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Cookie policy

How do we use cookies? 

Our website collects information about how you use it and what your preferences are for browsing our website. To do this, we place cookies on your device. A cookie is a small file placed on your device’s hard drive. Cookies can be used to provide core functionality for a website (e.g., logins), for website traffic reporting or for marketing purposes.  

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. We use our legitimate interest to: 

  • Keep our website going: troubleshooting, testing, completing research, completing statistical analysis. 
  • Keep our website safe and secure. 
  • Be efficient: understand how well our adverts on social media sites or other websites are doing to help us spend every penny wisely. 
  • Improve your experience: make sure that you are getting the most out of our website and can view it in a way that works for any device you use to visit our website. 
  • Allow you to access interactive features of our website. 
  • Understand how our website is being used. 

Types of cookies 

Necessary cookies are cookies essential to ensure our website works for you. 

Preference-based cookies help a website to ‘remember’ information that changes the way the website behaves or looks, like your preferred language or the region that you are in. 

Statistical cookies count website visitors. With the use of these cookies, we can count visits and traffic sources to improve the performance of our website. 

Unclassified cookies are cookies that we are working to define soon as necessary, marketing, preference-based, statistical, first party or third party. 

 Marketing cookies are used to deliver adverts relevant to you. They are also used to limit the number of times you see an advert and help measure how effective an advert is. They can also be used to choose the adverts that are displayed to you on other websites. 

First party cookies are set by the website you're visiting and only Affinity Trust can read them. 

Third party cookies are not set by us and can be read by the owner of those cookies. They may be used by companies that provide tools that we have on our websites, such as when we include a form, map, or video. Usually, we can't control what information they collect but we can tell you the cookies we use.   

Disabling cookies on your browser 

If you don’t want to receive cookies, you can modify your browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it, or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. 

If you wish to restrict or block web browser cookies that are set on your device, you can do this through your browser settings – the Help function within your browser should tell you how. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Know Cookies, which contains information on how to do this on a variety of web browsers. 

The cookies we use 

We place Facebook and Google Ads cookies on certain pages to help us understand what users do when they click on our online ads. For example, we want to see if users sign up to an event or donate after clicking on one of our ads. This helps us measure the success of any online advertising campaigns and ensures we only direct our Google and Facebook advertising toward those most likely to be responsive to us. 

We also use social media buttons and/or plugins on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. For these to work the following social media sites including Facebook, X (Twitter), Linkedin, and Instagram, will set cookies through our site. 

We use Google Analytics to understand how the site is being used in order to improve the user experience. User data is all anonymous. For more information you can view Google’s privacy policy here

Please see our cookie declaration for information on how cookies are used on this site. All of these cookies may be used to enhance your profile on the third-party site or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.