IT is all too common for broken things to be cast aside, but no longer for the Big Fix is back.

Running throughout May, the Big Fix aims to breathe new life into as many broken things as possible.

The event, coordinated by Devon County Council (DCC), sees skilled menders fix broken items such as electrical equipment, garden equipment, clothing, jewellery and much more to give them a new lease of life.

Due to its huge success, The BIG FIX event is now a nationwide affair, with 60 cafés registered to take part in Devon.

The BIG FIX hopes to help people save money, not only by repairing old items but also passing on skills to fix their own items in the future.

Repair Cafés are increasing in popularity as people are becoming more budget and environmentally conscious.

They are organised and run by volunteers.

Last year, 83 Repair Cafés and 800 volunteers took part in the BIG FIX, mending 2,761 items.

Roger Croad, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Communities and Equality at DCC said: ‘Repair Cafés are wonderful places where communities can come together to share skills and have a catch-up, whilst helping their pockets and the planet at the same time.

‘This year we’re hoping to again increase the number of Repair Cafés taking part and items being fixed, whilst also recording why items are unable to be repaired.

‘All data will be shared with the Repair Cafés as well as help us to report on the impact of the event.’