Privacy Policy

Ecologia Youth Trust Privacy Notice

This Notice sets out the details of Ecologia Youth Trust’s (EYT) privacy notice in relation to personal data held about you. This notice forms part of EYT’s compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). EYT’s work with children and young people, volunteers and supporters means we are party to personal data (i.e. information which, either on its own or when combined with other information held by EYT, identifies a living individual). We take your privacy, your rights around your personal data, and the security of personal data you have shared with us, very seriously. As such we have a range of measures in place to ensure the security and privacy of your data, which are detailed below.

Who we are

Ecologia Youth Trust

66 The Park



IV36 3TD

We are registered as a Scottish Charity, and our registration number is: SC023976. Any electronic communications with you will be made in accordance with the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR).

What information do we hold about you?

We hold the personal information that you may volunteer to us as:
• A supporter of/fundraiser for/donor to EYT;
• A member of EYT staff, contractor or supplier;
• A paying volunteer with one of our overseas youth projects;
• A young person within one of our overseas youth projects;
• A customer of our independent travel booking services;
• A young person, or parent of a young person, taking part in our Growing2gether project in the UK; Updated April 2019 2
• A party that has expressed any other interest in EYT through correspondence with us (via emails, the website contact form, telephone calls and paper correspondence).

We do not source personal information from other sources, public or private. Personal information we hold, as provided by you, may include (where applicable):
• your name, title, gender and date of birth;
• postal address, email address and phone number;
• your job title and organisation’s name and contact details, where applicable;
• the nature of your interest in the charity;
• contact preferences;
• bank details, where applicable;
• Gift Aid status, where applicable;
• details of correspondence sent to you, or received from you;
• any other information provided by yourself, including at the request of EYT;
• National Insurance numbers, in the case of staff;
• name, title, postal address, email address and phone number of legal guardians, in the case of children within EYT projects, and information on children including school attended, date of birth, ethnicity and health.

Specifically in relation to independent travel bookings, we hold the following information as requested at the time of booking:

• passport details
• for travel to Russia, information contained within Invitations for visas and visas
• insurance information
• details contained within booking forms
• any general correspondence regarding bookings.

Specifically in relation to volunteer bookings, we hold the same information as for travel bookings above, plus the following information requested from volunteers at the time of application:
• details contained within volunteers’ booking forms and introductory
questionnaires, including health information
• details contained within volunteers’ CVs
• details of air tickets
• emergency contact details
• signed insurance and liability Indemnity forms
• parental consent forms (which includes indemnity for under 18s)
• references
• photographs
• EYT invoices
• results of police checks
• bank details, where required to make a refund
Updated April 2019 3
• any other general correspondence between EYT and volunteers.

When we ask you to provide your personal information we will let you know why weare asking, and how we will use your data, by directing you towards this notice.

What do we do with your information?

Depending on your relationship with EYT, and the preferences you have indicated, data we hold may be used by us to:
• provide you with news and updates (by electronic means or by post, depending on the means of communication requested) to provide you with the information you have asked for on:
o EYT’s activities and achievements, upcoming events, volunteering programmes and other information of interest;
o our fundraising operations, including requests to consider giving financial support to EYT, or to ask you to consider supporting us in other ways;
o information is distributed via our twice-yearly newsletter and other marketing material;
• meet contractual obligations/pay suppliers/contractors for services received;
• fulfil services requested by customers (i.e. paying volunteers and independent travel bookings) to meet contractual obligations;
• identify contact information for specific people/skills so that EYT can effectively engage with interested parties/relevant stakeholders and further the aims of the charity;
• Send other relevant communications based upon your relationship with EYT.

We may also undertake research, gathering information from publicly available resources, to help us identify potential future funding organisations or organisations that may wish to participate in or promote EYT’s youth projects, for example, schools and universities. We would contact such parties by email, telephone or postal means.

As per the requirements of GDPR, we have identified the ‘legal basis’ for all personal data held by EYT, as follows:
• ‘consent’ for individuals’ personal data held within our database and electronic mailing list i.e. consent has been given by you, and ‘legitimate interests’ for personal data held within our postal mailing list our database and mailing list i.e. consent has been given by you;
• ‘consent’ for personal data of young people participating within EYT projects, from a legal guardian, and ‘legitimate interest’ for other data obtained directly from monitoring the project outcomes;
• ‘contract’ for details of employed staff, contract staff and suppliers;

• ‘legitimate interests’ i.e. furthering the aims of the charity, where we contact organisations identified through research;
• ‘legitimate interests’ for email addresses held for people who have chosen to make contact with EYT;
• ‘legitimate interests’ for personal data held for volunteers and independent travel bookings.

We will hold your data until such time that you request we delete it, we receive a non-delivery notification for electronic communications, or we no longer require it for furthering the aims of the charity.You can opt out of any/all of our communications at any point by contacting us at (or the postal address below).

Who we might share your information with?

EYT only shares personal data where absolutely necessary, in order to deliver the aims of the charity.
EYT shares personal data, as necessary, with other relevant third parties in order to facilitate volunteer bookings and independent travel bookings for customers. Third parties include: embassies, insurance providers, airlines and hotels. And additionally, in the case of volunteer bookings, EYT shares appropriate personal data with the relevant EYT supported projects overseas, and with police/authorities for running checks in order to ensure the safety of children within EYT projects.
EYT’s website links to a number of third party websites, such as Go Fund Me, Virgin Money Giving and PayPal, as a means of facilitating donations and purchases. Any personal data involved in these transactions is provided directly by you to these organisations, and is not held by EYT. EYT’s mailing list is managed via an online platform, Mailchimp, and as such contact details are shared with this organisation. All such third parties are also bound by the GDPR, and have their own Privacy Notices explaining how they comply. EYT shares personal data on participants in our youth projects, as necessary, with partner schools and education authorities. Your data will never be sold or passed to any third party for any other purpose.

How we keep your information secure and private

We have implemented security procedures and technical measures to protect the personal data that we have from:
• unauthorised access;
• improper use or disclosure;
• unauthorised modification.

Measures include:
• all data is held on our computers in the UK and may only be accessed by individuals contracted to work for EYT;
• access to data by EYT staff is limited to that which is necessary for them to undertake their contracted responsibilities;
• documents containing personal data are password protected;
• data is only held for as long as necessary, and where it is no longer relevant, up to date or necessary, it is deleted (in the case of electronic data) or destroyed (in the case of data held in paper files);
• EYT continually reviews best practice technological options for ensuring security and privacy of data, including for electronic file storage and sharing, email communications, website, database and any other systems in use to process data.
• all our employees, who have access to, and are associated with the processing of personal data, are legally obliged to respect the confidentiality of this data.

Website cookies

Cookies are pieces of data containing a unique, anonymous identifier, created when you visit a site. They are stored in the cookie directory of your hard drive and do not necessarily expire at the end of your session. Cookies used by the EYT website contain no personal information about the user, nor does our website elicit or store any information from users other than the Internet Protocol address of the computer used to access the site. We use cookies for tracking our site statistics with Google Analytics.
Users may safely turn off cookies without affecting how pages are displayed. Adjusting your web browser settings can disable cookies. However, if you choose not to accept cookies, some parts of our web site may not work properly.

Cookies help us:
• make our website work as you’d expect;
• remember your settings during and between visits;
• improve the speed/security of the site;
• allow you to share pages with social networks;
• continuously improve our website for you.

We do not use cookies to:
• collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission);
• collect any sensitive information (without your express permission);
• pass personally identifiable data to third parties;
• pay sales commissions.

Children’s Personal Information

We are committed to protecting the privacy rights of all children under 18 whom we support through our project partners, or who may volunteer or fundraise for us (please see our Child Protection Policy for more information). In addition children in our G2G project are protected under the ‘Highland Schools Child Safeguarding Policy (adapted for Ecologia Youth Trust’s Growing2gether programme in
partnership with secondary schools)’. Whenever we require personal information relating to a child, we will always seek the consent of a legal guardian first.

How can I access the information about me, and request correction of information?

You can ask us if we are keeping any personal data about you and you can also request to receive a copy of that personal data – this is called a Subject Access Request. To make a Subject Access Request you will need to provide proof of identity. You will receive a response from us within 40 days. At any time you may request that we delete or correct your personal information. Subject Access Requests and requests for deletion or correction should be sent to (or to the postal address below).

Further information, concerns and complaints

Should you have any concerns about our approach to data protection we would be happy to discuss these. If you require further information you may contact the UK’s independent body: The Information Commissioner’s Office. For further details please see

Changes to our privacy notice

We regularly review our privacy notice, and may make changes time to time. Any changes made will be posted to this page, and will apply from the time we post them. This privacy notice was last changed on 9th February 2019.

How to contact us

If you have any comments or queries on our privacy notice, or information we hold about you, please contact us by post or email at:

Ecologia Youth Trust
66 The Park
IV36 3TD


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susie Kemp

Susie has 30+ experience as a creative copywriter, editor, and proofreader, starting out as a 20-year-old copywriter in the Mad Men world of early 1990s advertising in South Africa. Ever since, she’s had a love affair with creative conceptualisation, thinking outside of the box, writing to a deadline, and being thrown in the deep end!

She took an MSc in Publishing at Edinburgh Napier University as a mature student, in 2015, and continues to keep herself busy working as a copy-editor, proofreader and copywriter in book publishing, corporate communications, and publishing project management.

Apart from her love of working with independent authors, Susie has a fondness for working in the third sector and likes to use her corporate communications and marketing experience to support projects close to her heart. She has lived and worked in the Findhorn area for 25 years, and has been involved in a number of third sector projects and organisations, and family businesses.

Working at Ecologia Youth Trust helps Susie to live in integrity with her values of supporting the next generation to be the best that they can be, and she sees it as a way to give back to Mama Africa, the beloved continent on which she was born.

Ellen Shaw

Ellen joined the Ecologia team in June 2018 as Marketing and Communications Manager. Ellen has lived in Scotland for 6 years and has worked for non-profit and charitable organisations across varied fields. She currently shares her passion for helping young people through Ecologia Youth Trust and she works as a dancer and dance teacher in her spare time.

Robyn Cooper

Robyn is the Associate Director of International Projects, having previously worked within the team as a Project Development and Marketing Officer from April 2019 until May 2021. As Associate Director, Robyn is co-leading the International side of Ecologia with Founder and Director, Liza Hollingshead, bringing a new energy into Ecologia as they look towards the future of the charity.

Liza Hollingshead

Liza is the founder of Ecologia and Director of International Projects. She was born and educated in South Africa and worked there as a high school teacher. She moved to live in the Findhorn Community in 1974. She started Ecologia in 1995 after being introduced to Dmitry Morozov, the founder of Kitezh Children’s Community in Russia, and was inspired to support the community in its mission to rescue orphaned children from institutions and give them homes, families and education in a supportive environment.

This led to projects supporting disadvantaged youth and children in South East Asia and in East Africa. TRead more about Liza’s story here.