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Future You Project

Who are we and what do we do  

Future You was a pilot project, funded through the Community Renewal Fund. It offered Gateshead residents free vocational training and volunteering opportunities. It also provided confidential support and advice to help resolve money worries. 

The service was run as a partnership, with each of the following partner organisations offering something that would make a real difference to an individual's work skills and experience: 

  • Gateshead Council 
  • Citizens Advice Gateshead 
  • Youth Focus NE 
  • Connected Voice 
  • 2 Way Tenancy CIC 
  • Age UK 

For the purposes of this privacy statement all six partner organisations are Joint Data Controllers. 

A company called Rocket Science evaluated the project's process and impact at the end. The pilot project ended in July 2022. The data collected from the project will be held for six years. 

This privacy notice provides specific information about how the your personal data was processed during the pilot project and is an addition to the information contained in our Corporate Privacy notice

What type of information is collected about you 

To pass participants to the right partner, we collected the following information about you: 

  • contact details, including, name, address, postcode 
  • date of birth 
  • employment status  
  • duration of unemployment (if applicable)   
  • National Insurance Number (NI)
  • any reasons for the participant's economic inactivity (for example, a student, a carer) 
  • any further support they may need or assistance requests 

To ensure that we gave you the right support, advice and guidance and to improve our service by ensuring we reach all sectors of the community, as well as supporting our research by using your data in a way that means you cannot be identified (such as providing an anonymous report to our funders), the following special category information was also gathered:  

  • disability/long term health condition   
  • ethnicity  
  • gender 

How we collect information about you  

We collected information about you from various sources including: 

  • self-referral  
  • when you were referred into the service by the Council or community worker 
  • directly from you during the programme via telephone calls or emails 

Why we need your information 

We needed your personal data to ensure that you were referred to the most appropriate partner and received the most appropriate support as part of the programme. 

Our lawful basis for processing your personal data for the above purposes (Article 6) are:  

  • you have given clear consent for us to process your personal data for a specific purpose  
  • task in a public interest or in exercise of public authority  

Our lawful basis for processing your special category personal data (Article 9) is health or social care (with a basis in law). 

Who your information can be shared with 

Our Corporate Privacy Notice. sets out the general types of information sharing that the Council carries out to fulfil statutory obligations, legal requirements, and service delivery. Upon referral to the programme, your information has been shared between the partners named in this privacy notice. 

Your information has also been shared with Rocket Science who evaluated the project. As part of the evaluation, Rocket Science contacted participants to obtain their views of the service. They only contacted participants who had given consent for this when agreeing to participate. 

If we wish to share your information with other council services or third parties for purposes outside of those listed above, we will ask for your permission. 

How long we will keep your information  

We keep your information for as long as we need to provide services to you. We may also need to keep your information in accordance with legal or other obligations. Where we have no need to keep your data it will be securely destroyed. We keep a Record of Processing Activity (a requirement under the GDPR). This sets out the specific retention periods applicable in different circumstances. For more information please contact

Where your information is held  

We hold personal information in secure electronic systems on Gateshead council servers. All of these are either password protected, or access approvals are in place. 

How you can update your information  

Our delivery of efficient services depends on the accuracy of your information. 

Please inform us of any changes to the following: 

  • email address  
  • personal circumstances 
  • postal address 
  • any of the other information we hold 

Please contact

Your information rights  

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.  

Marketing and e-newsletters  

Please see our email marketing privacy notice.  

Business intelligence, profiling and automated-decision making  

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.  

Protecting your information  

Please see the relevant section of our Corporate privacy notice.   

Data Protection Officer  

Data Protection Officer  

Civic Centre  

Regent Street  


NE8 1HH 

Contact telephone number: 0191 433 3000  

Information Commissioner's Office  

The Information Commissioner is the UK's independent body for upholding information rights. Visit their website to find out more about your rights under Data Protection law, and what to expect from us. 

For privacy practices or data protection rights concerns, contact the Information Commissioner's Office:  

Information Commissioner's Office 

Wycliffe House 

Water Lane 


Cheshire SK9 5AF  

Contact telephone number: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 545 745