Our Policies

Our Privacy Policy 

We want everyone who supports us, or who comes to us for support, to feel confident and comfortable with how any personal information you share with us will be looked after or used. This Privacy Statement sets out how we collect, use and store your personal information (this means any information that identifies or could identify you). 

Our Privacy Statement may change so please remember to check back from time to time. If you have any queries, please contact our team. 

Who we are 

Here at Mid and North East Essex Mind we are committed to protecting your personal information and making every effort to ensure that your personal information is processed in a fair, open and transparent manner. 

We are a “data controller” for the purposes of the Data Protection Act 2018 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“Data Protection Law”) which means that we are responsible for, and control the processing of, your personal information.  Wherever possible we use anonymous information which does not identify individual visitors to our website. 

How we collect information about you 

Everything we do, we do to ensure that we can help people experiencing a mental health problem get both support and respect. We want to make sure you receive the communications that are most relevant to you, be it through visiting our website or receiving emails, post or phone calls. We want to make sure you receive the best attention when you contact us, use our services, book onto an event or make a donation. 

We collect information from you in the following ways: 

When you interact with us directly: This could be if you ask us about our activities, register with us for training or an event either in person or online via one of our webinars, make a donation to us, ask a question about mental health, apply for a job or volunteering opportunity or otherwise provide us with your personal information. This includes when you phone us, contact us through our website, participate in a question and answer session or fill out an online evaluation form following attendance at one of mental health webinars, or get in touch through the post, by email or in person. 

When you interact with us through third parties: This could be if you provide a donation through a third party such as Just Giving or one of the other third parties that we work with and provide your consent for your personal information to be shared with us. 


Information we collect and why we use it 


Personal Information 

Personal information we collect includes details such as your name, date of birth, email address, postal address, telephone number and credit/debit card details (if you are making a purchase or donation), as well as information you provide in any communications between us.  You will have given us this information whilst making a donation, registering for a service or event or any of the other ways to interact with us. 

We will mainly use this information to: 

  • provide the services that you have requested 
  • update you with important administrative messages about your donation, an event or services you have requested 
  • process your donations or other payments, to claim Gift Aid on your donations and verify any financial transactions. 
  • keep a record of your relationship with us 
  • process your application for a job with us 
  • administer the volunteering arrangement where you volunteer with us 
  • improve the quality of the services we provide to you 

If you do not provide this information, we will not be able to process your donation, sign you up for a particular event, provide services you have requested, or understand how we can improve the quality of our services. 

We may also use your personal information to contact you about our work and how you can support us. 

Sensitive Personal Information 

If you share your personal experience or the experiences of a friend or relative, we may also collect this health information (Sensitive Personal Information). If you provide us with any Sensitive Personal Information by telephone, email or by other means, we will treat that information with extra care and confidentiality and always in accordance with this Privacy Policy.  We may also receive personal data about you if we have received a referral from a health professional. 

A special note about the Sensitive Personal Information we hold 

Data Protection Law recognises that some categories of personal information are more sensitive. Sensitive Personal Information can include information about a person’s health, race, ethnic origin, political opinions, sex life, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. 

If you contact us at Mid and North East Essex Mind through our phone lines, through participation in one of our mental health webinars, applying for a job or to volunteer, asking about our services or through other more general communications with us such as blogs or emails, you may choose to provide details of a sensitive nature. 

We will only use this information for the purposes of dealing with your enquiry, training, and quality monitoring or evaluating the services we provide. 

We will not pass on your details to anyone else without your express permission except in exceptional circumstances. Examples of this might include anyone reporting serious self-harm or posing a threat to others or children contacting us and sharing serious issues such as physical abuse or exploitation. 

Where you have given us your express consent or otherwise clearly indicated to us that you are happy for us to share your story, then we may publish it on our blog or in other media. 


Legal basis for using your information 

In some cases, we will only use your personal information where we have your consent or because we need to use it in order to fulfil a contract with you (for example, because you use one of our services or book onto one of our courses) or where we are obliged to do so for legal purposes (for example, dealing with complaints and claims), or for complying with guidance from the Charity Commission). 

However, there are other lawful reasons that allow us to process your personal information and one of those is called ‘legitimate interests’. This means that the reason that we are processing information is because there is a legitimate interest for Mid and North East Essex Mind to process your information to help us to achieve our mission. 

Whenever we process your Personal Information under the ‘legitimate interest’ lawful basis we make sure that we take into account your rights and interests. Some examples of where we have a legitimate interest to process your personal information are where we respond to your request for information about our work or services; an application to work with us; send out newsletters about our work; use your personal information for data analytics or contact you to ask for feedback to improve our services. 


We will only contact you about our work and how you can support Mid and North East Essex Mind by phone, email or text message if you have agreed for us to contact you in this manner. 

However, if you have provided us with your postal address we may send you information about our work and how you can support us by mail unless you have told us that you would prefer not to hear from us in that way. 

You can update your choices or stop us sending you these communications at any time by contacting us directly or by emailing enquiries@mnessexmind.org  

Sharing your Information 

The personal information we collect about you will mainly be used by our staff and volunteers so that they can support you. 

We will never sell or share your personal information with organisations so that they can contact you for any marketing activities. Nor do we sell any information about your web browsing activity. 

Mid and North East Essex Mind may however share your information with our trusted partners and suppliers who work with us on or on our behalf to deliver our services, but processing of this information is always carried out under our instruction. We make sure that they store the data securely, delete it when they no longer need it and never use it for any other purposes. Some examples of where we may share your information are with our fulfilment partners who help to create and send information to you to reduce our costs, with our partners who help us to process donations and claim Gift Aid and our partners who help us to manage our social media accounts. 

We enter into contracts with these service providers that require them to comply with Data Protection Laws and ensure that they have appropriate controls in place to secure your information. 

Legal disclosure 

We may disclose your information if required to do so by law (for example, to comply with applicable laws, regulations and codes of practice or in response to a valid request from a competent authority); or, in order to enforce our conditions of sale and other agreements. 

Keeping your information safe 

We take looking after your information very seriously. We’ve implemented appropriate physical, technical and organisational measures to protect the personal information we have under our control, both on and off-line, from improper access, use, alteration, destruction and loss. 

Unfortunately the transmission of information using the internet is not completely secure. Although we do our best to protect your personal information sent to us this way, we cannot guarantee the security of data transmitted to our site. 

Our websites may contain links to other sites. While we try to link only to sites that share our high standards and respect for privacy, we are not responsible for the content or the privacy practices employed by other sites. Please be aware that advertisers or websites that have links on our site may collect personally identifiable information about you. This privacy statement does not cover the information practices of those websites or advertisers. 

Any debit or credit card details which we receive on our website are passed securely to our payment processing partners, according to the Payment Card Industry Security Standards. 

How long we hold your information for 

We only keep it as long as is reasonable and necessary for the relevant activity, which may be to fulfil statutory obligations (for example, the collection of Gift Aid).  Our data retention policy is available on request. 

Your rights 

You have various rights in respect of the personal information we hold about you – these are set out in more detail below.  If you wish to exercise any of these rights or make a complaint, you can do so by contacting our team at  Mid and North East Essex Mind , The Constantine Centre, 272A Mersea Road, Colchester CO2 8QZ, by email at enquiries@mnessex.mind.organd by phone on 01206 764600.  You can also make a complaint to the data protection supervisory authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office, https://ico.org.uk/: 

Access to your personal information: You have the right to request access to a copy of the personal information that we hold about you, along with information on what personal information we use, why we use it, who we share it with, how long we keep it for and whether it has been used for any automated decision making. You can make a request for access free of charge.  However, we may charge a “reasonable fee” for the administrative costs of complying with the request if It is manifestly unfounded or excessive or an individual requests further copies of their data following a request. 

Please make all requests for access in writing, and provide us with evidence of your identity. 


  • Right to object: You can object to our processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.  Please contact us as noted above, providing details of your objection. 
  • Consent: If you have given us your consent to use personal information you can withdraw your consent at any time. 
  • Rectification: You can ask us to change or complete any inaccurate or incomplete personal information held about you. 
  • Erasure: You can ask us to delete your personal information where it is no longer necessary for us to use it, you have withdrawn consent, or where we have no lawful basis for keeping it. 
  • Portability: You can ask us to provide you or a third party with some of the personal information that we hold about you in a structured, commonly used, electronic form, so it can be easily transferred. 
  • Restriction: You can ask us to restrict the personal information we use about you where you have asked for it to be erased or where you have objected to our use of it. 
  • No automated-decision making:  Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.  You have the right not to be subject to automated decisions that will create legal effects or have a similar significant impact on you, unless you have given us your consent, it is necessary for a contract between you and us or is otherwise permitted by law.  You also have certain rights to challenge decisions made about you.  We do not currently carry out any automated decision-making. 


Please note, some of these rights only apply in certain circumstances and we may not be able to fulfil every request. 

Cookies on our websites

‘Cookie’ is a name for a small file, usually of letters and numbers, which is downloaded onto your device, like your computer, mobile phone or tablet when you visit a website. 

They let websites recognise your device, so that the sites can work more effectively, and also gather information about how you use the site. A cookie, by itself, can’t be used to identify you. 

How do we use cookies? 

We may use cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you come to our website and also allows us to improve the user experience. 

The cookies we use 

We use the categorisation set out by the International Chamber of Commerce in their UK Cookie Guide. 

We may use all four categories of cookies: 

  • Strictly necessary cookies are essential for you to move around our website and to use its features, like our shopping basket and your account. 
  • Performance cookies collect anonymous information about how you use our site, like which pages are visited most. 
  • Functionality cookies collect anonymous information that remember choices you make to improve your experience, like your text size or location. They may also be used to provide services you have asked for such as watching a video or commenting on a blog. 
  • Targeting or advertising cookies collect information about your browsing habits in order to make advertising relevant to you and your interests. As such if you visit our website you may then be more likely to see adverts about  Mid and North east Essex Mind’s work on other websites as your browsing suggests that this is an area of interest.