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.

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More than 1,000 charities likely to be affected by apprenticeship levy costing the sector £70m

Around 1,200 UK charities are expected to be affected by a new  apprenticeship levy, collectively costing about £70m, according to early estimates from NCVO.

Anna Turley

Opposition MPs lined up yesterday to plead with the government not to slash the Big Lottery Fund budget in today’s spending review.

Charities should view technology as a tool for change, not an overhead cost, conference hears

IT professionals must explain how technology helps meet charity priorities if they want to be more than an “overhead cost”, the director of information services at Barnardo’s told the Charity Technology Conference last week.

Sector bodies issue warning over threat of Big Lottery Fund cuts

NCVO and Acevo have stepped up calls for “urgent clarification” from the government over rumoured cuts to the Big Lottery Fund’s income, warning that the funder could be forced to "effectively shut its doors to new bids for the next three years".

The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

IT leaders ‘need to be on the front foot’, Charity Technology Conference hears

Charities must use technology to create change or risk 'sliding into insignificance' Zenon Hannick, chief technology officer at Comic Relief, told a Civil Society Media conference yesterday.

Kids Company was helping 'very few' children, says former Deputy Children's Commissioner

A former Deputy Children’s Commissioner has said that she was concerned about how few children Kids Company appeared to be helping, but she did not consider reporting it to government because Camila Batmanghelidjh was so influential. 

Call for Parliament to debate reports of £320m-a-year cut to Big Lottery Fund

Reports of a planned £320m-a-year cut to Big Lottery funding have led charities to lobby government for clarification and have prompted Labour to call for debate in Parliament.

Audit firms 'missed fundamental risks' of Kids Company model, say MPs

MPs have criticised auditors PwC, PKF Littlejohn and Kingston Smith for not scrutinising Kids Company properly and missing key indicators during their dealings with the charity before it folded.

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