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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Charity tax-avoidance scheme did not break any charity laws

A charity at the centre of a multi-million pound tax-avoidance scheme had been investigated by the Charity Commission, but was allowed to continue operating because it had not broken any charity laws.

Macmillan launches Go Sober for October fundraising challenge

Macmillan Cancer Care has partnered with the Australian fundraising campaign, Dry July, to launch Go Sober for October in the UK.

Oxfam International to relocate HQ abroad

Oxfam’s international secretariat has made the decision in principle to move its headquarters from Oxford to either Bangkok or Nairobi as part of a wider objective to devolve power from the northern to the southern hemisphere.

HSBC to close bank account of Muslim charity working in Gaza

HSBC has informed the Ummah Welfare Trust that it will close its bank accounts because the charity “now falls outside our risk appetite”.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

Kids Company

Kirsty Weakley examines Kids Company’s annual accounts to identify clues about what led to its downfall.

ICO finds ‘unacceptable’ failings in data protection procedures at the Alzheimer’s Society

The Information Commissioner has criticised the Alzheimer’s Society for allowing volunteers to use personal email addresses when handling sensitive information, and issued the charity with an enforcement notice.

‘Problems at Kids Company were inevitable’, says Bubb

The chief executive of Acevo has warned that the media needs to be “less hypocritical” in its coverage of charities following the collapse of Kids Company.

Online fundraising platforms: the small print

Launches of “revolutionary” new fundraising platforms are becoming ten a penny.  So civilsociety.co.uk decided to take a proper look and see which are really leading the way.

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