular local Repair Café.
The event will not only bring the usual benefits for fixsters and their “customers” but also act as a good platform to promote the Makerspace campaign and get in front of locals who might not have seen all our social media activities (and it would make some great PR in the local press).
We’ve got a couple of potential locations on board - a local library, and / or a local charitable organisation’s meeting rooms - both in central, easily accessibly locations and both engaged with local community groups who have all expressed an interest.
My only concern is about liabilities and insurance, as nobody wants the sort of negative exposure either BDMakerspace or our community “host” would get from a broken chair, exploding vacuum cleaner or any other minor disaster.
So, how does a fledgling campaign, not quite organised enough to form an official CIC, ensure their liabilities are covered in this case? Do we even need separate cover? Would it fall under the insurance already in place with the hosts?
As ever, your advice and experience is much appreciated!