Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media Ltd 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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Mixed responses from charities to a Scottish lobbying register

SCVO has called for plans to introduce a lobbying bill in Scotland to be scrapped, but other charities have indicated their support for a register of lobbyists.

CRUK to recruit a 'Wikipedian in residence'

Cancer Research UK will become the first medical research organisation to appoint a ‘Wikipedian in residence’ who will update the online encyclopaedia's entries involving cancer and teach others at the charity how to do so.

Family Fund puts Northern Ireland grants on hold for a second time

Family Fund has suspended grants to people in Northern Ireland having exhausted its annual grant from the Northern Ireland Assembly, with 1,100 eligible people expected to miss out on support.

Charities criticise Benefits Street documentary

A coalition of 100 charities has slammed Channel 4 for an “unbalanced” portrayal of people receiving benefits in the programme Benefits Street.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Charities launch campaign to get people to share medical data

A number of medical research charities have today launched a campaign explaining how they can use data to improve care and research, in a bid to discourage people from opting out of the new centralised healthcare database.

Top charity news of  2013

From national controversy over charity executive pay to questions around the effectiveness of the Charity Commission, 2013 was an eventful year for civil society. Here are the ten most-read stories on from 2013.

Stephen Greene, chair, NCS Trust

The independent body that will run the government’s flagship National Citizen Service programme has been established as a community interest company and is set to appoint a chief executive with a salary of around £120,000.

Stone Henge

The new English Heritage charity is expected to launch at the beginning of 2015 and be self-financing within eight years.

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