Sections of this policy
1. What are cookies and how do they work?
2. Types of cookies and how we use them
3. Website cookie acceptance
4. How to manage and delete cookies
5. Changes to this Policy
WHAT ARE COOKIES AND HOW DO THEY WORK?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer, laptop and/or mobile device, that contain details of your browsing history on the website and distinguish you from other users. They are widely used and help to provide you with relevant and personalised content and advertising, and help make websites work more efficiently. Your browser sends cookies back to the website every time you visit, so it can recognise you and can tailor what you see on the screen.
You can find out more about cookies at www.allaboutcookies.org
When you use and access the website, we may place a number of cookies files in your web browser.
- let you navigate and do things on our website. In other words, some cookies are necessary for our website to function.
- collect statistics – the information collected by cookies enables us to improve the website through usage figures and patterns. For example, to see which pages of the website are the most popular and how users are interacting with them.
- analyse how individuals interact with us so we can improve our website.
- ensure that our website is secure – for example, to make sure that personal information that you give to us does not fall into the wrong hands.
Types of cookies and how we use them
Information supplied by cookies helps us build a picture of how people interact with the website, and how we can improve it. Types of cookies we use include:
- Essential / strictly necessary cookies – some cookies are essential so you can move around the website(s) and use its features, including for example account login and saving incomplete webforms. These cookies don’t gather information about you that could be used for marketing or remember where you’ve been on the internet.
- Functionality cookies – these remember choices you make to improve your online experience, such as recently viewed pages, and enabling social media components, like Facebook and Twitter.
- Performance cookies (for analytics) – these cookies collect anonymous information on the pages visited. They keep track of what pages and links are popular and are performing well so we can make improvements and measure the effectiveness of our marketing communications. As a charity, we need to make sure our charitable funds are spent in the most efficient and therefore effective way possible.
- Third party cookies – we also use some tools from third parties such as Google Analytics. They also set cookies on our website(s) on its behalf in order to deliver the services that they are providing. These cookies are placed on our website, and may collect information about your online behaviour, such as your IP address, the website you arrived from, and what you may have previously purchased from us. If you would like more information about the cookies used by these suppliers, as well as information on how to opt-out, please see their individual privacy policies.
The table below provides more information about the cookies we use and why.
|Name of cookie||Owner||Purpose||Duration|
|_stid||ShareThis||The_stid cookie is set as part of the ShareThis Service and monitors user-activity, e.g Web pages viewed, navigation from page to page, time spent on each page||session|
|_gat#||Google Analytics||Enables Google Analytics regulate the rate of requesting. It is a HTTP cookie type that lasts for a session.||session|
|_ga||Google Analytics||Records a particular ID used to come up with data about website usage by the user||Two years|
|_gid||Google Analytics||Keeps an entry of unique ID which is then used to come up with statistical data on website usage by visitors. It is a HTTP cookie type and expires after a browsing session.||session|
|_ga_#||Google Analytics||Used to distinguish individual users by means of designation of a randomly generated number as client identifier, which allows calculation of visits and sessions.||session|
WEBSITE COOKIE ACCEPTANCE
HOW TO MANAGE AND DELETE COOKIES
If you wish to restrict, block or delete the cookies which are set by our website, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. How you do so will depend on the browser you use, but the Help function within your browser should tell you how. You can also set your browser to notify you each time new cookies are placed on your computer or other device. You may wish to visit www.allaboutcookies.org which contain comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers, as well as more explanation of how cookies work.
Click on the links below to find out how to change your cookie settings in:
You can also opt out of receiving cookies on the website for Google Analytics by visiting https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of our websites.
CHANGES TO THIS POLICY
This Policy was last updated September 2023.