Group chats

We've grouped together some of the main questions we get about group chats on OLIO...

But first, check this overview..

Do I have to post a picture of my haul to the group after each collection?

No, OLIO’s Little Helper will automatically send a message to the group after you’ve done your collection. This message will include a link to your listings and replaces the need for posting a picture.

How will I get added to group chat?

Everyone who is collecting from a business will automatically be added to the group chat for that business. You will be automatically added/removed when you claim a slot or unassign.

Where can I see the business’ phone number?

We are working on having it displayed on the collection slot card on the Volunteer Hub. In the meantime, please search online or ask your fellow FWHs.

OLIO’s Little Helper says I posted ‘0 listings from my recent collection’. It’s not true, why does it say this?

There are several reasons why this could be the case: 1. you didn’t post any new listings on OLIO since your last collection, 2. you posted listings before your scheduled collection time, 3. you posted listings more than 10 hours after your scheduled collection time, 4. you re-listed an old listing. Please don’t do this. Please create a new listing or copy an old one, 5. you arranged cover but the person covering you didn’t claim your collection slot, 6. you didn’t select the business as ‘source’ when posting your listing.

Additionally, if you are collecting from Tesco, there could be 2 other reasons for such a message: 7. No confirmation message was sent by the store. Please do let us know if this happens more than 4 times, 8. The store did not share any food.

What should I do if the OLIO app is down and I can't access my messages?

In the event of system downtime we will communicate recommended actions to you via our Facebook Group. Our recommendations will depend on how quickly we think we can fix the problem.

Why can’t I send pictures?

OLIO group chat automatically links out to your listings which each have a picture. You don’t need to manually send pictures of your food collection to the group anymore.

What is the Squad Captain’s role?

The Squad Captain overlooks the surplus food collections. They are your first point of contact for any questions. If needed, they can escalate any issues to OLIO.

Where can I see the collection rota and details for my collection?

You can see all details in relation to your collection on the Volunteer Hub under ‘ My Collections’ -> ‘More Info’

Do I need to reply to the OLH message to confirm I am collecting?

Yes please. Simply reply ‘I’m ready’ to the group so the Squad Captain knows you’re ready for your upcoming collection.

Why are you sharing how many listings I have posted?

To avoid you having to manually send pictures of your haul after each collection, for transparency and to make it easier for your fellow FWHs to see how much there was to collect.

What happens if there was nothing to collect?

OLIO’s Little Helper will inform the group that you’ve ‘posted 0 listings from their recent collection’. Please tell your fellow FWHs why! If you receive a survey from OLIO's Little Helper asking what happened then please let us know the reason there too! 

How can I leave the group?

To leave the group, you will have to unassign yourself from your collection slot with the business. You will be removed from the group automatically and OLIO’s Little Helper will inform your fellow FWHs that you are leaving the squad.

How do I step down from collecting?

Please head to the Volunteer Hub and navigate to ‘ My Collections’ Please choose the slot you want to pause and tap ‘more info’. Scroll down and tap ‘Unassign’. Please choose when you’d like to stop collections and confirm your choice. Please note you need to do this for every slot, if you have more than 1 collection slot at either the same or a different business.

How do I turn off notifications for group chat messages?

You cannot currently turn off notifications for group chats.

How can I contact OLIO about my squad?

Report an issue about your collection via our reporting form.

Where can I see who’s part of the squad?

Within your squad’s group chat on the OLIO app, please tap ‘group chat info’. This shows a list of participants.

I blocked someone so why are they are in my group?

Blocking another user will not stop them messaging in a group chat in which you are active. If this is an issue for you please swap your collection slot or get in touch with us using the Issue Form.

How do you calculate statistics?
We calculate the statistics for Food Waste Heroes by calculating what % of listings, that were created by the members of the Food Waste Hero squad during the period Sunday 9am and Sunday 8.59am prior the message being sent, were marked as 'pick-up arranged' in the OLIO app.
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