A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that are placed on your computer to enable us to distinguish you from other users visiting our website. The purpose of this is to help us to provide you with a better experience when you browse our site. You can find out more below about the session cookies and analytical cookies we use and how you can opt out.
These ‘first-party’ cookies are used by our domain and allow us to ensure that our website functions correctly and operates efficiently when you use it.
Session cookies expire once you have closed our website and are not stored once your visit has ended. They are generally not considered to be invasive of your privacy.
This type of cookie allows us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our site and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, (e.g. by ensuring that users can find what they are looking for easily).
For instance, the use of website analytics software (e.g. Google Analytics) enables the charity to understand why visitors may be interested in accessing our webpages to ensure we can deliver the most user-friendly and relevant content as possible.
To opt out of being included in the Google Analytics, you can visit this webpage for more information.
Many third-party cookies expire after your website session has been closed (e.g. cookies set by the CloudFlare service to identify trusted web traffic – this does not identify individual users in the web application, nor does it store any personally identifiable information).
However, some may store content for a set period after the web session has ended. For instance, cookies used by Google to distinguish unique website users may be stored up to one year before expiring.
Some cookies added to the web session from social media feeds (e.g. Twitter) expire after the session ends, while others can be kept up to 4 months after the web session has closed. These cookies are used to identify the type of referral used by the visitor to reach the website (i.e. where did the visitor come from). This could be via a direct method such as a referring web link, a website search, or a campaign such as an advert or email newsletter link. The cookie is used to calculate search engine traffic, advert campaigns and page navigation within our website.
While our first-party cookies work to maximise your user experience on our pages, you are under no obligation to allow this use on your computer and can opt out of third-party cookies and our use of the ‘complianceCookie’ anytime.
*Please note that if you wish to make any online purchases, cookies must be enabled for a transaction to take place.
1. Google Chrome: While in Chrome, click on the ‘Settings’ tab, then the ‘Show Advanced Settings’ tab. Next, select ‘Content Settings’ and check the box for ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’.
2. Mozilla Firefox: In Firefox's ‘Privacy’ panel, click on the area next to the Firefox wall and select ‘Use Custom Settings for History’. Once selected, remove the checkmark in the ‘Accept Cookies’ box.
3. Edge: Open the Microsoft Edge. Click on the ‘More Actions’ button on the toolbar, and select ‘Settings’. Search for ‘View Advanced Settings’ and click on it under the ‘Cookies’ section, select to Block cookies. Restart Edge.
4. Internet Explorer: Open Internet Explorer and click the ‘Tools’ button. Next, click ‘Internet Options’ and select the ‘Privacy’ tab. Under ‘Settings’, move the slider to the top to block all cookies.