Privacy Policy

Provided under the UK law on data protection applicable post 25 May 2018.

Lawful Basis

As part of the work of Solas Centre for Public Christianity (hereafter known as “Solas”), we need to process personal data. We undertake to gather and process this data on the lawful basis of legitimate interests and under condition 9(2)d of GDPR, in terms of which we process in the course of legitimate activities with appropriate safeguards as a church ministry organisation.

Whose information do we hold and why?

Processing is in relation to members, former members, donors, customers and those having regular contact, in connection with the pursuit of our purposes as an organisation. Personal data is not disclosed outside the organistaion processes without the consent of the data subjects (i.e. those to whom the data belongs).

How we collect information

We collect personal information each time you are in contact with us. For example, when you:
• visit our website
• request to receive our newsletter
• become a member, trustee, employee or register your details and your family details, at
• provide your contact details, in writing or orally, to Solas staff or volunteers;
• make a donation, by completion of Gift envelopes, via our website or electronic means;
• register for a conference or other event;
• purchase goods or services, including when you provide BACS, credit or debit card details via our website, PayPal, GoCardless, WooCommerce, Eventbrite or via BACS transfer;
• communicate with the organisation by means such as email, letter, telephone, text;
• face-to-face meetings with staff and volunteers;
• access our account on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, WhatsApp, Twitter, Eventbrite or Instagram.

Solas does not hold any debit or credit card details for donations/payments made via our websites. All card payments are handled by service providers who encrypt card information sent from this website or handled on their website.

How long will we keep this information & your rights concerning it?

We will keep your data for the period of your involvement with Solas. You have the right to request access to your personal data held by us, to change and update those details. You can also withdraw consent for us to hold your data at any time and we will immediately take action to delete it.

Note: Your provision of this data is not part of a statutory requirement or obligation.

Who sees your information?

The information you provide to us will be held on computers in the UK and may be accessed by or given to our staff and our service providers who act for us for the purposes set out in this policy or for other purposes approved by you. Those parties may process information, fulfil and deliver orders, process credit card payments and provide support services on our behalf.

We do not sell or pass any of your personal information to any other organisations and/or individuals without your express consent, with the following exceptions:

By providing us with your details you are giving Solas your express permission to transfer your data to our service providers including mailing houses, such as SendinBlue or Simplicity Marketing, to enable fulfilment of the purpose for collection.

Where such details are shared we have confidentiality agreements in place that restrict the use of your information to the purpose for which it is provided and ensure it is stored securely and kept no longer than necessary.

We do not intend to store or currently store financial details (credit or debit card numbers) obtained through online transactions. We do not store details online nor do we pass any information to third parties, except where we are legally required to do so, to assist fraud reduction, or to provide a service requested and minimise credit risks.

Sensitive Personal Information: Solas may collect and store sensitive personal information such as religious information (church attendance) when you and/or your family attend, register for church events and conferences. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential. It is never sold, given away, or otherwise shared with anyone, unless required, by law.

Keeping details up to date

Please tell us as soon as any of your contact details change so that we can keep our records up to date.
You can change the way we contact you, or the kind of material we send you, at any time by contacting us by mail or email using the contact details below.

You can unsubscribe from our regular emails or texts at any time by using the ‘unsubscribe’ or links on the email or texts you have received.


Solas will take reasonable steps to keep secure any personal information, which we hold and to keep this information accurate and up to date. Personal information, held electronically, is stored in a secure server or secure files.

The Internet is not a secure method of transmitting information. Accordingly, the Church cannot accept responsibility for the security of information you send to or receive from us over the Internet or for any unauthorised access or use of that information. We take security measures to protect your information from access by unauthorised persons and against unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction and damage. Your information will be held for a reasonable period or as long as the law requires or permits.

Cookies policy

Cookies are small amounts of information that we store on your computer. Unless you have indicated your objection when disclosing your details to us, our system will issue cookies to your computer when you log on to the site. Cookies make it easier for you to log on to and use the site during future visits. They also help to monitor website traffic and to personalise the content of the site for you but will not store, save or collect personal information. You may set up your computer to reject cookies although, in that case, you may not be able to use certain features on our site.


This website may also include links to other websites. Links provided by Solas are for your convenience to provide further information. Users should note they click on external links at their own risk and we cannot be held liable for any damages or implications caused by visiting any external links.
We use websites such YouTube to embed videos on our website, service providers such as SendinBlue, Stripe, NowDonate, GoCardless, WooCommerce, Facebook and Google Analytics and you may be sent cookies from them via our site. Please look at the cookie and privacy policies on these third-party sites if you want more information about this.

Social Media

Solas uses social media such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Users must verify authenticity of sites before posting or providing personal information on such sites.

Our website may provide social media buttons, permitting sharing our web content directly to a social media, platform. Use of such buttons is at your own risk.

Unless it is material supplied or officially posted by Solas, we do not endorse social media website(s) and have no responsibility for the content nor for the cookies they may contain.

Solas does not ask for passwords nor personal details on social media.


Any documents or files made available to download from our website are provided at users own risk.

Changes to this Policy

Solas may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time to ensure compliance with changes or amendments to the law of the UK. Any amended version will be available on our website at We suggest that you visit our website regularly to keep up to date with any changes.

The Data Controller is:

Solas (Centre for Public Christianity)
(01382) 525 021

You have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office (the Supervisory Authority for Data Protection) on 0303 123 1113.