Working with local partners 

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Working with organisations in your local area

Having close relationships with local organisations can make your community fridge even better. They can help in different ways, like sharing food, money, or time, or by spreading the word about your fridge. Below, we've listed just a few ways community fridge groups can find and work with local partners:

1. Community mapping

Think about who might be able to help. This could be businesses, charities, schools, community groups as well as local councils and other government bodies. You might also want to think about local leaders who are well-known and respected like councillors or members of parliament.

2. Reach out

Once you've got a list of potential partners, it's time to reach out to them. You can do this in person, by phone, or by email. Tell them about your plans for the community fridge and why/ how you think you can support each other. 

3. Work together

Working with partners should be a two-way street. This means you both should benefit from the partnership. When establishing any partnership, consider whether you might need any agreement documents (such as a memorandum of understanding). Make sure to keep in touch with your partners regularly, keeping them involved and up-to-date.

4. Appreciate your partners

Always thank your partners for their help. You might want to acknowledge them publicly, by tagging them on social media or mentioning them at a community event.

Remember, every partner is different. What works for one partner might not work for another. The most important thing is to keep your partners involved and make sure they feel valued.


This will depend on the organisation. A general rule of thump is that regular updates, perhaps monthly or quarterly, can keep most in the loop and maintain a healthy relationship.

Communication is key. Address any concerns and see if adjustments can be made. If not, it might be best to part ways amicably.

While not strictly required, having a partnership agreement is highly recommended. It brings clarity to roles, expectations, and contributions, offers a framework for resolving potential disputes, and provides a measure of legal protection. Essentially, it ensures both parties are on the same page and helps in maintaining a harmonious relationship. If you're unsure about crafting one, consider seeking legal advice or using a community partnership template.

Ready to get growing? 

You've done a brilliant job getting your fridge up and running. Now it's time to grow!