Privacy policy

This privacy statement applies specifically to the MVSC web site, VolunteerMerton and to Merton Connected – MVSC’s online information resource for the voluntary, community and faith sectors. Collectively the two are referred to as ‘the web portal’ throughout this document.

The system contains public areas which may be viewed from any Internet connected computer or other device. It also contains areas which are restricted to access by MVSC. It's important to MVSC that its users retain their privacy when they take advantage of all that MVSC and its web portal has to offer.

Your privacy is important to us. We therefore operate on the basis of a number of principles:

Principle 1

The information you give us in registering your membership of the web portal will be stored securely. This web-site is hosted by a third party which is under an obligation to hold the information securely and confidentially in compliance with data protection legislation and is prohibited from making use of the information itself.

If any of the information you have given us changes at any time, you can directly update the record we store by logging in and making the appropriate changes. You can also set your own preferences for information receipt and can change these at any time. We may periodically contact you to obtain updated information, or to ensure that information held about you is correct.

Principle 2

MVSC will use this information to communicate with you. For example we may provide you with newsletters, activity information, advice, recommendations, funding or information on services that we think will interest you, according to the preferences you have determined. We will also use the information for our own internal administration and for statistical analysis.

Principle 3

We will share information about groups with other voluntary and charitable organisations, public sector bodies and other identified key partners unless you tell us not too. We will not share information regarding individuals who register with the site, with the exception of for volunteers and organisations involving volunteers on VolunteerMerton. On VolunteerMerton basic contact information (name, email address and phone number) is exchanged between volunteers and organisations involving volunteers at the point where volunteers have expressed an interest in volunteering and contact details are needed in order to get in touch. We will also share information in order to comply with our legal obligations, to enforce the terms and conditions of use of our web-site or to protect and defend the rights and interests or property of MVSC, or other members. We will only share information that we deem is appropriate and if we feel it is in your interests to do so.

Principle 4

As required by Data Protection legislation, MVSC has notified the Data Protection Commissioner of the types of information we hold, the purposes for which we hold it and the third parties to whom we may disclose it.

We are registered to hold, and share, information regarding your details for the following purposes:

Realising the objectives of a Charitable Organisation or Voluntary Body– recipients are yourselves; healthcare, social and welfare advisers; business associates, consultants and other professional advisors; employees and agents of the data controller; suppliers, providers of goods or services; persons making an enquiry or complaint; voluntary and charitable organisations; members including shareholders; customers and clients of the data controller for goods and services.

You may choose to opt out of making any information public at any time by notifying the administrator. Email

Principle 6

We reserve the right to amend this privacy statement. Should this happen, we will provided an updated statement on our website.

If you have questions regarding Data Protection and this policy, please e-mail