Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device and help us to improve the user’s experience of the site.
You can find more information about cookies at: www.cookiepedia.co.uk.
the areas of the website you visit
the amount of time you spend on the site
whether you are new to the site, or have visited it before
the country, region, city and/or borough associated with your IP address or device
how you came to our website – for example, through an email link or a search engine
the type of device and browser you use
how you use the website and the quality of your experience
how you interact with our donation and sign-up forms – for example what you select as your communication preferences
any error messages that you receive on the site.
Types of cookies
We use mostly ‘first party cookies’. These are cookies served directly from our website to your computer and are often used to recognise your computer when it revisits our site and, in some cases, to remember your preferences as you browse the site.
Cookies may be either ‘session cookies’ or ‘persistent cookies’. Your computer automatically removes session cookies once you close your browser. Persistent cookies will survive on your computer until an expiry date specified in the cookie itself is reached.
Categories of cookies we use
We have assessed our cookies using the cookies classification described here. Most of our cookies fall into categories 1 (Strictly Necessary Cookies) and 2 (Performance Cookies). We do not have Targeting/Advertising Cookies on our site.
We may collect some, or all, of the information available from cookies when you visit our website, depending on how you use it. We monitor how people use our website, so we can improve it. We collect this information anonymously.
The ‘Help’ menu in the toolbar of most web browsers will tell you how to change your browser's cookie settings, including how to have the browser notify you when you receive a new cookie, and also how to disable cookies altogether.
Managing your cookies settings on our website
When you first visit our website, you will see our cookies banner at the bottom of the page. You can click on the button to Accept Cookies, or if you want to opt out of certain cookie categories, click on ‘Manage Cookie Settings.’ This will take you to a banner that allows you to de-activate cookie categories. Please note that the Strictly Necessary Cookies category cannot be de-activated as these cookies are needed for the website to function.
Website statistics analytics
Google has signed up to the US Privacy Shield standard for protection of data which has been declared adequate by the EU Commission. You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies here https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout/