63 washing machines, 101 ovens, 100 microwaves, 28 dryers – there are a lot of appliances around St Martins services, including in hostels, individual flats and shared houses.
John Care, a member of St Martins maintenance team, recently completed an intensive two week domestic appliance repair training course.
John said, “It’s good knowledge to have. It can save the charity a lot of money if we can repair broken washing machines and fix parts rather than pay for their disposal and replace with new. It’s much better environmentally too.”
John recently fixed a washing machine at the cost of £14 for the replacement part, rather than the charity forking out £250 for a new machine.
John, who has worked for St Martins for two years, is able to repair all sorts of white goods, and plans to have a stock of parts and supplies at the charity’s maintenance unit. The increased cost of living impacts on charities and organisations, so this is a way to keep costs down and reduce the amount of waste heading to landfill.