Festive Period: Our office will be closed from Thursday 23rd December 2021 at 5 pm until Tuesday 4th January 2022 at 9 am (inclusive). You will still be able to submit enquiries and applications during this period to our contact mailbox: contact@scoaf.org.uk. But, they won’t be actioned until we re-open in the New Year.

Phone line: We are currently operating a voicemail call back service on our contact telephone number 0300 369 0689. All messages received are collected by our Enquiries Team, Monday to Friday, 9:00 am until 16:30 pm. Please leave a voicemail, with your name, phone number, email address (if possible), and enquiryWe aim to respond to all messages within 2 working days. Any messages received to our voicemail on Friday afternoon will be retrieved on Monday, after the weekend. 


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:

screenshot of notification that appears on homepage

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.

Changes to this cookie policy

We regularly review our cookie policy. If we make any significant changes to this policy we will advertise this on our website. But you are advised to check our website regularly to read the most recent cookie policy. This notice was last updated on 31 Oct 2018.