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!
The good news is we managed to raise (almost!) enough in donations to cover a basic annual £2m PL policy via Export & General, so we’ll be going with that… and running our first Repair Café!
If anyone’s interested and fancies tagging along: It’s on November 25th in Droitwich Spa, 10am - 4pm.
We have no idea how popular it will be, but our hosts aren’t charging us for the venue, so we won’t be out of pocket.
It’s our first real public event, so wish us luck! We hope to have about half-a-dozen volunteers of various technical abilities, and it’s the same day as Droitwich switched on the Xmas Lights, so it might be busy…
Drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org if fancy turning up, or you’ve got any ideas where I can get free samples of tape, glue, screws, fuses, solder, batteries etc. - local hardware stores aren’t playing ball even with my usual charm offensive