Privacy, Cookies & Terms of Use

Who we are

Since 2012, 20schemes (“we”, “our”, “us”) have sought to plant and revitalise healthy, gospel-preaching churches in Scotland’s poorest communities, known as schemes. We are a ministry of Niddrie Community Church, a charity registered in Scotland (SC042804). Our registered address is Niddrie Community Church, 12 Hay Drive, Edinburgh, EH16 4RY.

20schemes respects your privacy (“you”) and we recognise the need for appropriate protections and management of your personal information. When we, and our service providers, collect and use your personal information and special category data, we are the data controller for the purpose of Data Protection Legislation (defined below).

We treat all our supporters, volunteers, staff and partners in line with our Christian ethos and values, and we welcome any feedback on any of our actions.


We have prepared this Privacy Notice to assist you in understanding what personal information we collect about you and how that information is used by us and by third parties.

Key Terms

When we refer to Data Protection Legislation we mean the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (“GDPR”); and any legislation implemented by the UK to give effect to the derogations permitted under the GDPR.

Personal information is information that can be used to identify or contact a specific individual, such as a name, address, telephone number, email address, etc., and also online identifiers and location data such as IP addresses and mobile device IDs.

Special category data means personal information revealing your racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or philosophical beliefs; or trade union membership; genetic data; biometric data; data related to your health or data concerning your sex life or sexual orientation; and criminal convictions or involvement in criminal proceedings.

data controller is someone who decides why personal data is to be collected and how it will be used and treated.

Cookies policy

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites.

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Continuously improve our website for you

We do not use cookies to:

  • Store any personal data
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

Visitor statistics cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular devices), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. Analytics programs, like Google Analytics, also tell us how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend. The data collected by Google is set to auto-delete after 14 months.

Turning cookies off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies. However, doing this will be likely to limit the functionality of our website and probably a large proportion of the world’s websites, as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites.

terms of use

This notice describes the Terms of Use for access to 20schemes website(s).

By visiting our website(s) you are accepting the practices described in this disclaimer. If you do not accept these Terms of Use, you should not continue to use the 20schemes website(s).

a) This website is provided by 20schemes on an “as is” basis. We make no representations or warranties of any kind express or implied as to the operation of this site or the information content materials or products included on this site. You agree that your use of this site is at your sole risk.

b) Unless otherwise specified, the services provided on this website are for your sole personal and non-commercial use. You may not copy, distribute, modify, display, publish or sell any information, artwork, products or services obtained from the website.

c) To the full extent permissible by applicable law, 20schemes disclaims all warranties express or implied including but not limited to implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

d) 20schemes does not warrant that this website, it’s servers or e-mails sent from 20schemes are free from viruses or other harmful components.

e) 20schemes will not be liable for any damages of any kind arising from the use of this website including but not limited to damages for consequential loss.

f) You may not use bulletin boards, chatrooms or other interactive areas on this site (if any) for unlawful, questionable or immoral purposes.

g) These exclusions of liability will not apply to any damages arising from death or personal injury caused by the negligence of 20schemes or any of its employees or agents.

h) All material on this website, unless otherwise credited to the relevant copyright owner with appropriate permission, is the Intellectual Property (IP) of 20schemes.

i) These Terms of Use shall be governed by the laws of Scotland. Disputes arising here from shall be exclusively subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of Scotland.

j) Your use of the 20schemes website(s) is subject to these Terms of Use, from the first time you access the site(s). If you do not accept these Terms of Use, you should not continue to use the 20schemes website(s).

privacy notice

This notice describes our Privacy Policy. By visiting our website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy.

We aim to be clear, concise and transparent. If you have any questions, please email [email protected], or phone 0131 669 9400.

What personal information does 20schemes collect about you?

We securely store information you have provided to us on third-party client management systems (CMS). The type of information stored would be things like:

  • Basic personal information. This may include your name, address, email address, date of birth, etc. We use this data to contact you in line with your preferences.
  • Booking information for events. In addition to the above, it may include church information, dietary requirements and health information. We need this data to run our events smoothly and keep people safe.
  • Volunteering information. This may include details of relevant certifications you hold, availability, references and a statement of your faith. We need this data to accredit our volunteers for events and ensure they’re a good fit for their roles.
  • Donor information. This may include bank details, Gift Aid declarations and donation history. We need this information to process donations.

This information may be collected via paper forms, or digitally, e.g., via our third-party CMS systems, Mailchimp, or by email.

We may also store some information not directly provided by you:

  • Cookies
  • PVG
  • Mail returns
  • Mailchimp

We may access publicly available information (e.g., Companies House records), or use trusted external providers to do this on our behalf more cost-effectively, to personalise communication and to ensure requests for funds are appropriate and do not cause offence. You can opt out of this processing at any time.

Do we share your personal information?

20schemes shares information with only trusted third parties and/or suppliers in order to deliver postal communications, such as appeal letters, email communications like our monthly e-News, and carry out activities which enable our charitable purpose. This information is only available to these partners in order to fulfil those tasks.

Disclosure of your information

We may disclose information in special cases when we have reason to believe that disclosing this information is:

  • necessary to comply with the law
  • to enforce or apply our Terms and Conditions
  • to protect our rights and those of our users


Where there are links on our site to other sites, the content of those linked sites is not covered by this privacy policy. These other sites will have separate privacy and data collection practices. We do not have responsibility or liability for these independent policies. Links to other sites are provided by us for information only and in good faith. We are not responsible or liable for any content advertisement, product or other materials on or available from such sites.

Can I access any personal information you hold on me?

Access to your personal data is subject to GDPR. This is called a Subject Access Request. You can request access to this information at any time. You can request data is corrected, amended or removed, and can request that data is no longer processed.

You can submit a Subject Access Request by emailing [email protected]. You can also submit a request by post, to:

Data Protection Officer
Niddrie Community Church
EH16 4RY

On requesting your data, we will issue a form for you to complete and return to us. Once we have received your completed form, we will respond to your request within 30 calendar days. 

On what basis can you contact me and retain my data?

We are using legitimate interest as the legal basis for holding our existing supporters’ details, administering donations, keeping relevant records, providing news and information about our ministry and asking for financial and non-financial support (e.g., volunteering or praying) by postal mailings.

20schemes will use Legitimate Interest Assessments (LIA) to ensure that the principles of data protection are followed and will ensure that a clear opt-out opportunity is included in each mailing. Our legitimate interests include furthering our charitable objectives and providing the service our supporters reasonably expect. We rely on explicit consent to send electronic newsletters and appeals to supporters who have indicated they are happy to receive these communications.

Data retention

We will keep your information for as long as required to enable us to operate our services, but we will not keep your information for any longer than is necessary. We will take into consideration our legal obligations and industry standards or best practice when determining how long we should retain your information.

Once your information is no longer required for business purposes and has reached the end of its recommended retention period, we will ensure that it is securely disposed of.

What options do I have?

Some information is necessary to provide services, e.g., your email address is needed if you want to receive communications by email, and health information is necessary for events.

Other information may be required by law.

Other information is optional, but may affect our ability to communicate with you, or affect your ability to fully participate in our ministry.

To edit any data we hold about you, withdraw your consent to our processing, or opt out of any mailings, please email [email protected], or phone 0131 669 9400.

Terms and Conditions, notices and revisions

Your use of the 20schemes website and any dispute over privacy is subject to this policy and our Terms of Use, including limitations on damages, and application of Scottish law. If you have any concern about privacy at SU Scotland, please email [email protected] and we will try to resolve it.

Our service to you evolves over time. This Policy and the Terms of Use will also change, and use of information that we gather now is subject to the Privacy Policy in effect at the time of use. The current Privacy Policy can always be found at

This privacy policy was last updated in May 2023.

Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the Cookies Policy, Terms of Use or Privacy Notice, please contact the Data Protection Officer using the contact details below.

If you wish to update your personal information and/or if you want to change the way we contact you, please use the contact details below.

Address: 20schemes c/o Niddrie Community Church, Niddrie, Edinburgh, EH16 4RY
Phone: 0131 669 9400
Email: [email protected]

If you are unhappy with how we handle your personal information, please contact the Data Protection Officer using the contact details above; and/or notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). For more information visit: