Voluntary Organisations Disability Group
Website terms of use

Please read these terms and conditions carefully before using this site

1. What’s in these terms?

These terms tell you the rules for using our website www.vodg.org.uk (our site).

2. Who we are and how to contact us

2.1 www.vodg.org.uk is a site operated by Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (“VODG“, “us“, “our” or “we“). We are a registered charity under charity number 1127328 and a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales under company number 6521773. We have our registered office at 2 London Wall Place, 6th Floor, London, EC2Y 5AU, England.

2.2 We are a membership body representing organisations within the voluntary sector who work alongside disabled people and are regulated by the Charity Commission.

2.3 VODG’s vision is for an ambitious, trusted and vibrant voluntary sector that works together to enable disabled people to live the lives they choose. In pursuit of this vision, VODG’s mission is to support its members to achieve excellence and to influence those who can improve the environment in which they operate.

2.4 For full terms and conditions for membership, including benefits, events and cancellations, please visit: https://www.vodg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/VODG-membership-standard-terms-and-conditions.pdf

2.5 To contact us, please email [email protected], telephone our central telephone line on 0330 043 1273 or write to us at: VODG, 6th Floor, 2 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5AU.

3.  By using our site you accept these terms

3.1 Our website contains information relevant for charities and other organisations working alongside disabled people.

3.2 By using our site, you confirm that you accept these terms of use and that you agree to comply with them.

3.3 If you do not agree to these terms, you must not use our site.

3.4 We recommend that you print a copy of these terms for future reference.

4. There are other terms that may apply to you

4.1 These terms of use refer to the following additional terms, which also apply to your use of our site:

4.1.1 Our Privacy policy. See further under How we may use your personal information.

4.1.2 Our Cookie policy, which sets out information about the cookies on our site.

4.2 If you book a event with or through VODG the following terms will apply:

4.2.1 Attendance

(a) Our events and networks are only open to members of VODG.
(b) One representative of each VODG members is entitled to attend each event.
(c) Subject to availability, additional delegates may be permitted from a member organisation but there may be a cost.
(d) When booking an event through our website, you will receive email confirmation and further details about the event via email.
(e) Embracing equality and diversity is one our core beliefs. We expect all attendees to be respectful of others and be professional when attending our events.
(f) Any materials, handouts and further reading provided through our events and networks remain the intellectual property of VODG and can’t be reproduced without prior consent.

4.2.2 Cancelling attendance

(a) If you are unable to attend an event you must give written notice no less than 10 days before the event to [email protected]
(b) You must let us know whether you are sending someone else from your organisation in your place.
(c) If you fail to cancel your place or you fail to attend a cancellation charge shall be charged to you.
(d) You can find out more details about cancelling attendance in our membership terms and conditions.

5. We may make changes to these terms

We amend these terms from time to time. Every time you wish to use our site, please check these terms to ensure you understand the terms that apply at that time. These terms were most recently updated in October 2020.

6. We may make changes to our site

We may update and change our site from time to time to reflect changes to our services, our users’ needs and our business priorities. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any major changes.

7.  We may suspend or withdraw our site

7.1 Our site is made available free of charge.

7.2 We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

7.3 You are also responsible for ensuring that all persons who access our site through your internet connection are aware of these terms of use and other applicable terms and conditions, and that they comply with them.

8. We may transfer this agreement to someone else

We may transfer our rights and obligations under these terms to another organisation. We will always tell you in writing if this happens and we will ensure that the transfer will not affect your rights under the contract.

9. Our site is only for users in the UK

Our site is directed to people residing in the United Kingdom. We do not represent that content available on or through our site is appropriate for use or available in other locations.

10.  You must keep your account details safe

10.1 If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.

10.2 We have the right to disable any user identification code or password, whether chosen by you or allocated by us, at any time, if in our reasonable opinion you have failed to comply with any of the provisions of these terms of use.

10.3 If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at [email protected].

11. How you may use material on our site

11.1 We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.

11.2 You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.

11.3 You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.

11.4 Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.

11.5 You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.

11.6 If you print off, copy or download any part of our site in breach of these terms of use, your right to use our site will cease immediately and you must, at our option, return or destroy any copies of the materials you have made.

12. Do not rely on information on this site

12.1 The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.

12.2 Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up to date.

13. We are not responsible for websites we link to

13.1 Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. Such links should not be interpreted as approval by us of those linked websites or information you may obtain from them.

13.2 We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.

14. User-generated content is not approved by us

This website may include information and materials uploaded by other users of the site, including to bulletin boards and chat rooms. This information and these materials have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.

15. How to complain about content uploaded by other users

If you wish to complain about content uploaded by other users, please contact us on [email protected].

16. Our responsibility for loss or damage suffered by you

16.1 Whether you are a consumer or a business user:

16.1.1 We do not exclude or limit in any way our liability to you where it would be unlawful to do so. This includes liability for death or personal injury caused by our negligence or the negligence of our employees, agents or subcontractors and for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

16.1.2 Different limitations and exclusions of liability will apply to liability arising as a result of the booking of events in which case our membership terms and conditions will apply.

16.2 If you are a business user:

16.2.1 We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our site or any content on it.

16.2.2 We will not be liable to you for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:

(a) use of, or inability to use, our site; or
(b) use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.

16.2.3 In particular, we will not be liable for:

(a) loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
(b) business interruption;
(c) loss of anticipated savings;
(d) loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
(e) any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

16.3 If you are a consumer user:

16.3.1 Please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.

16.3.2 If defective digital content that we have supplied, damages a device or digital content belonging to you and this is caused by our failure to use reasonable care and skill, we will either repair the damage or pay you compensation. However, we will not be liable for damage that you could have avoided by following our advice to apply an update offered to you free of charge or for damage that was caused by you failing to correctly follow installation instructions or to have in place the minimum system requirements advised by us.

17.  How we may use your personal information

We will only use your personal information as set out in our Privacy policy.

18.  Uploading content to our site

18.1 Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards as set out in these terms and conditions.

18.2 You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. This means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.

18.3 Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content, but you are required to grant us and other users of our site a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties. The rights you license to us are described in Rights you are giving us to use material you upload.

18.4 We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.

18.5 We have the right to remove any posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out in these terms and conditions.

18.6 You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.

18.7 We do not store terrorist content.

19. Rights you are giving us to use material you upload

When you upload or post content to our site, you grant us the following rights to use that content:

19.1 a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform that user-generated content in connection with the service provided by the website and across different media including to promote the site or the service forever; and

19.2 a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence for other users, partners or advertisers to use the content for their purposes forever.

20.  We are not responsible for viruses and you must not introduce them

20.1 We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.

20.2 You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.

20.3 You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material that is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.

21. Rules about linking to our site

21.1 You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.

21.2 You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.

21.3 You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.

21.4 Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.

21.5 We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.

21.6 The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in these terms and conditions.

21.7 If you wish to link to or make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact [email protected].

22.  Which country’s laws apply to any disputes?

22.1 If you are a consumer, please note that these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation, are governed by English law. You and we both agree that the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction except that if you are a resident of Northern Ireland you may also bring proceedings in Northern Ireland, and if you are resident of Scotland, you may also bring proceedings in Scotland.

22.2 If you are a business, these terms of use, their subject matter and their formation (and any non-contractual disputes or claims) are governed by English law. We both agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.