Website Terms and Privacy Policy

Use of this website is subject to the Terms below, which are based on the Terms created by Automattic, the parent company of WordPress, as well as The Great Turning data protection guidelines which immediately follow.

Use and protection of data provided to The Great Turning

What personal data does The Great Turning collect about me when I book a workshop?

For online programme registration we ask for your: name, country and email address.

We use this information to communicate with you about your registration. This information is stored in a secure database.

What personal information does The Great Turning collect about me when I make a financial contribution?

To process a donation we ask for your name, address, phone number and email address. We use this information to communicate with you about your donation and for financial auditing purposes.

Who at The Great Turning has access to my data?

Programme registration data is used by the registrations team and the finance department. It is shared with the course faculty and facilitators so they can perform their duties in the delivery of programmes.

Donation information is used by our finance and fundraising teams to implement donations and stay in touch with donors.

Our IT staff, who are trained to respect your right to privacy, have access to the systems where your data may be stored to keep them running smoothly.

How is my information used to keep me up-to-date with The Great Turning news and activities?

We will send emails about news and activities if you have opted in to each category. If you haven’t opted in yet, you can do so on the homepage on our site.

What if I want to change my communications preferences at a later date?

You have the right to unsubscribe from our communications. Every email message we send includes a link to opt out of receiving future emails. You can also contact us to change your address or email address.

Do you ever share my information with third parties?

We do not give your personal data to third parties. If you take a course with a leader who is not on The Great Turning staff, we will ask your permission before sharing your information with the leader.

How long will you keep my information?

We are legally required to keep records of financial transactions for seven years for accountancy and audit purposes.

The personal data you provide on the registration form is held indefinitely on our database to assist future registrations and to help us maintain a comprehensive historical archive of our programmes and activities. Building a record of the courses you have attended helps us to carry out our contractual obligations and fulfil our duty of care responsibilities to you.

Your donation information (except credit or debit card details) is held on our secure accounting database for financial auditing purposes and so that we can keep a record of your support for us and meet regulatory requirements. Donations made online are also recorded in our website’s secure database.

The right to be forgotten

At your request, we will remove and destroy all your personal data except records of financial transactions we are legally required to retain or other personal data which may need to be retained for authorised legal or regulatory purposes. The record of courses you have attended will be lost. If you come back to The Great Turning at a later date, we will re-start the registration process and, if necessary, ask you to provide us with your previous workshop experience. Contact us to request removal of your data.

If you are unhappy with our organisation’s data practices and would like to make a complaint then please email [email protected]. If you have done this and still do not feel that we have addressed your concerns, please contact the Information Commissioner’s Office or call the helpline on 0303 123 1113.

Website Terms


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymised string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service Privacy Policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Who we share your data with

If you request a password reset, your IP address will be included in the reset email.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognise and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.