Hehe, yes they are very helpful!
Our most successful partnerships have been those we established before we set up the group. Maybe because after that, things have been too busy to look at approaching new links, maybe because I approached all the best links before we got going. But just by sending a (not very regular) newsletter it has kept us in touch with various groups and we’ve recently acquired a new volunteer as a result.
Being part of a larger umberella organisation is also really useful as I mentioned before, to take the weight of paperwork and to share ideas.
I’m having to rush off now, thanks for the good discussion!