Last reviewed March 2023

About us

GFS is committed to maintaining your privacy. This privacy policy sets out how GFS uses and protects any information that you give us when you use this website. Should we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified, then you can be assured that it will only be used in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and the UK GDPR.

Our contact details are as follows – GFS, Office 4012, Beyond Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA

020 7837 9669

The types of personal data we collect / process:

We may collect the following information about girls and young women applying to take part in GFS:

  • Date of birth.
  • Contact information including postal address and email address.
  • Details of parents/carers and any emergency contact information.
  • Details of allergies, medical or access requirements that should be taken into consideration when planning safe and accessible activities.
  • Details of ethnicity, racial origin, disability and religion.
  • Demographic information.
  • Photo consent.
  • NEET status.
  • How the girl/young woman travels to and from GFS.

We may collect the following information to support the volunteer application process:

  • Date of birth.
  • Contact information including postal address and email address.
  • Education and Training
  • Whether a DBS is held.
  • Details of ethnicity, racial origin, disability and religion.
  • Demographic information.
  • Photo consent,

We may collect the following information about our Members and donors:

  • Company name.
  • Contact information including postal address and email address.
  • Reason for donation/membership application.
  • Whether or not you are a UK taxpayer (GiftAid).
  • Payment method.
  • Payment amount.

When you supply this information to us, we are legally obliged by the Data Protection Act  2018 and the UK GDPR to ensure that we only use this information for the purpose for which it was requested and to ensure that it is kept securely.

How we use your information
GFS needs this information to understand your needs and provide you with a better service, and in particular for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • We may use the information to improve our products and services.
  • If permission has been given, we may periodically send emails about issues, our services, campaigns or other information for which you have subscribed to.
  • To comply with our safeguarding obligations.

Where we store your personal data
All information you provide to us is stored on secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted. Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

Links to other websites
Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. GFS does not have any control over any other website. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that we do not accept any responsibility or liability. It is important that you check their privacy policies before you submit any personal data to any website.

Use of cookies
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. They are widely used in order to make websites work, or work more efficiently, as well as to provide information to the owners of the site.

GFS uses cookies to collect information about how visitors use our website. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the website. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visit whilst on the Girls Friendly Society website.

Controlling your personal information
GFS will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. No data will be transferred outside of the UK without explicit contractual agreement to ensure the same level of protection is offered as per standards governed by the UK regulatory legislations.

Your Rights as a Data Subject

You may request details of personal information that we hold about you under the Data Protection Act 2018. Please write to the address shown on our contact page.

The Data Protection Act gives you a number of rights on information we hold about you.

The eight data subject rights:

  • Right to be informed
  • Right of access
  • Right of rectification
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Right of portability
  • Right to restrict processing
  • Right to object
  • Rights related to automated decision making, including profiling

To learn more about your rights go to Individual rights | ICO. To exercise your rights please contact our Data Protection Manager for further information.

Credit card details
GFS understands the natural concerns you may have about entering sensitive personal information or credit card details. We would therefore like to assure you that this information is stored securely on a remote server and only aspects required for online transactional purposes are held online.

The personal information that is required for our accounts is kept securely, in accordance with our internal security policy, and only for as long as required by law.

All credit card details are taken via a secure connection and NOT stored on this web server.

Any person found to be using credit cards fraudulently on this website will be prosecuted.

How to complain

If you have any concerns about our use of your personal information, you can make a complaint to us via – The Data Manager, GFS, Office 4012, Beyond Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA or you may email us at

You can also complain to the ICO if you are unhappy with how we have used your data.

The ICO’s address:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane

Helpline number: 0303 123 1113
ICO website:

Contact us
If you have any questions, comments or requests regarding this privacy policy please contact:
The Data Manager, GFS, Office 4012, Beyond Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London E1 8FA or you may email us.