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Revision as of 16:48, 26 August 2021

This page summarises our agreed Best Practice for running a Freegle group. Each point has a link to further information on Best Practice Notes.

Summary

Freegle promotes reuse. We need to make sure that using Freegle Groups is as quick, easy and enjoyable as possible for us and our members. Further explanation about each of these points can be found at Best Practice Notes

The Freegle Volunteer Agreement outlines expectations of Freegle and Volunteers. The intent of this is to support Freegle and group members, and to safeguard our reputation. All the advice below is within the context of the Basic Requirements of a Freegle Group#Local Rules.


Emergency arrangements

To safeguard your community and give you peace of mind, have back up arrangements in place.

  • Make sure all of your Volunteer Team know they can contact Mentors to get some help - email [mentors@ilovefreegle.org](mailto:mentors@ilovefreegle.org)
  • Exchange contact information with your chosen other volunteers locally and/or nationally in case of crisis.

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First impressions

Home pages (Freegle website, Facebook etc.) should be welcoming and quick and easy to read. All website homepages should have a logo or local picture, tagline, welcoming message and, optionally, local rules. To do this, go to Settings in Modtools.

More Info

New Freeglers need an easy start

  • Ensure all posts, especially first posts, are dealt with swiftly and sympathetically.
  • Don’t overwhelm members with lots of admin emails.

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Quick posting

Ideally, moderation of messages needs to be at least every few hours. Put members who post correctly on Group Settings (unmoderated).
More info

Simple and minimal rules

Keep rules short and to the point. Apply them fairly, always politely, and with flexibility where appropriate. Your group rules are for your group only, it’s not acceptable to try to enforce your rules on other groups, such as asking your member to leave another group.
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‘Wanted’ posts are a good thing

Equally accept requests or offers as first and subsequent posts from members. Our primary purpose is to keep things in use, so members who reuse those items are essential for Freegle. Requests should be encouraged, with no restrictions on numbers of wanted posts or numbers of items requested.
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Avoid rejecting messages

Members have made the effort to post a message, so unless it contravenes core rules (free and legal), try not to reject it. Editing a message and, if needed, sending a friendly personal message to the member to explain the rules, whilst promoting Freegle Direct (if available) as an easy way to compose messages will be more effective in the long run.
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Impression of you and Freegle

We are providing a service which is helping your members get in touch with one another to keep stuff out of the waste stream, so let’s be good hosts.
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Member problems

Handling problems and complaints from members is tricky. Finding the balance between running the group how you would like it to be run and how members would like you to run the group is not always easy but is important to do well.
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Don’t lose potential Freeglers

Make it quick and easy for new members to join Freegle and start freegling. And make all members feel welcome into your community.
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Use tools to make it easier to run or use your Group

Take up some or all of the helpful tools and services that Freegle makes available for your members and you.
More info

Ask for help

You are not alone. All Freegle volunteers are in this together, we have a shared mission, so take advantage of others’ experience and advice.
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Publicise your group

The more people who know about your group, the better service it will offer your community. Make use of national publicity tools to spread the word and get more members.
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Support Freegle

Freegle is run collectively by all of us, so make sure that you are involved and informed about Freegle nationally.
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Get to know other Freegle Mods

Chatting to other Freegle volunteers can help put a 'face' to people and to establish better rapport for good and bad times.
More info




Note: The guidelines on Best Practice Notes were last formally discussed and amended on Development Group in 2015/2016. This summary was discussed and added in July/August 2017. Splitting the whole document into two pages was done as part of the whole wiki review in light of ditching Yahoo.

Link: Running Your Group