Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes (the NFWI). This privacy notice provides information about the different types of personal information that we collect and the ways in which we use it, although please note that not all of this will be applicable to you. If in doubt please feel free to check by contacting us using the contact details included at clause 11.

1. Who are we?

The Women’s Institute (WI) was formed in 1915 to revitalise rural communities and encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. Since then the organisation’s aims have broadened and the WI is now the largest voluntary women’s organisation in the UK.

The WI is a three-tiered organization:

  • The NFWI is the national charity, set up to represent WI members across the UK and provide guidance and support to federations and WIs. The NFWI board provides overall leadership to the WI organisation.
  • Federations are charities providing opportunities for various activities for WI members in their region. There are 69 federations across England, Wales and the Islands.
  • WIs are independent local charities open to any women over the age of 18. There are approximately 6,300 WIs across England, Wales and the Islands.

The Farleighs’s WI is a local WI.  Our charity registration no. 803793.

This privacy notice covers the use of personal information by both the NFWI and WIE Ltd. and we will clarify in what circumstances WIE Ltd. uses your personal information. We also explain how your personal information is shared across the organisation.

2. When do we collect personal information about you?

We may hold information relating to you from a number of sources, and will collect personal information about you:

  1. When you give it to us directly
    For example, personal information that you submit through our website by signing up to a newsletter, contacting us through the “Contact Us” form, making a donation, or any personal data that you share with us when you communicate with us by email, phone or post.
  2. When  it is entered into the MCS by your WI or federation
    Your WI’s MCS Rep will store your membership details in the Membership Communication System (MCS). Please refer to clause 6 for more information on the MCS.
  3. When you visit one of our websites
    The NFWI uses cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your experience on our website and this can involve collecting personal data. Please refer to our Cookies Policy for details on the way our use of cookies may affect your personal data.
  4. When you make a purchase through our online shop
    WIE Ltd. will collect your personal information in order to fulfil any purchase of services or goods you make through our online shop.

3. What personal information do we use?

We will collect, store and otherwise process the following information as part of your WI membership:

  1. Your name and postal address

In addition we may collect, store and otherwise process the following kinds of personal information:

  1. Additional contact details including your email address, telephone number(s), and social media identities if you opt to provide them;
  2. Information about our services which you use, such as attendance at NFWI events and meetings with NFWI staff that you have attended and the status of your WI membership; and
  3. Your communication preferences;
  4. Your curriculum vitae and employment experience if you apply for a job with us;
  5. Information about your computer/ mobile device and your visits to and use of this website, including, for example, your IP address and geographical location;
  6. WIE Ltd. will collect information about your order (but not your financial information) when you make a purchase through our online shop; and
  7. Any other personal information you choose to share with us.

Special categories of data

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recognises certain categories of personal information as sensitive, and therefore requiring more protection. These categories of data include information about your health, ethnicity and political opinions.

In certain situations, the NFWI may collect and/or use special categories of data (for example in order to make adjustments for any disabilities or dietary requirements you may have when attending our events, or to provide an audio version of our magazine WI Life). We will only process these special categories of data if there is a valid reason for doing so and where the GDPR allows us to do so. For instance, we will usually seek your explicit consent to use such data.

4. How we use your personal information

The NFWI may use your personal information:

  1. to provide you with services, products or information (such as WI Life magazine) that you have requested;
  2. to provide access to “member-only” services such as My WI and WI Training;
  3. to provide updates about our work, services, activities, publications or products (where necessary, and only where you have provided your consent to receive such information such as explicitly subscribing to a specific newsletter);
  4. to invite you to NFWI events we feel that you might be interested in;
  5. to process your donations;
  6. to answer your questions/ requests and communicate with you in general;
  7. to further our charitable aim in general, including for fundraising activities and asking for volunteer support;
  8. to analyse and improve our work, services, activities, products or information (including our website) or for our internal records;
  9. to process your application for a job when you apply by contacting us via our website;
  10. to audit and/ or administer our accounts;
  11. to include your contribution in the WI Life Magazine or one of our websites if you contact us with content;
  12. to satisfy legal obligations which are binding on us, for example in relation to law enforcement requests or due diligence checks before accepting major donations;
  13. for the prevention of fraud or misuse of service; and
  14. for the establishment, defence of enforcement of legal claims.

WIE Ltd. will also use your personal information to fulfil the purchases you make through the online shop.

5. Lawful processing

We are required to rely on one or more lawful grounds to collect and use the personal information that we have outlined above. We consider the grounds listed below to be relevant:

  1. Consent
    Where you have provided your consent for our use of your personal information in a certain way, for example where we ask for your consent to send you a newsletter.
  2. Legal obligation
    Where the processing of your personal information is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation to which we are subject.
  3. Contractual relationship
    Where it is necessary for us to process your personal information in order to perform a contract to which you are a party (or to take steps at your request prior to entering a contract), for example WIE Ltd. relies on this ground in order to fulfil any order you make in the online shop.
  4. Legitimate interests
    We rely on this basis where applicable law allows us to collect and use personal information for our legitimate interests and the use of your personal information is fair, balanced, and does not unduly impact your rights. For instance, it is in our legitimate interest to promote the aims and objectives of the NFWI and to use the personal data of members in order to do so.

6. Membership Communication System (MCS) Database

When you become a member of the WI, your local representative provides us with your personal information and it is stored on the MCS database which we are responsible for. The MCS database is our internal database of all WI members  and is only accessible to your WIs MCS Rep and Federation and NFWI staff, who will use the information to administer your WI membership (for example to send you copies of WI Life, or if you have provided your email address to authenticate your WI membership allowing you to access My WI and WI Training). If you are an officer, a committee member or have another role within the WI we also use your information to assist in the administration of those roles.

Please note that you are in full control of the information held in the MCS. If you would like to update any of your details, or would like to see the information held within the MCS please speak to your WI’s MCS Rep.

7. Do we share your personal information?

The NFWI will not sell, rent or lease your personal information to others. However, we may disclose your personal information to selected third party processors (such as agents or sub-contractors) for the purposes outlined at clause 4. The third party in question will be obligated to use any personal data they receive in accordance with our instructions. For instance, we engage a third party to carry out audits on the way our magazine, WI Life, is received. We also engage a third party to host and maintain our MCS database and other websites.

We also use a third party provider, MailChimp, to send out our newsletters (for example the NFWI Public Affairs Digest and NFWI-Wales Public Affairs Digest). When you sign up to one of our newsletters your email address and if provided, name is sent directly to MailChimp.

We also use a third party provider, SurveyMonkey,to facilitate our surveys. The information you provide is sent directly to SurveyMonkey.

We also use a third party provider, Disqus, to provide commenting functionality on My WI. Your name, email address and IP address is shared with Disqus when a comment is added to an article on My WI.

We also use a third party supplier, Zendesk, to provide the helpdesk software we use to support My WI. This includes the “Help?” widget shown across My WI. When you submit a request for help your name, email address and any other personal information you share in your request will be sent directly to Zendesk.

When you buy items in our online shop, your contact details and information about your order (not your financial details) are sent to authorised staff. Your financial details are collected by Worldpay directly via their website, subject to their standard security measures, and are not retained by us. We also engage a third party fulfilment house to deliver the products you purchase through the online shop.

We reserve the right to disclose your personal information to third parties:

  1. when you provide your personal information in our contact form, the form may be forwarded to the appropriate regional contact, such as a local federation office, member of staff or volunteer, in order to accommodate your request;
  2. for auditing purposes e.g. finance audits where we employ chartered accountants;
  3. if we are under any legal or regulatory obligation to do so; and
  4. in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights.

8. Your rights and preferences

The NFWI may contact you by post unless you request otherwise, and by telephone, email, social media or other electronic means depending on the communication preferences you have previously indicated.

Where we rely on your consent to use your personal information, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.

When we use your personal information you have the right to:

  1. Ask us for confirmation of what personal information we hold about you, and to request a copy of that information. If we are satisfied that you have a legal entitlement to see this personal information, and we are able to confirm your identity, we will provide you with this personal information.
  2. Request that we delete the personal information we hold about you, as far as we are legally required to do so
  3. Ask that we correct any personal information that we hold about you which you believe to be inaccurate.
  4. Object to the processing of your personal information where we: (i) process on the basis of the legitimate interests ground; (ii) use the personal information for direct marketing; or (iii) use the personal information for statistical purposes.
  5. Ask for the provision of your personal information in a machine-readable format to either yourself or a third party, provided that the personal information in question has been provided to us by you, and is being processed by us: (i) in reliance on your consent; or (ii) because it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which you are party; and in either instance, we are processing it using automated means.
  6. Ask for processing of your personal information to be restricted if there is disagreement about its accuracy or legitimate usage.

At any point you can request to unsubscribe from any NFWI newsletters you have subscribed to, or remove your personal information from the database by contacting us using the details listed in clause 11.

Please note that where you ask us to delete your personal information we will maintain a skeleton record comprising your name and contact details to ensure that we do not inadvertently contact you in the future.  We may also need to retain some financial records for statutory purposes, for example Gift Aid.

Please note that you also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at

9. Other websites

The NFWI is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of linked web sites. Please review the privacy notices of such websites.

10. Updating this privacy notice

The NFWI may update this privacy notice by posting a new version on this website. If we update this privacy notice in a way that significantly changes how we use your personal information, we will bring these changes to your attention. Otherwise, we would recommend that you periodically review this privacy notice to be aware of any other revisions.

11. How to contact us

The NFWI’s Privacy Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to personal information.  You can also contact the Privacy Officer if you have any questions about this privacy notice or our treatment of your personal information:


Telephone: 01622 726337

Post: FAO Privacy Officer,  The WI Hall, Forge Lane, East Farleigh, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 0HG