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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Oliver Letwin pledged £20m to Kids Company, claims founder

Camila Batmanghelidjh has claimed that the government promised £20m worth of funding to Kids Company in July 2014.

Kids Company paid LSE nearly £40,000 for impact report

Kids Company has suffered further media criticism after it was revealed that the charity paid the London School of Economics almost £40,000 for a glowing report about the impact of its work.

Chief executive and chair loaned member of staff £27,000 without consulting board

The Air Ambulance Service is reviewing the roles of the board and its leadership after the chief executive and chair agreed a loan of £27,000 to a senior employee without informing the rest of the trustee board.

Kids Company could make a comeback, Camila Batmanghelidjh says

Camila Batmanghelidjh, founder of collapsed charity Kids Company, has hinted that the charity could return once the media storm has calmed down.

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

‘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.

Legacy income growth slows, according to benchmark survey

The growth in legacy income has slowed to 4.4 per cent in the year to June 2015, reflecting trends in the UK housing market.

Coldplay bids to rescue Kids Company service

The band Coldplay, which has donated around £8m to Kids Company over the years, is in talks with other philanthropists to save the charity's Treehouse Centre.

Alan Yentob says allegations of mismanagement at Kids Company are 'rubbish'

Alan Yentob, the chair of Kids Company, has said allegations of financial mismanagement at the charity are "rubbish", and that the board turned down £3m of philanthropic funding because sexual abuse allegations made it impossible to continue.

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