Who are we?
The National Churches Trust (NCT) exists to support church buildings from all Christian denominations, of all ages and listing status that are open and accessible across the United Kingdom. The National Churches Trust is a registered charity (registered charity number 1119845) and we are also registered as a company limited by guarantee (company number 06265201). The National Churches Trust is registered with the ICO (registration number Z8724032) as a data controller.
The charity supports its associated trading subsidiary NCT Heritage Services Ltd (registered company number 11194504), which manages the church tourism initiative ExploreChurches, and church maintenance via MaintenanceBooker. NCT and NCT Heritage Services Ltd are both registered at Faith House, 7 Tufton Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3QB.
Both the charity and its trading subsidiary will be referred to as ‘the NCT Group’, ‘we’, ‘us’ or ‘our’ onwards.
Who is the controller of your data?
What personal data do we process?
We process personal data about you that you give to us when you make a donation, apply for a grant, register for our church tourism site, sign up as a Friend, or book maintenance services from our MaintenanceBooker site, such as your name, billing and delivery addresses, email address, telephone number and payment card details. When you visit our website we also automatically receive your IP address which is a unique identifier for your computer or other device you are using to access our site.
If you use your credit or debit card to donate to us or to purchase a membership, item, or service, we will ensure that this is done securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. You can find our more information about PCI DSS here https://www.pcisecuritystandards.org/security_standards/index.php
We do not store your credit or debit card details at all, following the completion of your transaction. All card details and validation codes are securely destroyed once the payment or donation has been processed. Only staff authorised and trained to process payments will be able to see your card details.
Visitors to our website
When someone visits nationalchurchestrust.org, explorechurches.org or maintenancebooker.org.uk we collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns in order to provide the best experience we can for users and keep the sites up to date and relevant. We will not associate any data gathered from this site with any personal data from any source.
We collect information from or about the computers, phones, or other devices where you access our websites. We may associate the information we collect from your different devices, which helps us provide a consistent user experience.
We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We also use optional analytics cookies to help us make improvements to the website. Our media players and maps have their own cookies. The media will not work without cookies enabled. Accepting standard settings will turn Analytics cookies on.
Essential cookies enable core functionality such as page navigation and access to secure areas. You can disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions. We use maps (Google maps), video (YouTube and Vimeo) and sound (SoundCloud) on this website. Maps and media players set cookies and won't work if they are disabled.
Google Analytics cookies help us to improve our website by collecting information about how it is used. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify you.
How do we use your data?
Personal data collected and processed by us may be used for the following key purposes:
- Administration of membership;
- Administration of donations, legacies and event, experience or church tour ticket sales;
- Administration/payment of our grants;
- Responding to requests for support;
- Research and statistical analysis;
- Communication about our grants, support for churches, church tourism, maintenance services, membership, awards schemes, fundraising and other activities that we think may be of interest to you, including training events; and
- Distribution of our e-newsletters.
Personal data provided to us will be used for the purposes outlined at the time of collection or registration in accordance with the preferences you express.
If you are a Friend of the NCT this will include sending you confirmation of your subscription, membership materials, an annual review, and details of our events and offers by post. If you have opted in to receive our regular e-newsletters you may unsubscribe at any time.
We process your data for fundraising and marketing purposes to ensure that we are contacting you with the most appropriate communication, which is relevant and timely and will ultimately provide you with an improved experience. In doing so, we may use profiling techniques using publicly available data or information that you have already provided to us. This helps us to make appropriate requests to donors who may have the means and the desire to give more. Importantly, it enables us to raise more funds in a cost-effective way.
You can opt out of your data being used in this way at any time by contacting us on 0207 222 0605, email@example.com or by writing to us at 7 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB.
If you are enquiring about a grant, or looking for advice around a church project, and request or agree to being sent grant support or fundraising information via email, we will consider that you are interested in hearing from us and therefore may, from time to time, send you information about other relevant events, competitions and awards.
If you are registering with MaintenanceBooker, we will require your contact details so we can get in touch with you regarding your enquiry, booking or application for a grant to assist with costs of this service. We will also use your details in the future to ask whether you require any further services or to ask for your feedback on the service you have received.
If you are nominating an individual, a church activity or a capital project under any of our award schemes, we will require your contact details so we can get in touch with you regarding your nomination. We may also use your details in the future to ask for your feedback. You may contact us at any time to ask us to remove your details by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org
Wherever possible and appropriate we will seek consent from a parent or guardian before collecting or using information about children or adults at risk.
Receiving marketing information from NCT Group will always be your choice and we will only send you marketing if you have opted in. You can change your mind at any time and we will keep your preferences up to date. You can contact us on 0207 222 0605, email@example.com or by writing to us at 7 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3QB at any time to be removed from our lists.
We do not make fundraising phone calls and would only telephone you if we had a specific query.
Where does your personal data come from?
Most of the data we process about you comes from you, for example, information you provide to us online. Some information comes from third parties such as our partners who recommend applicants to funders or share the details of applications. We will only collect personal data from third parties if they can show to us evidence that you have opted in to your personal data being processed for this purpose.
Other information is gathered during your use of our website (e.g. IP addresses or information obtained via cookies).
Do you have to provide your personal data?
In most cases, providing your personal data to us is optional, however, in some circumstances if you do not provide it, we will probably not be able to fulfil your donation, keep you up to date with news or events, subscription materials or e-newsletters, or our website may not work properly for you. For example:
- if you make a donation or pay for an event on our websites, we need details such as your name and address and payment card details to be able to take your payment. If you do not provide your data we will not be able to process your payment;
- you can turn off cookies on your browser and we will not place any cookies on your device or computer. However, this is likely to mean that you may not be able to use all parts of our website.
What are the legal grounds for processing your personal data?
Data protection laws require us to tell you what legal basis we use for processing your personal data. These bases are set out in the applicable data protection law. We generally use the following:
- the processing is necessary to perform a contract with you (i.e. the contract for the sale and purchase of your subscription or event tickets), or to take steps requested by you before entering into this contract;
- the processing is in our or someone else's legitimate interests, and these interests are not overridden by your interests or rights in the protection of your personal data;
- the processing is necessary to meet a legal obligation which applies to NCT Group;
- you have consented to our processing of your personal data. If you have consented, you can withdraw your consent at any time by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Who do we share your personal data with?
Personal data collected and processed by us may be shared in the following situations:
- With our employees and volunteers;
- Other funders such as local churches trusts or other relevant funding bodies (from time to time opportunities may arise where we can recommend applicants to other funders, or share details of applications – all applicants are asked if we may share their application details as part of our application process);
- With contractors, agents and other third parties who provide services to us.
If you use our website to make a donation or pay for an event details will be processed by World Pay on our behalf. If you donate by direct debit your payments will be processed by Rapidata on our behalf. This includes your payment information, such as your credit or debit card number and other card information, and other account and authentication information, as well as billing, and contact details. We ensure that these suppliers abide by our data processing agreement.
Grant applicants are required to submit bank information to us either at application or payment stage – this can either be done via our grant application system or emailed or posted to us. Our grant application system is hosted by the Gallery Partnership whose privacy statement can be found here:
We will hold your personal information on our systems for as long as is necessary for the relevant activity for which your data was originally obtained. For example we will keep a record of donations for at least seven years.
If you request that we stop sending you marketing materials we will keep a record of your contact details and appropriate information to enable us to comply with your request not to be contacted by us.
The nature of our work is such that we may have lifelong relationships with donors, beneficiaries and supporters. Legacy income is vital to the running of the charity. We may keep data you provide to us for a specified length of time, to carry out legacy administration and communicate effectively with the families of people leaving us legacies. This also enables us to identify and analyse the sources of legacy income we receive.
Security and performance
NCT uses a third party service to help maintain the security and performance of the website and we may share information with this third party where necessary.
What are your rights?
You have several rights in relation to your personal data. These include accessing your data, correcting any mistakes, having your data erased, restricting the processing of your data, objecting to the processing of your data, data portability, and rights relating to automated decision making and profiling. In most cases there are conditions attached to these rights. Please see below for further information on each of these.
Accessing your data
You can ask us to:
- Confirm whether we are processing your personal data;
- Give you a copy of that data;
You do not have to pay a fee for a copy of your information unless your request is unfounded, respective or excessive, in which case we will charge a reasonable amount in the circumstances. We will let you know of any charges before completing your request.
We aim to respond to you within 1 month of receiving your request unless it is particularly complicated or you have made several requests, in which case we aim to respond within 3 months. We will let you know if we are going to take longer than 1 month in dealing with your request. If we have a lot of information about you we might ask you if you can tell us what exactly you want to receive. This will help us action your request more quickly.
Correcting your data
You can ask us to correct any data which is inaccurate or incomplete. This is free of charge.
If we have shared the data with anyone else, we will tell them about the correction wherever possible. We aim to deal with requests for correction within 1 month, although it might take us up to 3 months if your request is particularly complicated.
If we can't action a request to correct your data, we will let you know and explain why this is.
Erasing your data
This right is sometimes referred to as "the right to be forgotten". This is not an absolute right but you have the right to have your data erased, free of charge, in certain circumstances.
You can ask for your data to be erased where:
- it is no longer necessary for the purpose for which it was originally collected or processed;
- we are processing your data based on your consent, and you withdraw that consent;
- you object to the processing and we do not have an overriding legitimate interest for continuing;
- your data has been unlawfully processed;
- your data must be erased to comply with a legal obligation;
There are some exceptions to this right. If one of these applies, we do not have to delete the data.
If we have shared your data with third parties, we will tell them about the erasure of your data unless this is impossible or would involve disproportionate effort.
Restricting the processing of your data
You can ask us to restrict the processing of your personal data in some circumstances, free of charge. This is not an absolute right. If processing is restricted we can store the data and retain enough information to make sure the restriction is respected, but we cannot further process your data.
You can restrict the processing of your personal data in the following cases:
- if you contest the accuracy of your data, we will restrict processing until we have made sure the data is accurate;
- if you object to our processing and we are considering this objection;
- if the processing is unlawful but you do not want us to erase your data;
- if we no longer need the personal data but you require the data to establish, exercise or defend a legal claim.
If we have disclosed the data to a third party, we will inform them about the restriction unless it is impossible or would require a disproportionate effort. We will tell you if we decide to lift a restriction on processing your data.
Objecting to the processing of your data
Objecting to the processing of your data is free of charge. It is not an absolute right but you can object to our processing of your data where it is:
- based on legitimate interest; or
- for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics.
We will stop processing your personal data unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests and rights, or unless we are processing the data for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
You can require us to stop using your data for direct marketing purposes. We will stop as soon as we receive your request. There are no exemptions or reasons for us to refuse.
This allows you to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. It applies where the following conditions are met:
- you provided the personal data to us yourself;
- we are processing the data either based on your consent or because it is necessary for the performance of a contract; and
- the processing is carried out by automated means.
We will provide your data free of charge in a structured, commonly used and machine readable form. We aim to provide your data within 1 month of receiving your request unless it is particularly complicated or you have made several requests, in which case we aim to respond within 3 months. If we are going to take longer than 1 month we will let you know and explain why we need more time. If we consider that we cannot provide you with your data, we will contact you and explain why this is.
Keeping your data up to date
If your personal details change, please help us to keep your information up to date by notifying us. You can also request access to any information we hold about you at any time by:
- emailing email@example.com; or
- Writing to the Executive Assistant, National Churches Trust, 7 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB
Contact and complaints
If you have any questions about this policy or about how we use your personal data please email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 020 7222 0605, or write to the Executive Assistant, National Churches Trust, 7 Tufton Street, London SW1P 3QB.
If you are unhappy about how we are processing your data or how we have responded to a request or complaint, you have the right to make a complaint to the UK's data protection regulator, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). You can find more details about how to contact the ICO on their website https://ico.org.uk/
Changes to this policy
We may change or update this policy from time to time so please check this page periodically.
This policy was last reviewed on 16 July 2020.