Most Local talk threads belong in the Discussions topic. If there was a thread in your old Local you were particularly fond of, you should find it there.
We have moved things around a bit. If you're in a small town, try looking in the county site in new Local.
Write the terms of the offer in the talk thread. Include your business name, the main gist of the offer and an expiry date in the title of the thread. For example, Milly's cafe, Reading - 30% off lunches - until 31/1/13. A Mumsnet Local Discount thread costs £20 to post.
Pick the Can You Help? talk topic within Local. Write the terms of the request in the talk thread. Include your business name, the main gist of the request and an deadline date in the title of the thread. For example 'The Hertfordshire Evening News is seeking local Mum with twins - deadline 31/1/13'. A Media Request in Local costs £20 to post.
Pick the Campaigns talk topic within Local. Please do not add national campaigns here.
Pick the Childcare Wanted talk topic within Local. If you are offering childcare, please do not post here, please list your services in the Childcare & Education listings within your Local site.
Pick the Nanny Share talk topic within Local. Don't forget to write the full terms of the share including payments during holidays etc. If you are a childcare provider, please do not post here, please list your services in the Childcare & Education listings within your Local site.
Pick the Volunteering talk topic within Local. Those who want to volunteer can also start a thread.
Use the Friendship Bench for one-to-one meet-ups. This is the to find someone to hang out with in the local area. It's for new mums who would like to chat to a more experienced mum. It's for older women whose own families don't live by them and would like to offer some 'granny' type support. It's for mums and dads who just want to meet someone for a coffee and a chat, or for someone who just wants to find a local running partner. In short, It's for everyone looking for some support or company, and anyone who just wants to make a new friend.
If you do arrange to meet someone, make sure that you organise to meet in a public place to start with. Use Mumsnet's private messaging system rather than giving out emails and phone numbers until you are comfortable.
Do you need some advice on which shrubs to plant in your garden, or do you need help painting a room or with a dress pattern? What can you offer in return? Put the swap details in the thread title: 'I can knit - can you prune apple trees?'.
If you are looking for support for a particular problem, you can post here. If you run a support group, you can also post here.