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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‘Newspapers don’t want good news stories about charities’, NCVO conference hears

Two veteran newspaper journalists told an audience of charity leaders yesterday that positive stories about the sector are unlikely to attract the attention of editors.

Charities urge government to extend mandatory business rates relief to 100 per cent

Sector umbrella bodies have called on the government to scrap the 20 per cent discretionary rate relief for business rates provided by local authorities, and increase the mandatory relief from central government to cover the full amount.

Lord Borwick

A new charity labelling system should be introduced to make it clear which organisations are registered or government-funded, a debate on the second reading of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill heard yesterday.

'FRSB recommendations would cost us £2m per year', says Mark Astarita

The Fundraising Standard’s Board’s recommendations to strengthen fundraising self-regulation could cost the British Red Cross £2m per year, its fundraising director Mark Astarita said yesterday.

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

Charities need to share more of their failures, says free guide to innovation published today

The voluntary sector needs to share more of its failures to encourage innovation and build trust with the public and funders, according to a collection of essays published by New Philanthropy Capital and ActionAid today.

Key recommendations from the FRSB interim report into fundraising practices

Yesterday the Fundraising Standards Board published its interim report into fundraising practices following the death of Olive Cooke. We summarise the key recommendations.

Voluntary sector income down for second year in a row, says Civil Society Almanac

Total voluntary sector income fell slightly to £40.5bn in 2012/13, with the fall down to a sharp drop in government income, according to data published today in the UK Civil Society Almanac.

NSPCC calls on government to hold social media companies to account

NSPCC has called on the government to take action against Facebook after the social media company refused to remove video of a baby being immersed in water from its site.

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