Blackbourne U3A (hereafter ‘the 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 the U3A you will be asked to provide certain information. This includes:

  • Name.
  • Home address.
  • Email address.
  • Telephone number.
  • Subscription preferences.
  • Gift Aid Status

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. At the point that you provide your personal information for membership purposes, we will also request that you provide consent for us to store and use your data. Your consent is required in order to ensure our compliance with data protection legislation.

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 activities.

We’ll send you messages by email, other digital methods, telephone and post 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 convenors – as required to facilitate your participation in our U3A activities.
  • 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 permission 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 unless you have agreed otherwise. The exceptions to this are instances where there may be legal or insurance circumstances that require information to be held for longer whilst this is investigated or resolved. Where this is the case then the 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 at any time:

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Telephone: 01359 408457

On an annual basis you will have the opportunity to update your information, during the 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 another individuals or for legal, investigative or security reasons. Otherwise we will usually respond within 14 days of the request being made.

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.

Your membership information is held on a spreadsheet and accessed by 4 committee members, the chairman, the membership secretary, the treasurer, the registrar.

Availability and changes to this policy

This policy is available to be read on the Notice Board at the Monthly Lectures or on the Blackbourne U3A website. 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 the monthly members' meetings.


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:

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Telephone: 01359 230251

Policy review date: May 2019