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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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.

‘The challenge is getting people to use IT systems’

Whatever type of customer-relationship management system charities use, the biggest challenge is convincing staff to use it properly, delegates at the Charity Technology Conference heard this week.

'Focus on people as well as technology', IT experts told

IT directors need to learn when to step back and allow others in their organisation to experiment with technology, but be there to pick up the pieces if it all goes wrong, a sector IT leader has said.

Liam Black

Charities and social enterprises can become so focused on pleasing funders that they lose sight of beneficiaries, a social enterprise conference heard yesterday.

I'm surprised they have omitted the important question of *what* religions these charities are connected with. Surely it is of fundamental interest to know if certain religions are growing or declining, and the current proportion of 'religious charities' which are connected with each of the religions represented?

» NPC: 'It's time to consider the role of religious charities'

Is Band Aid good for the charity sector?

Kirsty Weakley wonders if it is time for Band Aid to hang up their microphones or if there is still a place in the fundraising landscape for a 30-year-old charity song?

Alzheimer’s Society income up £12m

The Alzheimer’s Society has seen its income increase by 17 per cent, from £70.8m in 2013 to £82.6m in 2014, according to its recently published accounts for the year ending 31 March 2014.

BeatBullying narrowly missed out £2.3m funding in the lead up to its collapse

BeatBullying was forced into administration after bids to secure £1.2m from the Department of Health and £1.1m from the European Commission failed, trustees revealed in a document handed to creditors today.

Neil Cleeveley, chief executive, Navca

Neil Cleeveley has been appointed as chief executive at the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action on a permanent basis.

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