Privacy Policy

This document is the current Privacy Policy of the Victoria Wood Foundation, last updated 14 September 2022.

At The Victoria Wood Foundation, we respect your privacy and are committed to protecting your personal data. In this policy, we explain how we collect and use your personal information when you visit our website, use our services or otherwise contact us.

Please note that links from our website may take you to external websites which are not operated by us or covered by this policy. We recommend that you check their privacy policies before submitting any personal information to other sites.

About Us

We are The Victoria Wood Foundation (registered charity number 1170494) and we’re based at Plumpton House, Bents Drive, Sheffield, S11 9RN.

We are the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which means that we decide how and why we use your personal data within our business.

If you have any questions about your privacy on our website, or our use of your personal data, please contact us.

What personal information do we collect, and how do we use it?

You are not required (by law or by any contract with us) to provide personal information to us via our website. We will only require you to provide personal information to us where it is necessary for us to provide you with a service at your request.

Providing our Services

We will collect personal information about you if you enquire about services that we offer or make a funding application. This may include:

  • Information to identify you, such as your full name, date of birth, age, gender and occupation and employer, where relevant
  • Contact information, such as your postal address, email address and telephone number
  • Additional information relevant to your use of our site and services, such as your marketing preferences, survey responses and feedback

We have a legitimate interest in efficiently and effectively managing and operating our business, and improving the services that we offer, to give you the best user experience that we can. As a user of our website, we sometimes need to use your personal information to do this. We also need to use this information to perform our obligations when we enter into contracts with you. We will use your information so that we can:

  • Provide you with information about our services
  • Consider your grant application
  • Verify your identity
  • Deal with any complaints you may have
  • Administer funding payments
  • Contact you about any changes that we make to our services
  • Improve the services that we offer, including the performance of our systems, processes and our people
  • Administer our website, including troubleshooting problems, analysing statistics, conducting research and tests and keeping the site secure

Information we collect on our website

We use a single necessary, persistent cookie which expires automatically after 1 month, and which is required for the operation of our site.  This can streamline your online experience by saving you from re-inputting some information and also allow us to make improvements to our website.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer, provided you accept them. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer’s hard drive.

Please note that third parties (including, for example, advertising networks and providers of external services like web traffic analysis services) may also use non-functional cookies. These cookies are likely to be analytical/performance cookies or targeting cookies.

You can block all the non-necessary cookies used by this site by clicking the Reject All button on the privacy banner which appears at the base of the page whenever you visit the site.

Alternatively, for more fine-grained control over which cookies are used by the site, click the Cookie Settings button on the privacy banner and make your choices on the pop-up window accordingly.

To accept all cookies used by this site, click the Accept All button on the privacy banner.

Please note that we also use a number of necessary cookies which are used to store and manage the choice(s) you make on the privacy banner, and that you can change them at any time by clicking the floating Manage Consent button which appears on all pages of the site.

You can also block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies), you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.

After you have completed your visit to our web site, you may, if you wish, also remove any cookies that the site has stored on your device by using your browser settings to remove them.  This setting is referred to differently depending upon the browser that you use, but it is usually found under the general heading of Privacy/Security and often referred to as ‘browsing data’ (e.g. Chrome, Edge) or ‘Cookies and Site data or history (e.g. Firefox).

When you visit our website, we may collect the following information:

  • Which pages you view and which links you follow
  • Your IP address and general location
  • Details of the hardware and software that you are using to access the site
  • Any passwords that you use on our website
  • If you choose to log in using a third party, we will record your login provider
  • A device identifier (cookie or IP address) for fraud prevention
  • Details of your visits to our website and the resources that you access, including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, web logs and other communication data

Our website is not intended for children and we do not knowingly collect data relating to children.

Keeping in touch

We need to use your personal information whenever you contact us, whether via the website, email, phone or post, including if you tag us in any posts or otherwise engage with us on social media. We also need to use your information to let you know about any important changes to our business or policies (including this privacy policy). We have a legitimate interest to use your information in this way and, in some cases, this may be necessary for our performance of a contract with you or to comply with our legal obligations.

Information we receive about you from other sources

Sometimes you will have given your consent for other websites, services or third parties to provide information to us.

This could include information we receive about you if you use any of the other websites that we operate or the other services that we provide, in which case we will have informed you when we collected that data if we intend to share those data internally and combine it with data collected on this website. We will also have told you for what purpose we will share and combine your data.

It could also include information from third parties that we work with to provide our services, such as technical support companies and advertising companies. Whenever we receive information about you from other third parties, we will let you know what information we have received and how and why we intend to use it.

How else might we use your personal data?

In some cases, we may collect personal information about you from other sources. This may include:

  • Publicly available information from sources such as Companies House and the Electoral Roll
  • Information you have shared publicly, including on social media
  • Information from third party databases, such as credit reference agencies

We may use your information where it is necessary for us to do so in order to meet our legal obligations or to detect and prevent fraud, money-laundering and other crimes. We may also use your information where it is necessary to protect your interests, or the interests of others, or in accordance with our legal obligations. This may include in the event of criminality such as identity theft, piracy or fraud.

We will only use your personal information for the purposes we collected it for (as explained in this policy) unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose.

Who do we share your personal information with?

We share the information that you provide to us with our staff so that we can manage our business and provide our services to you. We may also share your information with selected third parties, such as:

  • Our web hosting provider, Hosting UK, to host the website and related services and applications
  • Our cloud-based back-up systems provider and other IT support specialists
  • Payment service providers, for making payments
  • Contact management systems to send emails, instant messages, social media messages and SMS messages
  • Our trusted professional advisers such as lawyers and accountants, where appropriate

We may disclose your information to other third parties where we believe that the disclosure is:

  • Required by the law, or in order to comply with judicial proceedings, court orders or legal or regulatory proceedings
  • Necessary to protect the safety of our employees, our property or the public
  • Necessary for the prevention or detection of crime, including exchanging information with other companies or organisations for the purposes of fraud protection and credit risk reduction
  • Proportionate as part of a merger, business or asset sale (in the event that this happens we may share your information with the prospective seller or buyer involved)
How long do we keep your personal information?

We will only store your personal information for as long as we need it for the purposes it was collected for. For example, payment information will only be held for as long as necessary to process the transaction. Where we provide you with any service, we need to retain the information we hold about you for at least as long as we continue to provide that service to you.

If you are a funding applicant, we may retain the information we hold about you, including your contact details, for a period of 6 years from our most recent engagement with you.

If you are a user of our website or we have otherwise been in contact with you, we may retain the information we hold about you for a period of up to 1 year.

Thereafter, and in all other circumstances, we will only keep your information for as long as is strictly necessary to allow us to achieve the original purpose for which that information was collected.

Protecting your personal information

We put in place appropriate security measures to keep your personal data secure and to prevent unauthorised access.

Information that you provide via our website is stored on secure servers in the UK. We try to ensure that all information you provide to us via the website is transferred securely – always check for the padlock symbol in your browser and “https” in the URL before submitting information. However, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure and, although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our website.

What rights do you have?

You have a number of rights in respect of your personal data. If you would like any further information or to exercise any of your rights, please contact us. In most cases, we will not charge you any fee if you wish to exercise any of these rights.

The right to be informed

We have a legal obligation to provide you with concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible information about your personal information and our use of it. We have written this policy to comply with this right, but please contact us if you require further information.

The right to access your personal data

You have the right to ask us to confirm whether or not we hold any of your personal data. If we do, you have the right to access a copy of your data, as well as information about how, and why, we use it. In order to prevent your data being disclosed to someone who is not authorised to access it, we may have to verify your identity before we provide you with a copy of the data that we hold.

The first copy of your information that you request from us will be provided free of charge, if you require further copies we may charge an administrative fee to cover our costs. Please contact us if you wish to request access to our data.

The right to correct any inaccurate or incomplete personal data

If the information that we hold about you is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to require us to correct that data (or complete it by supplementing it with other information).

The right to be forgotten

You have the right to require us to delete or destroy your personal data in the following circumstances:

  • The information is no longer needed for the purposes we collected it for
  • Where we rely on your consent, and you withdraw that consent
  • You object to us using your information for marketing purposes, or for our legitimate interests, and we have no overriding reason to keep using it
  • We have used your information unlawfully
  • We are required by law to delete your information

If these situations apply, you may contact us to request that we erase your data from our systems.

The right to have your data transferred to you or a third party in a common format

Where your personal data is processed by automated means, you may have the right to obtain a copy of your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and to ask us to transfer this data to another organisation in a safe and secure way.

You have the right to object to direct marketing

Whilst we do not use direct marketing services at any time, you have the right to object to your information being used for direct marketing purposes.

The right to object to us using your information for our own legitimate interests

Sometimes, we use your personal information to achieve goals that will help our business – these are our legitimate interests, and they are explained in more detail in this policy.

We aim to always ensure that your rights and information are properly protected. If you believe that the way we are using your data is not justified due to its impact on you or your rights, you have the right to object to our use of your data in these ways. If you do object to this, unless we have a compelling reason to continue we will stop using your personal data for these purposes.

You have the right to restrict how we use your personal data

You have the right to ask us to stop using your personal data in any way other than simply keeping a copy of it. This right is available where:

  • You have informed us that the information we hold about you is inaccurate, and we have not yet been able to verify or update this
  • You have objected to us using your information for our own legitimate interests and we are in the process of considering your objection
  • We have used your information unlawfully, but you do not want us to delete it
  • We no longer need to use the information, but you need it for a legal claim
Changes to our Privacy Policy

Any changes we make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by email. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy policy.


If you wish to make a complaint about our collection or use of your personal data, please contact us in the first instance so that we may seek to resolve your complaint.

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the statutory body which oversees data protection law in the UK. Please visit the ICO website if you wish to lodge a complaint with the ICO. If you are based in another European Union member state, you may instead lodge a complaint with the supervisory authority in your country.

Contact Us

If you wish to speak to us regarding your privacy, or our use of your personal data, please contact us using the following details:

Post:                The Victoria Wood Foundation, Plumpton House, Bents Drive, Sheffield, S11 9RN