Cookie Policy

Last changed: Monday 1 March, 2021

Carers’ Resource website uses cookies – small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

When you first visit this site, or if you haven’t been on the site for some time, you are presented with a banner asking whether you wish to accept third-party and tracking cookies.

What are cookies?

Cookies are small pieces of data that websites use to record information about your visit to the site: have you logged in, what level of access do you have to the site, what items are in your ‘shopping cart’, etc. Some are also used to track your browsing to allow targeted advertising on the internet.

What cookies do we use?

Most of the cookies used by this site are there so the site functions properly: they do not store any personal information. The other cookies that this site uses are ‘third-party’ meaning they are set by other providers. We have taken steps to ensure that these cookies don’t record personal information either, but as they link to services out of our control you might decide not to allow the site to store them anyway.

Further information

For a full explanation and list of all the cookies this site sets and to change whether you block or allow the third-party cookies see below.

As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. When you visit this site a pop-up will ask whether you want to accept cookies. The pop-up has a link to this page.

For a comprehensive overview of the different types of cookies that can be set see https://gdpr.eu/cookies/

Blocking cookies

When you first visit this site, or if you haven’t been on the site for some time, you are presented with a banner asking  whether you wish to accept

third-party and tracking cookies.

If you decline to accept these cookies then the cookies marked with an * in the list of cookies below will be blocked.

Declining third party and tracking cookies means that your interaction with the site will not be tracked by Google Analytics and the AddToAny share buttons won’t appear.

If you wish to change your choices at any time click this button:

Change cookie preference

If you have previously allowed third-party cookies but then disallow them they may still be present in your browser. If you wish to clear them you must do that through your browser’s settings. This article has some instructions for clearing cookies.

All the other cookies are necessary to the site functioning properly and can’t be blocked with this method. If you really wish to block ALL cookies you can do so via your browser settings. See https://www.aboutcookies.org.uk/managing-cookies for more details on how to do this in various browsers.

If you have privacy concerns about cookies that might be tracking you across the web you might want to consider the following resources:

Cookies used on www.carersresource.org

The following cookies are set on the site. Many are session cookies that are deleted when you close the site or your browser. Cookies marked with an asterisk (*) will not be used if you decline

WordPress cookies

This site uses the WordPress content management system. All the cookies set by WordPress are required for the site to function properly.

  • wordpress_test_cookie – checks to see if cookies are enabled in your browser

For users logged in to the site WordPress sets the following cookies:

  • wordpress_logged_in_… – set when you log in to the site (session cookie)
  • wordpress_sec_… – these cookies record that you have successfully authenticated (session cookie)
  • wordpress-settings-… and wordpress-settings-time-… – only set for users with access to the admin area of the site this cookie customises the admin interface of the site based on which user is logged in (max 1 year duration)

Plugin cookies

We use ‘plugins’ to extend the functionality of the website. Some of these set cookies.

  • cookie_notice_accepted – set by the Cookie Notice plugin to record whether you have accepted cookies on the site (max duration 1 year)
  • wfwaf-authcookie-… – this cookie is used by the Wordfence security plugin to perform a capability check of the current user before WordPress has been loaded and is set only for logged in users (max 1 year duration)
  • wf_loginalerted_… – this cookie is used to notify the Wordfence security plugin admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location and is only set for site admins (session cookie)
  • *uvc – set by the AddToAny plugin to allow easy sharing of posts from this website to various social media sites, such as facebook and Twitter, AddToAny state that they do not track any personally identifiable information
  • *_cfduid – a Cloudflare security cookie used by AddToAny to deliver the social media sharing service

Analytics cookies

We use Google Analytics to analyse how the website is being used. We do this both for our own purposes so we can improve the site and know if users are getting the information they need, and because those who fund us ask us to provide information about how the website is being used.

Google Analytics gives each visitor to the website a unique code so it can track their interactions. Although Google Analytics can be set to capture your IP address as part of this process we do not do so as this can make you identifiable when combined with other data. We only capture the first part of the IP address which cannot be used to identify you.

  • *_gat_UA-10279864-1 – tracking cookie for Google Analytics
  • *_ga – tracking cookie for Google Analytics
  • *_gid – tracking cookie for Google Analytics