Wintercomfort are extremely proud to be a local charity making a difference on a local issue in Cambridge. We value our local, regional, national and supporters immensely. We have developed this policy with our highly valued supporters in mind. Please do contact us with any questions you might have on: email@example.com
We are committed to treating you with respect and openness as outlined in our Supporter Promise.
1. Who we are
At Wintercomfort for the homeless we are committed to protecting your personal information and making every effort to ensure that your personal information is processed in a fair, open and transparent manner.
We are a "data controller" for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 1998 and (from 25 May 2018) the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 ("Data Protection Law"). This means that we are responsible for, and control the processing of, your personal information.
For further information about our privacy practices, please contact our Director as our registered data handler by:
- Writing to The Director, Wintercomfort for the homeless, Overstream House, Cambridge, CB4 1EG
- Calling us on 01223 518 140
- Emailing to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. How we collect information about you
Everything we do, we do to ensure that we can help individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in Cambridge receive the support they need. We want to make sure you receive the communications that are most relevant to you, be it through visiting our website or receiving emails, post or phone calls. We want to make sure you receive the best attention when you make a donation or make contact with us what ever your intentions.
We collect information from you in the following ways:
When you interact with us directly: This could be if you ask us about our activities, make a donation to us, ask a question about homelessness locally or purchase one of our services, apply for a job or volunteering opportunity or otherwise provide us with your personal information. This includes when you phone us, visit our website, or get in touch through the post, or in person.
When you interact with us through third parties: This could be if you provide a donation through a third party and provide your consent for your personal information to be shared with us.
When you visit our website: We gather general information which might include which pages you visit most often and which services, events or information is of most interest to you. We may also track which pages you visit when you click on links in emails from us. We also use "cookies" to help our site run effectively. There are more details below – see 'Cookies'.
We use this information to personalise the way our website is presented when you visit to make improvements and to ensure we provide the best service and experience for you. Wherever possible we use anonymous information which does not identify individual visitors to our website.
3. Information we collect and why we use it
Personal information we collect includes details such as your name, date of birth, email address, postal address, telephone number and credit/debit card details, if you’re making a donation, as well as information you provide in any communications between us. You will have given us this information whilst making a donation, placing an order on our website or any of the other ways to interact with us.
We will mainly use this information:
- To process your donations or other payments, to claim Gift Aid on your donations and verify any financial transactions.
- To provide the services or goods that you have requested.
- To update you with important administrative messages about your donation, an event or services or goods you have requested.
- To comply with the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and follow the recommendations of the official regulator of charities, the Charity Commission, which require us to identify and verify the identity of supporters who make major gifts so we can assess any risks associated with accepting their donations.
- To keep a record of your relationship with us.
- Where you volunteer with us, to administer the volunteering arrangement.
If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to process your donation, sign you up for a particular event or provide goods and services you have requested.
We may also use your personal information:
- To contact you about our work and how you can support Wintercomfort for the homeless (see section 8 on 'Marketing' below for further information).
- To invite you to participate in surveys or research.
Sensitive Personal Information
You can of course decide if you want to remain anonymous, if you are happy to share your personal details with staff members or if you would like us to share your story with the media or other parties as part of our work telling people’s personal stories about homelessness (for example, on the website news section).
A note about the Sensitive Personal Information we hold
Data Protection Law recognises that some categories of personal information are more sensitive. Sensitive personal information can include information about a person’s health, gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin.
We will only use this information:
- For the purposes of dealing with your enquiry and quality monitoring or evaluating the services we provide.
- We will not pass on your details to anyone else without your express permission except in exceptional circumstances such as a legal obligation. Examples of this might include anyone reporting serious self-harm and sharing serious issues such as physical abuse or exploitation.
- Where you have given us your express consent or otherwise clearly indicated to us, through the process of giving consent to support an aspect of our work.
4. Profiling: making our work more unique to you
We want to improve how we talk to you and the information we provide through our website, services, products and information. To do this we sometimes use profiling methods so that we can better understand our supporters, your preferences and needs, to provide a better experience for you.
We may carry out targeted fundraising activities using profiling techniques based on the information that we hold about you.
This information can be appended to the information that you have provided which allows us to use our resources more effectively by better understanding the background of our supporters and making appropriate requests based on the data that we hold about you.
You can of course opt out of this activity at any time. To do this, email ‘email@example.com’ with the subject line ‘Please stop analysis of my data’ or by contacting our office team at Wintercomfort for the homeless, Overstream House, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge, CB4 or by phone on 01223 518 140.
5. Legal basis for using your information
In some cases, we will use your personal information where we have your consent or because we need to use it in order to fulfil a contract with you (for example, because you have made a donation).
However, there are other lawful reasons that allow us to process your personal information and one of those is called 'legitimate interests'. This means the reason we are processing information is because there is a legitimate interest for Wintercomfort to process your information to help us to achieve our vision of ensuring that everyone experiencing homelessness related issues gets both support and respect.
Whenever we process your personal information under the ‘legitimate interest' lawful basis we make sure that we take into account your rights and interests and will not process your personal information if we feel that there is an imbalance.
Some examples of where we have a legitimate interest to process your personal information are where we contact you about our work via post, use your personal information for data analytics, conducting research to better understand who our supporters are, improving our services, for our legal purposes (for example, dealing with complaints and claims), or for complying with guidance from the Charity Commission.
We will only contact you about our work and how you can support Wintercomfort for the homeless by phone, email or text message, if you have agreed for us to contact you in this manner.
However, if you have provided us with your postal address we may send you information about our work and how you can support Wintercomfort for the homeless by mail unless you have told us that you would prefer not to hear from us in that way.
You can update your choices or stop us sending you these communications at any time by contacting ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ or clicking the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the relevant communication.
7. Sharing your Information
The personal information we collect about you will mainly be used by our staff (and volunteers) at Wintercomfort for the homeless so that they can communicate with you.
We will never sell or share your personal information with organisations so that they can contact you for any marketing activities. Nor do we sell any information about your web browsing activity.
Wintercomfort for the homeless may however share your information with our trusted partners and suppliers who work with us or on our behalf to deliver our services, but processing of this information is always carried out under our instruction. We make sure that they store the data securely, delete it when they no longer need it and never use it for any other purposes. Some examples of where we may share your information are with our fulfilment partners who help to create and send information to you, with our partners who help us to process donations and claim Gift Aid and our partners who help us to manage our social media accounts.
We enter into contracts with these service providers that require them to comply with Data Protection Laws and ensure that they have appropriate controls in place to secure your information.
We may disclose your information if required to do so by law (for example, to comply with applicable laws, regulations and codes of practice or in response to a valid request from a competent authority); or, to enforce our conditions of sale and other agreements.
8. Keeping your information safe
We take looking after your information very seriously. We've implemented appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to protect the personal information we have under our control, both on and off-line, from improper access, use, alteration, destruction and loss.
Unfortunately the transmission of information using the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information sent to us this way, we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to our site.
Our websites may contain links to other sites. While we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites. Please be aware that advertisers or Web sites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those websites or advertisers.
Any debit or credit card details which we receive on our website are passed securely through our donation platform package, our payment processing partner selected specially because of their robust data protection practices, conforming to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards.
9. How long we hold your information for
We only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary for the relevant activity, which may be to fulfil statutory obligations (for example, the collection of Gift Aid).
10. Your rights
You have various rights in respect of the personal information we hold about you – these are set out in more detail below. If you wish to exercise any of these rights or make a complaint, you can do so by contacting our Director at Wintercomfort for the homeless; Overstream House, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge, CB4 1EG by email at ‘email@example.com’ and by phone on 01223 518 140. You can also make a complaint to the data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner's Office through their website here: https://ico.org.uk/
- Access to your personal information: You have the right to request access to a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, along with information on what personal information we use, why we use it, who we share it with, how long we keep it for and whether it has been used for any automated decision making. You can make a request for access free of charge. Please make all requests for access in writing, and provide us with evidence of your identity.
- Right to object: You can object to our processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. Please contact us as noted above, providing details of your objection.
- Consent: If you have given us your consent to use personal information (for example, for marketing), you can withdraw your consent at any time.
- Rectification: You can ask us to change or complete any inaccurate or incomplete personal information held about you.
- Erasure: You can ask us to delete your personal information where it is no longer necessary for us to use it, you have withdrawn consent, or where we have no lawful basis for keeping it.
- Portability: You can ask us to provide you or a third party with some of the personal information that we hold about you in a structured, commonly used, electronic form, so it can be easily transferred.
- Restriction: You can ask us to restrict the personal information we use about you where you have asked for it to be erased or where you have objected to our use of it.
- No automated-decision making: Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention. You have the right not to be subject to automated decisions that will create legal effects or have a similar significant impact on you, unless you have given us your consent, it is necessary for a contract between you and us or is otherwise permitted by law. You also have certain rights to challenge decisions made about you. We do not currently carry out any automated decision-making.
Please note, some of these rights only apply in certain circumstances and we may not be able to fulfil every request.
'Cookie' is a name for a small file, usually of letters and numbers, which is downloaded onto your device, like your computer, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website.
They let websites recognise your device, so that the sites can work more effectively, and also gather information about how you use the site. A cookie, by itself, can't be used to identify you.
The cookies we use
We use the categorisation set out by the International Chamber of Commerce in their UK Cookie Guide. (https://www.cookielaw.org/media/1096/icc_uk_cookiesguide_revnov.pdf)
We use all four categories of cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies are essential for you to move around our website and to use its features.
- Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how you use our site, like which pages are visited most.
- Functionality cookies collect anonymous information that remember choices you make to improve your experience, like your text size or location. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog.
- Targeting or advertising cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. As such if you visit the Wintercomfort for the homeless website you may then be more likely to see adverts about Wintercomfort for the homeless’s work on other websites as your browsing suggests that this is an area of interest.
No cookies, please
But, if you choose to refuse all cookies, our website may not function for you as we would like it to.
Your communications with our teams (including by telephone or email) may be monitored and/or recorded for training, quality control and compliance purposes to ensure that we continuously improve our customer service standards.
To find out more about this policy and how we look after your personal information, contact our Director using: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01223 518 140.
Our Supporter Promise
We are Wintercomfort for the homeless. And we only exist because of the amazing support of people like you.
We want you to know that we really value your support, whether that’s through taking action, giving up your time, fundraising on our behalf, making a gift in your will, or donating. We are committed to treating you with respect and openness, so this is our promise to you:
Our communications with you
- We hope you’ll want to hear more about our work. We’ll always be clear with you about how we'll communicate with you.
- If you tell us you’d rather not be contacted, or you’d rather we didn’t contact you in a certain way, we’ll act on your wishes.
- You can change your Wintercomfort for the homeless about what you receive from us at any time by contacting us at Wintercomfort for the homeless; Overstream House, Victoria Avenue, Cambridge, CB4 1EG
- Or email at ‘email@example.com’ Or by phone on 01223 518 140
- Fundraising is really important to us and we are proud of what it helps achieve. We will constantly review our fundraising practices to make sure they are fair, sensitive and appropriate.
- We will aim to work above and beyond the standards set out by regulatory bodies.
About your donation or the money you’ve raised
- Your donation will be used responsibly to help people experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness get support. We will keep administration costs to a minimum without jeopardising the quality of Wintercomfort for the homeless’ work, so as much of your donation as possible will be spent directly on our life-changing work.
- We’ll answer any questions you have about how your donation is spent and clear financial information will be made available on request.
- We might turn down a donation if we feel that accepting it would damage our independence or reputation. If we do, we’ll explain why.
Our use of your personal details
- We use carefully selected suppliers to help us deliver our communications and services and we will keep any personal information safe, only using your details to contact you in the ways you’ve agreed to.
- We will always respect your right to privacy and adhere to laws around the use of data.
- When necessary, we may share data with our own carefully regulated and monitored external suppliers, for processing purposes. We will ensure their use of the data is in line with our own data protection policies and not kept or used by them for any other purposes.
Suppliers we work with
- Sometimes we work with external suppliers to contact you, simply because our team isn’t big enough.
- We will only work with professional organisations that meet our high standards.
- We’ll train, monitor and regulate our external suppliers to meet our standards. We will act quickly if they do not meet the high standards we set
Our accountability to you
- You can contact us with feedback or to make a complaint if you are unhappy with anything we have done while communicating with you.
- We will respond honestly and promptly to your questions and complaints.
Wintercomfort for the homeless
01223 518 140