The GDPR and the Data Protection

Bill for Churches and Faith Organisations

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       You will doubtless be aware that the commencement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is looming. The GDPR will impact all churches, is unaffected by Brexit, and will come into force in the UK from 25 May 2018. In conjunction with Stone King, our longstanding Partner in Ministry, ACAT is holding half-day seminars in three different locations to give practical guidance on this new legislation, with particular relevance to churches and faith organisations.

We are extremely grateful that Vicki Bowles, Head of Knowledge Management, Charity & Social Enterprise Team, Stone King, is leading these seminars for us. Vicki’s background in regulation and charity law means that she brings a practical and sensitive approach, which is particularly helpful to ACAT members. Vicki says: -

All churches keep data on the members of their congregation, donors and planned givers, Electoral Rolls, and similar information.  This seminar will provide a General Introduction to the GDPR and the Data Protection Bill in a church context aimed at churches and faith organisations to help you prepare for the changes that will apply to your organisation from May 2018.

In this seminar we will talk about the legal framework and how the GDPR and the Data Protection Bill fit together. We will take you through the most relevant provisions of the GDPR with comments about the Bill and available guidance.

Registration for all seminars will begin at 10:00, with the seminar itself from 10:30 to 13:15. We anticipate that these seminars will be of interest to many members of the church leadership, not just the treasurer, hence we are incorporating a discount for multiple delegates from the same church. Prices include all materials and refreshments: -

1 delegate: £35; 2 delegates: £30 each; 3 or more delegates: £25 each

Please select the venue beneath that you wish to attend & click the button applicable to the number of delegates.

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Other areas we will cover include: -

GDPR consent issues (including a brief discussion of the legal basis for processing personal data), what the ‘legal basis for processing’ means, the legal basis which churches might use in different circumstances and what counts as adequate consent under the GDPR.

We will give you practical guidance on handling Subject Access Requests and outline the changes that will be required for GDPR compliance.

Target Audience: -

Senior Leadership Team, Trustees, Treasurers, Gift Aid Officers involved in GDPR compliance, those with specific data protection compliance responsibilities.  

8th March 2018

The Durham Centre

Belmont Industrial Estate



GDPR Seminar

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22nd  February 2018

Everyday Champions Centre

Unit 2 Jessop Close

Brunel Business Park

Newark NG24 2AG

GDPR Seminar

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24th March 2018

St Michael the Archangel Church Galmington



GDPR Seminar

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Due to popular demand, a further GDPR Seminar is offered in Taunton.  This will be led by ACAT trainers, but be based on material provided by Stone King.


GDPR Seminar

27th January 2018

UCL Institute of Education

20 Bedford Way,



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