STOURBRIDGE Repair Cafe is going online to help people fix their much-loved treasured or essential items.

The group has not been able to hold its monthly cafe in The Ryemarket due to coronavirus social distancing requirements and volunteer menders are not sure when they will be able to return to the shopping centre.

Members, however, are still keen to give people a helping hand and are offering assistance via Skype or Zoom. They have also have set up a dedicated telephone line.

Member Marion Meadows said: "Our members are working on ideas for using modern day technology to enable us to continue our work for Stourbridge residents

"For the not so technically minded amongst us there is a dedicated telephone number set up for enquiries and eventually booking in of items for our volunteers to consider repairing.

"People will will be able to speak to a Repair Cafe person by ringing 07858 312969 between 9am until 7pm in the evening from Monday until Saturday.

"For those who are willing to try to mend their own items our talented repairers may be able to give guidance by means of Skype or Zoom.

"Stourbridge Repair Cafe is happy to be taking on the extra title of ‘virtual' repair cafe to make sure that we continue to fulfil our role in our community in these difficult times."

Repair Cafe volunteers have been busy during the pandemic helping to provide hundreds of laundry bags to NHS staff but they are now keen to get back to helping Stourbridge residents to mend their household or treasured items.