Privacy Policy

 Verwood u3a 

Verwood u3a: Charity No: 1183746

This privacy policy sets out how Verwood u3a (“we”, “us”, “our”) uses and protects any information that you give Verwood u3a when you use this website or contact us for membership or any other form of enquiry via the email, helpline or social media. Verwood u3a is a charity registered with charity number 1183746 with the contact email address  en*****@ve********.uk and, for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), is the data controller.

Verwood u3a is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This policy sets out the basis on which we will process any personal data or usage information we collect from you, or that you provide to us, in connection with your use of this website (the “Website”). Please read this policy carefully so that you understand your rights in relation to your personal data, and how we will collect, use and process your personal data. If you do not agree with this Privacy Policy in general or any part of it, you should not access the Website.

If we make any material changes to this privacy policy, we will post the updated privacy policy here and notify our users. You should check this policy frequently to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy was last updated on 15th July 2023.

What we collect

You provide information by contacting us via our Website, via email, by phone, by joining one of our Verwood u3a groups, or by attending one of our events. Depending on how you provide your information, we will collect some or all of the following information when you contact us or attend one of our events:

  • • your name;
  • • email address;
  • • telephone number;
  • • where you attend one of our events, your address and proof of address;
  • • reason for becoming a member;
  • • gender;
  • • contact details;
  • Log and Usage Data: Log and usage data is service-related if you have opened an online account on our website, diagnostic, usage, and performance information our servers automatically collect when you access or use our Services and which we record in log files. Depending on how you interact with us, this log data may include your IP address, device information, browser type, and settings and information about your activity on our website (such as the date/time stamps associated with your usage, pages and files viewed, searches, and other actions you take such as which features you use), device event information (such as system activity, error reports (sometimes called ‘crash dumps’), and hardware settings).
  • brief summary of why you have called;

    We will also process sensitive personal data (such as data concerning your gender identification) about you in the course of our legitimate activities.

    What we do with the information we gather

    As it is in our legitimate interests to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, we use your personal data:

    • for security purposes (so that we can: verify the identity of the member, safeguard our membership groups; keep our events safe and secure;
    • to provide the services;
    • for internal record keeping;
    • to improve and tailor our membership services;
    • to arrange events; and
    • where you consent, to send you promotional emails about new projects, or request feedback, or provide other information which we think you will find interesting using the email address which you have provided.


    Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet or email is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your information transmitted through the Website or over email; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will take appropriate technical and organisational measures to safeguard your personal data against loss, theft and unauthorised use, access or modification.

    We will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we are required by law to do so.

    Sharing and storing your personal data

    The personal data provided when you contact us or attend one of our events is stored by Google Drive in the United States and other servers located globally and in the UK.

    Where we transfer your personal data to advisors outside the EEA, the transfer will be under the Commission’s model contracts for the transfer of personal data to third countries (i.e., the standard contractual clauses), pursuant to COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION (EU) 2021/914 of 4 June 2021. Please contact en*****@ve********.uk, if you would like to see a copy of the standard contractual clauses.

    We may also share your information with the National u3a in the case of complaint or other any reason  concerning your membership.

    We will also share your personal data in emergencies, where we will share your personal data with the emergency services, to the extent necessary to protect your vital interests.

    How long do we store your personal data?

    We retain your information as follows:

    • If you are one of our Verwood u3a members, we will retain your data so that we can easily retrieve it when you call us or attend one of our events. However, if we have no contact with you for two years, we will contact you to confirm whether you wish to remain a member. If you do not wish to remain a member or we do not receive a response from you, we will delete your data.
    • If you are a member of one of Verwood u3a, you can terminate your membership at any time. If you terminate your membership, your information will be deleted within 12 months.

    Your rights

    You have certain rights in relation to the personal data we hold about you. Some of these only apply in certain circumstances. We have described these situations below, as well as how you can exercise your rights. To exercise any of your rights, please state your reasons in an email and send it to en*****@ve********.uk .

    Please note that for each of the rights below we will, in some instances, have valid legal reasons to refuse your request, in such instances we will let you know if that is the case.

    You have the following rights in relation to your personal data:

    1) Access: You have the right to know whether we process personal data about you, and if we do, to access data we hold about you and certain information about how we use it and whom we share it with.

    2) Portability: You have the right to receive a subset of the personal data you provide us if we process it on the bases of our contract with you or with your consent in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and a right to request that we transfer such personal data to another party. If you wish for us to transfer the personal data to another party, please ensure you detail that party and note that we can only do so where it is technically feasible. We are not responsible for the security of the personal data or its processing once received by the third party.

    3) Correction: You have the right to require us to correct any personal data held about you that is inaccurate and have incomplete data completed.

    4) Erasure: You have the right to request that we erase the personal data we hold about you in the following circumstances:

    • a) where you believe it is no longer necessary for us to hold the personal data;
    • b) we are processing it on the basis of your consent and you wish to withdraw your consent;
    • c) we are processing your data on the basis of our legitimate interest and you object to such
    • processing;
    • d) you no longer wish us to use your data to send you information; or
    • e) you believe we are unlawfully processing your data.

    Please provide as much detail as possible on your reasons for the request to assist us in determining whether you have a valid basis for erasure.

    5) Restriction of Processing to Storage Only: You have a right to require us to stop processing the personal data we hold about you other than for storage purposes in the following circumstances:

    • a) you believe the personal data is not accurate for the period it takes for us to verify whether the data is accurate;
    • b) we wish to erase the personal data as the processing we are doing is unlawful but you want us to simply restrict the use of that data;
    • c) we no longer need the personal data for the purposes of the processing but you require us to retain the data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; or
    • d) you have objected to us processing personal data we hold about you on the basis of our legitimate interest and you wish us to stop processing the personal data whilst we determine whether there is an overriding interest in us retaining such personal data.

    6) Objection: You have the right to object to our processing of data about you and we will consider your request. Please provide us with detail as to your reasoning so that we can assess whether there is a compelling overriding interest in us continuing to process such data or we need to process it in relation to legal claims.

    Withdrawal of Consent

    Where you have provided your consent to us processing your personal data, you can withdraw your consent at any time by emailing en*****@ve********.uk .


    In the event that you wish to make a complaint about how we process your personal data, please contact us in the first instance at en*****@ve********.uk and we will endeavour to deal with your request. This is without prejudice to your right to launch a claim with the Information Commissioner’s Office or the data protection supervisory authority in the U.K. or EU country in which you live or work where you think we have infringed data protection laws.

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    Links to other websites

    Our website will, in some circumstances, contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that other website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.


    Any material changes we make to this policy in the future will be posted on this page. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to this policy.


    Questions, comments and requests regarding this policy are welcomed and should be sent in an email to en*****@ve********.uk