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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Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn, after a four-month delay, as the organisation prepares to move its website to gov.uk. 

Mairead O’Reilly, senior associate at Bates Wells Braithwaite

Charities that carry out investigative work or campaigning are able to use the ‘journalism exemption’ from the Data Protection Act, according to the latest guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Civil Society Media's Carys Pugh takes part in the #icebucketchallenge

One-sixth of Britons say that they have taken part in an ice bucket challenge, while one in ten said they donated to charity as a result of the challenge, according to a new poll out today.

Shelter reviewing its charity shops after £100,000 loss

Shelter is carrying out a “detailed review” of its charity shops, which may lead to some store closures, after its retail operation made a loss of £100,000.

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'

IT new business wins: Driving efficiencies

Kirsty Weakley looks at the Canal and River Trust's new vehicle tracking software, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins.

Charities warned that digital campaigns can be 'counterproductive'

Charity digital campaigns can be counterproductive and will need to change to keep the attention of those they’re seeking to influence, an audience of charity leaders heard this morning.

St Andrew’s Heathcare paid outgoing chief executive £751,000 last year

Philip Sugarman, the departing chief executive of St Andrew's Healthcare, was paid £285,000 in salary, £389,000 pay in lieu of notice and £76,000 as compensation for loss of office, the charity’s accounts reveal.

Reaction to Newmark's knitting comments

Unsurprisingly the sector was quick to respond to Brooks Newmark’s comment that charities should “stick to their knitting” and stay out of the “realm of politics”.

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