Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media from May 2011

Kirsty joined Civil Society Media in May as a reporter after completing a journalism course at Kingston University.

She has a degree in history from Swansea University where she ran a painting and decorating project helping vulnerable adults for Discovery Student Volunteering. She also lived in France for six months and speaks fluent French.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @KirstyWeakley 

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A round-up of charity April Fools

It’s April Fools’ Day and several charities including Macmillan, RNLI and Battersea Dogs and Cats Home have turned their creative talents to something lighthearted.

Are hackathons a fad or the future of charity partnerships with the tech sector?

Charities are increasingly embracing ‘hackathons’ as a way for technology experts to create and test a technological solution quickly, but are they just a fad or the future? Kirsty Weakley sat in on one to find out.

Top six charity social media stories of 2014

This year it certainly felt like charity had gone viral. On the second day of our festive countdown Civil Society News looks back at some of the best ways charities have harnessed the power of social media to make a difference this year.

Six things we learnt about charities and technology this week

The ninth Charity Technology Conference took place on Wednesday and Civil Society News has collated some of the insights from the day.

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

Charities must not let the backlash against the Samaritans Radar app put them off new technologies

Kirsty Weakley thinks the backlash to the Samaritans’ web application is unfair and worries it might discourage other charities from dreaming up innovative uses for technology.

Why I didn’t accept an ice bucket challenge

With one survey out last week indicating that more than half of the people taking part in the #icebucketchallenge did not go on to donate, Kirsty Weakley asks whether it's time for charities to cool their enthusiasm for the craze.

Bee Count

Charities are doing exciting things with mobile apps. Kirsty Weakely takes a look at some that are great at engaging t supporters.

How three charities hijacked #tubestrike

As much of the London Underground network ground to a halt yesterday, Save the Children, Macmillan Cancer Support and Leonard Cheshire Disability hijacked the Twitter hashtag to put commuters’ frustrations into perspective. Kirsty Weakley takes a look.

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