Cookies In Use on This Site

Cookies and how they Benefit You

Our website uses cookies, as almost all websites do, to help provide you with the best experience we can.
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer or mobile phone when you browse websites

Our cookies help us:

  • Make our website work as you’d expect
  • Save you having to login every time you visit the site
  • Remember your settings during and between visits
  • Improve the speed/security of the site
  • Allow you to share pages with social networks like Facebook
  • Continuously improve our website for you
  • Make our marketing more efficient (ultimately helping us to offer the service we do at the price we do)

We do not use cookies to:

  • Collect any personally identifiable information (without your express permission)
  • Collect any sensitive information (without your express permission)
  • Pass data to advertising networks
  • Pass personally identifiable data to third parties
  • Pay sales commissions

You can learn more about all the cookies we use below

Granting us permission to use cookies

If the settings on your software that you are using to view this website (your browser) are adjusted to accept cookies we take this, and your continued use of our website, to mean that you are fine with this. Should you wish to remove or not use cookies from our site you can learn how to do this below, however doing so will likely mean that our site will not work as you would expect.

More about our Cookies

Website Function Cookies

Our own cookies

We use cookies to make our website work including:

  • Determining if you are logged in or not
  • Remembering your search settings
  • Remembering if you have accepted our terms and conditions
  • Allowing you to add comments to our site
  • Remembering your preferences such as colours, text size and layout

There is no way to prevent these cookies being set other than to not use our site.

Third party functions

Our site, like most websites, includes functionality provided by third parties. A common example is an embedded YouTube video. Our site includes the following which use cookies:

Disabling these cookies will likely break the functions offered by these third parties

Social Website Cookies

So you can easily “Like” or share our content on the likes of Facebook and Twitter we have included sharing buttons on our site.

Cookies are set by:

The privacy implications on this will vary from social network to social network and will be dependent on the privacy settings you have chosen on these networks.

Anonymous Visitor Statistics Cookies

We use cookies to compile visitor statistics such as how many people have visited our website, what type of technology they are using (e.g. Mac or Windows which helps to identify when our site isn’t working as it should for particular technologies), how long they spend on the site, what page they look at etc. This helps us to continuously improve our website. These so called “analytics” programs also tell us if , on an anonymous basis, how people reached this site (e.g. from a search engine) and whether they have been here before helping us to put more money into developing our services for you instead of marketing spend.

Turning Cookies Off

You can usually switch cookies off by adjusting your browser settings to stop it from accepting cookies (Learn how here). Doing so however will likely limit the functionality of our’s and a large proportion of the world’s websites as cookies are a standard part of most modern websites

It may be that you concerns around cookies relate to so called “spyware”. Rather than switching off cookies in your browser you may find that anti-spyware software achieves the same objective by automatically deleting cookies considered to be invasive. Learn more about managing cookies with antispyware software.

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General Privacy Notice


When personal data is provided to us, Alternative Futures Group Ltd (AFG) becomes the ‘controller’ of that data. The type of data collected may vary, but it will always be treated in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Data is never shared with any other organisation or individual without consent, unless it is legally required or necessary for the fulfilment of existing contracts.

Our use of your data

  • If you apply to work with AFG we will collect and process your information in order to assess your application, and this data will be destroyed after 12 months if you are unsuccessful. If you are subsequently employed by AFG, we will use your information only for the purposes of fulfilling your contract of employment; when you leave our employment we are required to retain your information for 6 years from the date of leaving, when it is securely destroyed.
  • If you make a complaint to AFG, we will retain this information for 6 years.
  • For people supported, we collect and process information in order to fulfil our contract of care. We will never share with anyone outside this contract without gaining consent from the person supported, if they have the capacity to provide this. If not, the Caldicott Guardian will make a decision based on the individual’s best interests. We are legally required to retain operational information on our service users for between 12 months and 6 years for learning disabilities, and up to 20 years for mental health, depending on the type of information. The AFG retention schedule provides further detail on this.
  • If you provide your information to AFG for any other reason, we will destroy or delete it when it is no longer needed.

Your Rights

  • You have the right to access the personal information we hold about you, and/or request that it be deleted or destroyed, at any time. If you believe the information we hold on you is incorrect, you can request to have it amended.
  • If you have concerns about how we have handled your personal data, you can contact AFG’s Data Protection Officer at to have the matter investigated. If you are subsequently unhappy with how we have dealt with your concern, you can report the complaint to the ICO at:

Information Commissioner
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire