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Do your unwanted but useful items need new homes? Are you looking for something?
We help people give and get things for free in their local community. Some people have stuff they don't want any more. Other people would like things they don't have. We match them up. We don't have physical premises, or warehouses - people give things directly to each other.
Don't throw it away, give it away!
That's freegling! And it's all free.
You can also search or browse the items offered, or post a request for something that other people might have.
Freegle is run by volunteers. Here are some of us:
Our volunteers elect a Board. Here they are:
You can find out more about them here.
People have different reasons! Common reasons are:
We're always looking for more volunteers - for local communities, graphics, publicity, improving the website...there's lots to do.
If you'd like to get involved, contact your local community.
Freegle is free to use, but not free to run. We provide a free service, and keep costs phenomenally low thanks to our large number of committed volunteers - our annual budget averages just £40,000 each year.
Nevertheless, there are still costs involved, and if we had more money we could get more people freegling more often. We run on a shoestring...actually, we're saving up to buy a shoestring.
There are lots of good causes out there, many of them for life-threatening conditions, all of them competing for charity funding. It usually goes to bigger charities than us doing more important work, so we currently rely on voluntary donations to cover our costs. You can donate here.
Many current donations come from our volunteers, who are already donating their time and may not be able to donate money as well. If you can, please donate £5 to keep us running. If you can't afford that, then please don't donate - you need it more than we do! Regular monthly donations are especially helpful.
We also have ads on the site and in emails. It doesn't raise as much as you'd think, but it helps keep us running.
Freegle is a UK-wide umbrella organisation, formed in 2009 by experienced volunteers and members of the free reuse community. We are a charity, and our charitable aims are:
Each Freegle local group is run independently and is affiliated to Freegle Ltd, which provides central services (such as this website) to these groups and their volunteers. Freegle Ltd is an Industrial and Provident Society for Community Benefit. Freegle Ltd is owned and governed by its members. Local and national volunteers are eligible for membership.
Charities of this type are slightly unusual in that they do not register with the Charity Commission (see here). Instead they register with the Financial Conduct Authority (our registration number is 32410R) and also register with HMRC as charitable (our reference is XT32865). So we're legally a charity, but of a slightly different type than you might be used to.