Is my organisation or charity affected by GDPR? What is GDPR?

November 24, 2017

Categories: CAS announcements | Events | IT Services

General Data Protection Regulation exists to protect an individual’s personal data. GDPR was adopted on 27 April 2016 and becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018.

Your voluntary organisation or charity is highly likely to be collecting individuals’ personal data (either electronically or physically), therefore GDPR will affect you and you must be compliant by 25 May 2018.

Surveys have shown that small organisations are generally under-prepared for GDPR.

Community Action Suffolk is working in partnership with Prettys, a local firm of solicitors, offering a Masterclass to “Be prepared for GDPR” to the voluntary sector in Suffolk. You will learn how GDPR applies to you and how to comply with it when it comes into force.


VCSE sector Masterclass – Be prepared for GDPR

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018
Time: 10am to 12:15pm
Venue: Prettys, Solicitors, 25 Elm Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2AD
Cost: £40
Book your place here

Who should attend?
Anyone who holds data (electronically or physically) about individuals, e.g. employees, volunteers, supporters or service users. This masterclass will cover the following:

  • What is GDPR?
  • What is data and are we using data lawfully?
  • How do I audit my organisation for GDPR?
  • How do I make my organisation compliant for GDPR?

Meet the trainer

Matthew Cole is a partner in Prettys, who has for many years specialised in employment and related areas of the law, including information management and data protection. Prettys is a leading East Anglian law firm, providing services to individuals and organisations in and around Suffolk for over 110 years.


Other resources and reading

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

ICO advice service for small organisations

This dedicated advice line offers help to small organisations preparing for the new data protection law.

The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities. To access the new service dial the ICO helpline on 0303 123 1113 and select option 4 to be diverted to staff who can offer support.

As well as advice on preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation, callers can also ask questions about current data protection rules and other legislation regulated by the ICO including electronic marketing and Freedom of Information.