Festive Hours: Please note that our office will be closed from 5 pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until 9 am on Wednesday 2nd January inclusive. During this period you can still send queries or applications by email to contact@scoaf.org.uk, and we will get back to you when we reopen in the New Year. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


What are cookies and how do we use them?

A cookie is a small text file that is put on your computer or smart device when you first visit a website. They don’t “do” anything except identify you as a unique visitor to a website. They don’t run a program on your computer or smart device. More importantly, they don’t collect, store or save personal information.

This is important to know because our website uses these cookies. We use cookies to help us track how many people visit our website and what parts of the website are visited most often. This helps us to improve our website so that it provides the information you want, the way you want.

The first time you  visit our website, you will see this:

This is a pop up from our cookie control system. It gives you the option to allow cookies from our website to be placed on your computer. It also gives you the option to say no to this. It is ok if you don’t want these cookies placed on your computer, you can still use the website.  However, the same pop up will come up each time you visit.

The types of cookies we use are:

Cookie Purpose Duration
_ga To distinguish users and establish if they have visited the website before. 2 years from date set.
_gat To distinguish users and establish if they have visited the website before. 1 minute from set.
_gid To manage the rate at which page view requests are made. 24 hours from date set.
scoaf_cookie To record interaction with the cookie consent banner displayed at the top of the page. 1 year from date set.

Other cookies may be stored to your computer’s hard drive by external vendors. These cookies are used for conversion and referral tracking and typically expire after 30 days, though some may take longer. No personal information is stored, saved or collected.

We use Google Analytics to see how many people are using our website and what they use it for. This includes recording how people get to our website, how often they visit and which parts of the site they go to.You can find out about the cookies that google analytics sets on their cookies page.

Our website is hosted on WordPress. You can find out about the types of  cookies that WordPress sets on their cookies page.

What if I don’t want to allow cookies from any website?

You can turn off cookies in your browser or through the security settings on your computer or smart device.

Turning off cookies may impact on how you use or view certain websites.