Gaining Consent

This page is part of our guidance to help parishes get ready for and comply with the “General Data Protection Regulation”.  From May 2018, you will need to have consent before you send ‘marketing’ or ‘fundraising’ communications to people, which includes general information about the activities of the parish, services and other events.

Gaining Consent

You may well need to gather a range of different consents to cover the range of data processing and communications that you carry out.


Here is a sample form that you might use to gather consent from people attending a church service or event solely to enable you to email them with details of other events.


Here is a second sample form that provides more comprehensive consent from church members.

These forms should be kept to ensure you have evidence that consent has been obtained. It will take some time to gather consent from church members, so allow plenty of time to do this before the implementation of GDPR in May 2018.



The Charity Commission produce a range of helpful guidance notes, which can be found on the Charity Commission website.

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