Privacy Policy

The Forge (Registered Charity No 1086461) is committed to protecting your personal information, and being transparent about what information we hold about you. The purpose of this policy is to give a clear explanation of how we collect and use your personal data, and your options regarding the data we store. We use your information in accordance with all applicable laws concerning protection of personal information, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Privacy & Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

If you have any queries about this policy, please contact the Data Protection Lead at The Forge in writing via:

Post: The Forge, Stanley Education Centre, King Edward VIII Terrace, Shield Row, Co Durham, DH9 0HQ.

The below Privacy Policy governs the use of The Forge website ( and is designed to protect all users, members of the public and staff, and young people who choose to engage with The Forge. This policy was last updated on 24 May 2018.

Information collection

Via this website we collect personal information in a number of ways.

Information you give us: For example when you make a donation, or send us an email via this website, we’ll store personal information provided such as your name, email address and organisation and we will also keep a record of your donations and contact preferences.

Cookies: Cookies are small text files that are automatically placed onto your device by some websites you visit. They are widely used to allow a website to function, as well as to provide website operators with information on how the site is being used. We use cookies to identify how the website is being used and what improvements we can make. All cookies are anonymous and cannot be traced back to you individually.

Legal basis

There are three legal bases under which we may process your data.

Contract purposes: When you make a donation, you are entering into a contract with us. In order to perform this contract we need to process and store your data. For example, we may need to contact you if there is a problem with your payment.

Legitimate interest: In certain situations we collect and process your personal data for purposes that are in our legitimate organisational interests. However we only do this if there is no overriding prejudice to you by using your personal information this way.

With your explicit consent: For any situations where the two bases above are not appropriate, we will instead ask for your explicit consent before using your personal information in that specific situation.

Third parties

Beyond those already identified in this policy, we will never share your data with third parties without requesting explicit permission before doing so.

Security of your personal information

We will put in place appropriate safeguards (both in terms of our procedures and the technology we use) to keep your personal information as secure as possible. We will ensure that any third parties we use for processing your personal information do the same.

Maintaining your personal information

We will only store your personal information for as long as necessary for each process, and you can ask for your information to be deleted at any point by emailing

Your rights to your personal information

You have a right to request a copy of the personal information that we hold about you and to have any inaccuracies in this data corrected. Please use the contact details at the start of this policy if you would like to exercise this right.

Contact details and further information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about any aspect of this Privacy Policy, and in particular if you would like to object to any processing of your personal information that we carry out for our legitimate organisational interests.