Maidenhead Seed Swap

Saturday 2nd March 2024

Join us in the ECO Action Hub on Saturday 2nd March anytime between 11:00 to 13:00 for a seed swap! Get inspired to grow your own, see great ideas and get helpful tips if you are a novice or an expert. And you don’t actually need seeds to swap… just come along and join in!

What is a Seed Swap? “A great opportunity for gardeners to organize their seed collections and get rid of the ones they don’t want. They can also use the event to pick up seeds that they do want to grow. In all, it’s a win-win for gardeners and reduces wastage and cost.

Repair Cafe – Open Saturday 14th October

Here again: Maidenhead’s growing and successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Opening again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

We have published our future dates which also include:
– Saturday 14th October
– Saturday 11th November
– Saturday 9th December

Repair Cafe – Open Saturday 14th October

Here again: Maidenhead’s growing and successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Opening again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

We have published our future dates which also include:
– Saturday 14th October
– Saturday 11th November
– Saturday 9th December

Recycling: what about things like Pringle packets?

Confronted with seemingly non-recyclable waste? Here’s how ECO Action Hub is helping:: Terracycling provides practical accessible ways to divert hard-to-recycle items from landfills and incinerators.

Hero image of difficult to recycle waste

What is the ECO Action Hub doing to help: Have a look at this short video: here

Come and discover TerraCycling and more at the ECO Action Hub

Imagine a world where even the most obscure and unconventional items can be given a new lease on life through recycling. This vision comes to life at the ECO Action Hub, where we’re dedicated to showcasing innovative solutions like Terracycling. Our hub is a treasure trove of information, resources, and inspiration for individuals seeking to make a positive impact on the environment.

Terracycling, as one of our flagship initiatives, offers a clear path forward. It empowers everyone to take control of their waste, bridging the gap between everyday consumption and responsible disposal. By joining us at the ECO Action Hub, you’ll not only discover the power of Terracycling but also access a wealth of knowledge and support on your journey towards a greener, more sustainable future.

Let’s transform the way we think about waste, one Pringle packet at a time!

Maidenhead’s Repair Café open 9th September!

Open again: Maidenhead’s growing and successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Opening again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

We have published our future dates which also include:
– Saturday 9th September
– Saturday 14th October
– Saturday 11th November
– Saturday 9th December

ECO Action Hub Kilo Pre-Loved Clothes Sale 26th August

If you are looking for women’s designer clothes, clothes for your kids, or clothes you can repurpose and recycle -come to the ECO Action Hub on Saturday 26th from 11:00 to 14:00.

We’re running our inaugural kilo clothes sale and we have a LOT of great pre-loved clothing to offer you! It’s been pre-sorted and steam-ironed, and is all hanging up ready waiting for you!

How it works: Come to the Hub and start choosing clothes. Once you’ve picked your goods, queue at our checkout table where we will weigh your items and calculate your price (and any donations!)

The ECO Action Hub is an impressive place to help everyone learn more about climate change, eco action and what they can do – where we host events throughout the year such as Repair Café, Seed Swaps and now a Kilo Sale!

Maidenhead’s Repair Café open 9th September!

Open again: Maidenhead’s growing and successful Repair Café gives people’s broken or worn-out possessions a new lease of life! See people like yourself rebuilding, repairing and recycling things that might otherwise be thrown away. Opening again in our ECO-Action Hub.

Please register here if you wish to bring something for repair to reserve your time-slot: Or feel free to email the Repair Café team on repair.maidenhead@gmail.com.

We open from 10:00 to 15:00. Repair skills available at this next event include:
– small electrical items (excludes microwaves and large items)
– laptops/computers, phone repairs (except screen repairs)
– IT assistance(e.g. anti-virus, software updates)
– glass repairs, book binding, fixing picture frames
– basic woodwork, small furniture items
– sewing and mending, textiles repairs

We aim to fix anything, our volunteers love to solve problems!

We have published our future dates which also include:
– Saturday 9th September
– Saturday 14th October
– Saturday 11th November
– Saturday 9th December

DraughtBusters – Save Money, Stay Warm!

DraughtBusters can draught-proof your home and save you money. DraughtBusters are a team of experienced volunteers who want to help people with draughty homes. Here is a project update on their progress so far this year …

FEEDBACK FROM OUR CLIENTS: Across RBWM we have done 90 visits in the last 12 months. We have some great positive feedback from our clients!

November to December 2022

  • What a fabulous initiative! Your volunteers were very helpful and informative.
  • Thanks for the visit which went well thanks. They were super nice and helpful.
  • I just wanted to say a HUGE ‘thank you’ to your volunteers for the insulation they added to my home yesterday. I can really notice a difference and they did a superb and professional job. I am most grateful to them, and you for organizing. Thank you again!
  • Thanks great, what a great thing you’re doing!

January to March

  • I wanted to let you know that your volunteers kindly visited today and their suggestions were super helpful. Kindly please let me know how to contribute to say a big thank you for their visit.
  • Thanks so much for your detailed email and for sharing all these very useful links. I want to thank you again for the useful visit. I also made a little thank you donation today. Will definitely look to tell neighbours about your team!
  • Thank you and your team for helping with some draught fittings, they were both very thoughtful. I will add a small donation and spread the word.
  • I am already feeling a big difference after the work you have done in my house. (from someone who is not in good health and does not have central heating.)
  • We were very pleased with the visit, and happy to find out we didn’t have too much to worry about. We will definitely recommend you to our neighbours. Many thanks once again.
  • Just to say once more heartfelt thanks for your advice, most of which I’ve been able to implement. I’ve also been singing your praise to friends and neighbours, so you may well hear from them.

Reading DraughtBusters say

  • We used to say draughtproofing would save £90 to £120 on average per year, five and ten years ago.We now estimate £300 to £400 per year (10% of heating bill) as draughts account for 15% but the other 5% is tough to realise.
  • Our DraughtBusters fix (almost always) all draughts around windows, doors and pipes etc. We also advise how residents can use a small cushion pushed up a chimney to stop those draughts.
  • So, we estimate that we’ve saved each client between £120 and £400 per year in the last 12 months.

The bottom line: In the last 12 months we’ve saved RBWM residents between £10,800 and £36,000. We used grants from RBWM & NHS Frimley to purchase key draughtproofing product so that we could help residents across our key areas – Cookham, Maidenhead and Windsor.

ESTIMATED SAVINGS: The Energy Trust Says

  • “Draught-proofing around windows and doors could save you around £50 a year*. If you have an open chimney, draught-proofing your chimney when you’re not using it could save around £70 a year*.
  • Draught-free homes are comfortable at lower temperatures – so you may be able to turn down your thermostat, saving even more on your energy bills.

* Savings based on a typical gas-fuelled semi-detached property in England, Scotland or Wales. Figures for England, Scotland and Wales are based on fuel prices under the Energy Price Guarantee running from April 2023 to the end of June 2023.”

DraughtBusters can help you: We will fix your draughts and give you advice on how to save money around your home. All free – do not hesitate to get in touch with us, by email rbwmdraughtbusters@gmail.com or phone 07548 594413 and leave a message.