At Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society, we’re committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.

This Policy explains when and why we collect personal information about our residents, how we use it, the conditions under which we may disclose it to others and how we keep it secure.

We may change this Policy from time to time, so please check this page occasionally to ensure that you’re happy with any changes.

Any questions regarding this Policy and our privacy practices should be sent by email to  e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk or you can write to us at 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL. 

Who are we?

Abbeyfield Bristol and Keynsham Society is a registered charity (no. 257532) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 872566). Our registered address is 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL.

How we collect your information

Abbeyfield collects information from you via a variety of sources, including when you apply for one of our properties or services, complete one of our forms, when you call, write, e-mail or meet with us or respond to a survey. We may collect information when you use our social media sites or website.

We operate a CCTV system at our Hanham house for the detection and prevention of crime. It operates continuously and recordings are held for one month.

From time to time, we may operate CCTV / sound recording and / or use photography to capture evidence of alleged anti-social behaviour or crime.

We may also take photographs at our events, at our houses and in our communities to use for general marketing and publicity. However, photographs of individuals will only be used for those purposes with your consent.

We may receive information about you from third parties including:

• Your council or benefits office relating to your home.

  Prior landlords and credit agencies when you apply for your home.

• Welfare or support organisations dealing with you.

• Councillors, MPs or other representatives acting on your behalf/instruction.

• Financial institutions when you apply for our services.

Your doctor, care worker or social worker

What information we collect about you

The information we may require from you includes:

• Full name (and proof of your identity / photo ID).

       Date of birth

• National Insurance number (your unique identifier).

• Contact details (phone, e-mail or correspondence address).

• Details of anyone authorised to act on your behalf if applicable.

• Banking details 

• Other personal information that will vary on a case by case basis to help us resolve breach of tenancy, alleged anti-social behaviour or fraud.

Disabilities or vulnerabilities. We use this information to tailor our service to better meet your particular circumstances and needs. We may use this information for safeguarding of staff.

Financial information.

Health and medical information.  We may use this information to tailor our service to better meet your particular circumstances or needs.  We may use this information for safeguarding of staff.

• Other additional Personal Data, as required

If you do not provide the information we need then we may not be able to provide all our services to you.

What processing we do with the information collected

The information we require from you is used to manage your tenancy or other contract between you and Abbeyfield. Please read your contract carefully for specific details as ‘performance of a contract’ is usually the lawful basis for Abbeyfield processing your information and carrying out our activities.

The processing activities we conduct can be summarised as:

Managing your account charges and payments, including arrears.

• Managing the repairs, maintenance and adaptations of our properties.

• Ensuring tenancy (or contract) conditions are complied with, such as dealing with anti-social behaviour or fraud.

• Complying with relevant legislation and regulation.

Abbeyfield conducts surveys periodically relating to our services in order to gauge satisfaction and make improvements based on feedback.

Abbeyfield operates a range of information and communications systems and technologies for efficient operation of the business. Personal information is stored and managed within those systems which are maintained to achieve a high level of confidentiality, ontegrity and availability including following best practice cyber security standards.

We hold information in IT systems which may be copied for testing, backup, archiving and disaster recovery purposes. All data is held within the UK.

Additional services

Abbeyfield has a number of volunteers who may assist with the running of our houses or provide assistance to residents.  Where your personal information is needed by the volunteer(s), we will notify you about the voluntary offering being provided.

Property information

We are usually happy to provide you with answers to questions you may have about the home you are living in and work done to it.

As soon as your name, contact details or other personal information is used in conjunction with property information, such as to complete a property repair visit, then this is treated as personal information.

How we will communicate with you

Abbeyfield needs to communicate with our residents and this will usually be in person, in writing or by telephone, and more infrequently, electronically.

We will only discuss or communicate your tenancy or lease details with those named on the agreement or those authorised (temporarily or permanently) by you – for example, a family member. You can authorise someone temporarily verbally over the phone or permanently in writing.

Who we share data with and how long we keep information

Abbeyfield shares limited personal data with our contractors who are carrying out services on our behalf. Our contractors are required to comply with the law and our own Data Processing Agreement to ensure data is managed appropriately and for specified purposes,[ including the completion of emergency, responsive or planned property repairs].

Abbeyfield may need to share personal information with government departments and agencies, with our regulator and auditors, with medical professionals, utility companies or with other organisations and agencie, such as TV Licensing, where we are legally allowed or obliged to do so.

Information relating to a tenancy or lease agreement will be kept for as long as the agreement is active or where money is owed on the account, and for a period not exceeding six years afterwards.

What we will not do

We will not send you unsolicited marketing material. We will not sell your personal data on to third parties.

We will not pass on your personal data to unrelated third parties, unless we are allowed or required to do so by law or we have your explicit permission to do that.

We will not transfer or store your personal data outside of Europe (the European Economic Area) outside of the control of the UK / European regulations.

Your rights, the right to complain, and the ICO

You have the right to request a copy of the data we hold about you.  If you wish to request access to any of your personal data, please request a Data Subject Access Request form by emailing us at

  HYPERLINK “mailto:e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk” e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk or writing to us at 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL. 

We will respond within one month of your making a request.

It will always help if you can be as specific about what personal data you want to see, what it relates to and within what timeframe, as that will assist our search.

You have the right to correct information that we hold. Please advise us of any changes or corrections by emailing us at  HYPERLINK “mailto:e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk” e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk or writing to us at 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL. 

You may withdraw your consent to use any information that was previously provided to us with your consent. Please advise us if you wish to withdraw any consent previously given by emailing us at

  HYPERLINK “mailto:e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk” e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk or writing to us at 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL. 

You also have other rights which can be seen by visiting the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website and reading about Data Protection law at HYPERLINK “https://ico.org.uk/”https://ico.org.uk/

You have the right to complain about any matter relating to our service, including how we use your personal data.  In the first instance please refer to our Complaints Policy, which is available in your house office or by emailing us at  HYPERLINK “mailto:e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk” e-mail@abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk, or writing to us at 29 Alma Vale Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 2HL. 

If you wish to complain about our use of your personal data, you should contact the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) at HYPERLINK “https://ico.org.uk/”https://ico.org.uk/.

Further information

For further information about Abbeyfield, please see our website at www.abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk (which includes website terms & conditions, and information about website cookies).

Changes to our Privacy Notice

Just to remind you, our Privacy Policy is regularly kept up to date and this version was updated in May 2018. Please check this Policy from time to time, to ensure you understand and are happy with any changes we may make.

The latest full version is always available from our website at www.abbeyfield-bristol.co.uk.