Ramsey & District U3A Privacy Policy

Ramsey & District U3A treats your privacy rights seriously. This privacy policy sets out how we will deal with your ‘personal information’, that is, information that could identify, or is related to the identity of, an individual.

What personal information do we collect?

When you express an interest in becoming a member of Ramsey & District U3A you will be asked to provide certain information. This includes:

  • your name
  • home address
  • email address
  • telephone number
  • your subscription preferences
  • a contact name and telephone number in case of emergency

How do we collect this personal information?

All the information collected is obtained directly from you. This is usually at the point of your initial registration. The information will be collected via membership forms or online contact forms. The lawful basis for collecting and storing your information is due to the contractual relationship that you, as a member, have with the U3A. In order to inform you about the groups, activities and events that you can access as a member we need to store and process a certain amount of personal data.

How do we use your personal information?

We use your personal information:

  • To provide our U3A activities and services to you
  • For administration, planning and management of our U3A
  • To communicate with you about your group activities
  • To monitor, develop and improve the provision of our U3A activity

We’ll send you messages by email, post, other digital methods and telephone to advise you of U3A activities.

Who do we share your personal information with?

We may disclose information about you, including your personal information

  • Internally – to committee members and group leaders – as required to facilitate your participation in our U3A activities;
  • Externally – with your consent for products or services such as direct mailing for the Trust magazines – Third Age Trust and Sources;
  • If we have a statutory duty to disclose it for other legal and regulatory reasons.

Where we need to share your information outside of the U3A we will seek your consent and inform you as to whom the information will be shared with and for what purpose.

How long do we keep your personal information?

We need to keep your information so that we can provide our services to you. In most instances information about your membership will not be stored for longer than 12 months after your membership of Ramsey & District U3A has ceased. The exceptions to this are instances where there may be legal or insurance circumstances that require information to be held for longer whilst the issues are investigated or resolved. Where this is the case member/s will be informed as to how long the information will be held for and when it is deleted.

How your information can be updated or corrected

To ensure the information we hold is accurate and up to date, members need to inform the U3A as to any changes to their personal information. You can do this by contacting the membership secretary by email to membership@ramseyu3a.org.uk. On an annual basis you will have the opportunity to update your information, as required, via the membership renewal process. Should you wish to view the information that the U3A holds on you, you can make this request by contacting the membership secretary – as detailed above. There may be certain circumstances where we are not able to comply with this request. This would include where the information may contain references to other individuals or for legal, investigative or security reasons. Otherwise we will usually respond within 14 days of the request being received.

How do we store your personal information

We have in place a range of security safeguards to protect your personal information against loss or theft, as well as unauthorised access, disclosure, copying, use or modification. Security measures include technological measures such as Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption, which creates a secure connection with your browser when you register and login into our online services. (You need to check the security settings of your website and consider how you store and delete information that is collected via the website) Your membership information is held on a database/spreadsheet (whichever applies) and accessed by Committee Members and Group Leaders– as appropriate.

Availability and changes to this policy

This policy is available on our website www.ramseyu3a.org.uk). This policy may change from time to time. If we make any material changes we will make members aware of this via the Newsletter and/or the monthly members’ meetings).

Legitimate Interest Assessment

Next of Kin

This legitimate interest assessment has been compiled in order to set out the reasons why RAMSEY & DISTRICTU3A requests next of kin details

Purpose Test

The reason that RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A requests contact details for members’ next of kin is so that the committee and/or group conveners know who to contact in the event of an emergency RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A has a duty of care to its membership and in order to ensure your safety we need to be able to contact someone who can meet your welfare needs in the event of an incident/accident.  RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A requests members to inform the person identified as your next of kin that you have provided their details to the RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A.

For certain events and trips we may need to provide these details to a 3rd party  RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A will always make you aware when next of kin information is requested and with whom that information will be shared.

Necessity Test

The next of kin information provided by members would only be used in the event of a serious incident/accident. RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A would use the information to contact someone who may need to collect the relevant member, support the relevant member or liaise, on behalf of the relevant member, with a third party provider such as a medical professional. RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A only requests minimal information regarding members’ next of kin which includes a name, telephone number and the details of their relationship to the member.

Balancing Test

The next of kin data requested is minimal and is only that which is required to make contact with the individual in question. RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A relies on its members to provide next of kin information and to make the individual aware that this information has been passed to the RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A and for what purposes it has been passed to the RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A. RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A will hold this information securely and it will only be accessed by those who need to see it. The information provided will only be used to contact the next of kin where an incident or accident occurs that requires someone to take responsibility for the member in question. The data will not be processed for any other purposes.

Through compilation of this assessment  RAMSEY & DISTRICT U3A considers that it has a legitimate interest to collect, hold and process next of kin information. This document will be held by the Committee and communicated to the membership as required. The assessment will be reviewed every 2 years in order to ensure that legitimate interest remains the most appropriate lawful basis for gathering this information.

Review date: 04/02/2021


If you have any queries about this policy, need it in an alternative format, or have any complaints about our privacy practices, please contact us by email to membership@ramseyu3a.org.uk. Where possible we will reply within 14 days of receipt of your query.