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We’re getting ready to BitFIXit again!

Hello again, our fellow fixers and readers! We are excited to share some good news to everyone here, following news of lockdown restrictions easing throughout England; our regular computer repairs workshops at Abbeyfield Park House will be back in service and ready to begin fixing computers again! Workshop sessions will resume from Saturday 17th April 2021 at the usual time of 12pm to 3pm.

The safety measures and precautions we adopted for our workshops at previous sessions that we were able to operate when restrictions were last eased, will remain broadly the same. But this time, we will operate a kiosk service using the community room entrance leading from the park. The way this will work, is that people can book in repairs for their broken computers from outside the building, and collect their items after repairs have been completed.

Because it has been quite a few months since we held our last workshop sessions, it will take some time for us to get back into the swing of things, and we will review how the new sessions progress, so that we can serve local communities to the best of our abilities. We very much look forward to seeing you all again at our regular workshops!

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BitFIXit is now BitFIXing again!

Hello fellow readers and fixers! As the upheaval resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak is starting to settle up and down the United Kingdom, we noticed that various places throughout the country have recently started to open up again as the lockdown relaxes. We have also recently heard from another local community group based in Abbeyfield Park House that members of the local community have been asking about when our usual repairs workshops will begin running again.

Well, we have some good news to share with everyone here; we are looking to restart our repairs workshops for the community, starting from next Saturday, which will be the 27th June 2020. There will, however, be some measures that we will put into place to help protect our volunteers and the community against contracting coronavirus; here is a list of some of the measures that we propose to implement;

  • Providing hand sanitisers, wipes and gloves at the repairs workshops
  • We will be trialing having a small reception area just inside the door to the park where customers can drop off their computers. We’ll take contact details and then ask you to leave and we will contact you when the repair is finished.
  • Where possible, we will carry out repairs in separate rooms to help volunteers maintain social distancing during workshop sessions
  • As this is a trial we will review how it goes and may change our procedures as we get better at this

We very much look forward to resuming our regular service which has been operating continuously since 2004.

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From specialism to generalism – a workshop trial

Since we began the BitFIXit project in 2004, we generally focused our repairs work more on computers and mobile devices at our pop-up repair workshops at Abbeyfield Park House in Pitsmoor, and on Verdon Street in Burngreave prior to the move.

Having worked alongside the dedicated repairers from Repair Sheffield since 2016, we are now collaborating with them to begin a trial, involving monthly general repair workshops at Abbeyfield Park House. The initial session at our repair workshops will run on Saturday 1st February 2020 at the extended times of 10am to 4pm, in line with Repair Sheffield’s repair cafe sessions at Heeley City Farm and Strip the Willow.

You can find out more about Repair Sheffield at their website here:

On the day, we can repair computers, phones and tablets as we normally do at our repairs workshops, but you can also bring along a plethora of other kinds of everyday items such as small furniture (e.g tables, chairs), general electrical items (e.g kettles, radios, digital TV recorders), clothes and footwear, and even antiques!

If all goes well at the initial general workshops session and there is enough interest to make these sessions viable, then we will hold the general repair workshops on the first Saturday of every month at Abbeyfield Park House. We hope to see you there!

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Sheffield Community Toolbank Relaunch Event

BitFIXit is proud to announce that we will participate in the Sheffield Community Toolbank relaunch event, which will be held by Green City Action. The event will take place at Abbeyfield Park on Saturday 23rd March 2019, from 10am to 4pm.

The Toolbank will offer tool swaps and tool sharpening services on a pay-as-you-feel basis during the course of the event, making the relaunch a grand opportunity to bring in any worn and tired tools and gardening equipment and keep them in good working order.

Repair Sheffield will be participating at the relaunch event, and will offer its repair cafe services to the community, where volunteers from Repair Sheffield can fix a wide, diverse range of household items, clothes and fabrics, which means that members of the public can bring with them various kinds of stuff that need fixing, and learn how to repair the items themselves. One item fixed is one less item going into landfill!

People’s Kitchen Pitsmoor will also be at the relaunch event from 2pm to 4pm, where it will showcase a recipe to enable members of the community to try out food and snacks from different cuisines. The community group has ambitious plans to transform Abbeyfield Park into a hub for people all over Sheffield, and convert the currently disused stables into a cafe and kitchen for people to meet up and try out new recipes.

And of course, we at BitFIXit will offer our own IT repair workshops at the relaunch, as well as share creative ideas about reusing and repurposing computer parts and IT equipment with the community.

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BitFIXit 2018 Easter Weekend Opening

The BitFIXit community clinics workshops will be opening as normal this Easter Weekend, giving members of the local community the opportunity to bring in their computers for repairs and optimisations. We will certainly endeavour to help with hardware and software issues during the Easter Weekend clinics workshops, just like on any other weekend. So as always, please feel free to bring in your computer that you just can’t seem to get to work, or otherwise just needs some tender loving care, and we will help return it to a good working order.

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BitFIXit Community Clinics Christmas & New Year Break

The BiFIXit Community Clinics based at Abbeyfield Park House will be closed for the Christmas and the beginning of the New Year. The following Saturdays that we will be closed on, are as follows;

  • 23rd December 2017
  • 30th December 2017
  • 6th January 2018

The community clinics sessions will subsequently resume on Saturday 13th January 2018. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!