Here are some useful suggestions about ways to replace an item like a fridge or to borrow a tool or piece of equipment you only need for a short time.

Reconditioned electrical items are occasionally offered by some shops that advertise that they do repairs, e.g. Bath Domestic Appliances, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RS. Open Monday –Saturday 9.30am-5pm, 01225 427289, but ring first to check if they have the item you want.

Freecycle Bath website offers items free (you collect) across the whole BANES area. See www.groups.freecycle.org/group/BathPAfreecycle/posts/all

Repairs

  • BANES Repair Cafe. Volunteers show you how to repair broken appliances, bicycles, computers and help you do this. You are invited to make a voluntary donation. Sessions are scheduled on the first Saturday in the month 10am – 12.30pm at Time Bank Plus, 86 High Street, Twerton, Bath BA2 1DE. 01225 442813. Also on the third Saturday in the month 10am – 12.30pm at New Oriel Hall, Brookleaze Buildings, Larkhall, Bath BA1 6RA. 01225 466606.

Borrowing items

  • Bath Borrow It lend out useful items needed for occasional use like tools, household and gardening equipment, and child and baby equipment. You need to register and there is no charge for the loan but they do ask you to make a small donation (£1 or 50p). Time Bank Plus, 86 High Street, Twerton, Bath BA2 1DE. Open Monday & Tuesday 10am – 4pm and Wednesday 10am – 7pm. 01225 442813.

Free computer access
Public access computers are available at all library branches in BANES for use free of charge. They can be used to access emails, software packages, social networking and entertainment. All libraries apart from Moorland Road and the mobile library also have free WiFi access.

  • Central Library at the Bath Podium provides free half-hour computer sessions without booking as well as pre-booked 2-hour sessions for library card holders. After 60 mins, another session can be booked. Open Monday –Thursday 9.30am – 6pm. Friday & Saturday 9.30am – 5pm & Sunday 1pm -4pm. 01225 394041

Skills exchange

  • Time Bank Plus offers help through exchanging time and services. 86 High Street, Twerton, Bath BA2 1DE. Open Monday – Wednesday 10am-4pm.  01225 442813. Email: timebankplus@googlemail.com