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Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy outlines the way in which The Furniture Makers’ Company use and disclose personal data that is provided to us. We collect information about individuals who may benefit from our financial support, our grantees, our champions, our supporters, our volunteers, our staff and trustees. The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers (Henceforth referred to as The Company) recognises that your privacy is very important, so it is equally as important to us that you are confident with the way we handle your personal information. We fully comply with the General Data Protection Regulations and the Privacy of Electronic Communications Regulations.

Personal Data
Personal data includes any data that relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. This may include an individual’s name, address, telephone numbers and/or email address, bank details, other financial, health and background information.
This may come from potential or actual beneficiaries, employees, champions, supporters, volunteers, trustees and donors.

How we collect personal data
The Company receives and stores personal information supplied to us in writing, via email, via the telephone, in person or online when applying, enquiring, or registering for help, employment, trusteeship, champion or volunteering opportunities or when attending events or donating money to the Company.

We may also receive personal information from third parties, for example, a welfare officer, charity, agency or organisation who refers you to our service.

Purpose of using personal data
The Company principally collects personal information to provide you with the services, products or information you have requested. Where we use your information, it may be because you have consented to us doing so. Some examples can be found below:

You have given your consent to use the information for a specified purpose (including membership administration, marketing emails, Grant administration and newsletters)
– For internal administration, analyses, impact measurement and service reviews
– For fundraising support, feedback surveys and sending newsletters
We have a legal obligation to use your information, for example to claim Gift Aid
We are using your information in pursuit of a legitimate interest, for example:
– To collect money that is owed to us
– To manage our relationship with members, supporters, volunteers and donors, forexample to invite people to events
Disclosure of Information
Your data is treated as strictly confidential and is only disclosed to parties who have a need to access it, to fulfil the charity’s objectives.

The Company may disclose personal data to other employees including the Charity Trustees. We do not permit these parties to use such information for any other purposes than to perform the service instructed by us.

We may also share personal data with suppliers, known as ‘data processors’, to process data on our behalf, for example to deliver goods or services to grant recipients.

We may also need to disclose your information if required to do so by law. For example, we are legally required to provide your data to HMRC if you have agreed to us claiming Gift Aid on your behalf.

By providing us with your personal data you consent to the collection and use of any information you provide in accordance with the above purposes. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Please contact us if you want to do so.

How long we keep your personal information
When the personal data is no longer needed it will be destroyed or permanently rendered anonymous. Examples might be that application process has been completed, volunteering, employment or trusteeship terminates. Personal data will not be kept longer than is necessary
for the purpose for which the data is processed in accordance with our record retention policy. Please see our full Data Protection Policy for details.

Storage and security of personal data
To prevent unauthorised access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the correct use of information, we have put in place appropriate physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect. Individuals have the right to request access to and rectification or deletion of their personal data or restrict processing at any point from when personal data is provided to us.

The Company will comply with all legal obligations including GDPR when we hold your data. If you have any reason why we should amend, delete or restrict use of your data, please contact us to discuss your concern.

What we do if we publicise your information
Where grant recipients have provided information about their experience of applying for a grant, by whatever means, we will explain what the information will be used for and whether it will be held anonymously or not/ or it will always be used anonymously unless you agree otherwise. For example, to write case studies which can be used in our communications including PR and media activity, digital and social media, campaigning, fundraising materials and internal communications, to help us raise awareness of our mission. We would never use your story without obtaining your consent first, we would always contact you to discuss the use of your story if we add further detail.

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We use cookies to help identify your computer so we can tailor your user experience and gather non-personal information about the use of our website.
You can disable any cookies already stored on your computer, but these may stop our website from functioning properly.
Information that we gather through the use of cookies is not personal and is not shared with any third-parties other than our website analytics software which is provided by Google Analytics.

Contact us
If you have any questions or comments about our privacy practices or this Privacy Statement
If you want to make use of any of the above rights, or other rights that you may have in relation to your personal data
If you wish to view our full Data Protection Policy
If you have other questions or requestsPlease contact us at You can also reach us at the following address: 12 Austin Friars, London, EC2N 2HE