Freegle

About Us

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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!

It's simple.

  • Post a message offering an item.
  • Other people see it and reply to you
  • Choose who to give it to and they collect.
  • You've decluttered, made someone's day and saved an item from landfill.

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.

We Love Volunteers!

Freegle is run by volunteers. Here are some of us:

  • Abhishek Patel
  • Adam
  • Adejoke
  • Alan King
  • Ali Hopkins
  • Alison
  • alison4938
  • Amanda Cheshire
  • Amy
  • andrewmt
  • Andy Fraser
  • Andy Triggs
  • Angela Stephens
  • Angie70
  • Ann Brewster
  • Anna
  • Anne M
  • ANTHONY BERROW
  • anthony.berrow
  • Anya Freegle
  • atkinson19c
  • awwestwood
  • Babs
  • Barbara
  • Bath Freegle group owner
  • Bernadette Kean
  • Bernhard Hofmann
  • biffvernon
  • Brenda
  • Bromley-Freegle-owner
  • bruscar
  • bruscarh
  • Bunny Holland
  • caboya
  • Caerphilly Freegle
  • Carol
  • Carol Lilly
  • Cat Fletcher
  • Cathy Moderator
  • cathy rahmanzadeh
  • Celeste P
  • celfreegle
  • Chris Cant
  • chris fellowes
  • Chris Kilvington
  • Christian Wilmslow/Congelton moderator
  • Christopher Nicholas Lee
  • cllr.haynes
  • Cooky Smythe
  • Craig
  • Daniel
  • davefishersmith
  • David
  • David E BT
  • David Morison
  • david parry
  • Dean Montier
  • Debbie
  • Dee
  • Denise
  • Denise Tupman
  • denise582148
  • Diz
  • dorothy quinn
  • Duncan Baker
  • Edward Hibbert
  • Eileen Cooper
  • Eliese Finnigan
  • emacrie
  • Esther Reeves
  • F :)
  • FionaFreegleMod
  • Flo
  • Francis A
  • freecyclem0derator
  • freeglehoniton
  • Gary Lowe
  • geoffgreaves
  • George Row
  • glendaruel
  • Graham Clarkson
  • greavsie72
  • Greg Choules
  • gtcm42
  • Gwen
  • harineeva
  • Heather
  • Hilary Jones
  • Ian Elsdon
  • Ian Hepworth
  • Ian King
  • IVAN
  • ivanalison
  • Jacky
  • James Heafey
  • James Robertson
  • janet.croxon
  • Jasmine Derbyshire
  • Jean
  • jean
  • Jeff Hickmott
  • Jen
  • Jeni
  • Jill Poole
  • jimcarter1967
  • John
  • John Carroll
  • John Dingley
  • JohnFreegle-Mod
  • Jon (Tewkesbury Freegle Owner)
  • joyb4elaine
  • Judith-Ann
  • Julie
  • Julie
  • julie Hunter
  • june_redford
  • Justin09
  • K THOMPSON
  • Karl Leofrsson
  • Kathy
  • Katrina Bowlin-MacKenzie
  • Katy
  • Ken Matthews
  • Kim
  • kindmrslovely
  • Kylie
  • Leon
  • Lilarwen Morgan
  • Linz McCann
  • Lisa Godfrey
  • Lisa Wright
  • little_web_wizard
  • Liz
  • Liz
  • Liz Mills
  • Liz S
  • Lori J
  • Louisa
  • Louise
  • Lynne Brooks
  • margaretarrol
  • Marilyn Feltham
  • Mark Connor
  • Mark McCall
  • Martin Tatem
  • Maureen Campbell
  • May, Stirling Freegle Volunteer
  • Mervyn
  • Michael H
  • michael30berridge
  • mike
  • Mike Jury
  • Mike Paterson
  • Mo Chivers
  • Monkeyboy
  • Mrs Reecycle
  • msimtstbt
  • musicalmemoriesuk
  • Naomi
  • Natasha T
  • Natibb
  • Neil
  • Neil Woolford
  • Neville Reid
  • newquay_moderator
  • Nick
  • Nick Franklin
  • Nicky Haywood
  • nigelh64
  • nivak33
  • northsomersetrecycle
  • oakleafcircle
  • Ollie Clark
  • oxbionet
  • Paul,  Stirling Freegle Volunteer
  • paula
  • PAULINE DAVISON
  • peter
  • peter cox
  • Peter Morris
  • PhAnMaLe
  • PJ
  • poolsfreegle
  • puffernutteruk
  • Rachel Moore
  • Rachel Simons
  • Rachel Taylor
  • Ralph Nethercoat
  • Ray
  • REBECCA STRATFORD-TORRES
  • rhayes256
  • Rich Masters
  • Richard Jenkin
  • Rob
  • Robert Maskill
  • Robert Mason
  • Roger
  • Ruth Raymer
  • Ruth Willmore
  • Saira
  • Sally Watson
  • Samuel
  • Sara Andrew
  • Sarah Benson
  • Sarah Jane
  • scarb_moto
  • sharron irwin
  • Sheetal
  • Sheila
  • simon cansdale
  • Simon Edlington
  • simonw910
  • sixmum
  • slbhill
  • smiffy102
  • smthchri
  • Steve
  • Stuart
  • Stuart Lines
  • Sue Jones
  • sue moon
  • susansuja
  • TC
  • Tim
  • toelesspobble
  • Tony
  • Tony Moss
  • Tony.greenhalgh
  • Trevor Austin
  • Trevor Oxborrow
  • Trish Young
  • twadeley
  • Two Crofters
  • Victoria lifford
  • Wayne
  • Wendy B
  • Wendy Quinn
  • Wez Holly
  • wilmslowfreeglemod
  • WL
  • Woody
  • yvonneturner101
  • Zane Godden
  • Zoe Godden

Our Board

Our volunteers elect a Board. Here they are:

  • Andrew Trusty
  • Andy Ludlow
  • Cat Fletcher
  • Christian Brenninkmeijer
  • David Greenfield
  • Dee Moss
  • Edward Hibbert
  • Jo Fisher
  • Sheila Little

You can find out more about them here.

Why We Do It

People have different reasons! Common reasons are:

  • Many of us are passionate about the environment - and reuse means we make and destroy less stuff.
  • We like helping people get things they need, which they otherwise couldn't get.
  • We care about our local communities, and this is a way to make them better.

Get Involved!

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. Please think about whether you could help - even if it's just £1. 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:

  • Promoting the keeping of usable items out of landfill.
  • Promoting and supporting local community groups working in the area of reuse.
  • Empowering and supporting volunteers working for local Freegle groups.
  • Informing and educating the public about environmental matters related to the reuse and recycling of unwanted usable goods.
  • Promoting sustainable waste management practices.

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.

If you have questions, please contact us.