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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Ben Gummer replaces Matt Hancock as minister for the Cabinet Office

The Prime Minister, Theresa May, has appointed Ben Gummer as minister for the Cabinet Office and paymaster general, demoting Matt Hancock from the front bench.

Macmillan, Cancer Research UK and Brooke use Pokemon Go to encourage fundraising

Macmillan Cancer Support, Cancer Research UK and Brooke are among the charities to encourage fundraising using the Pokemon Go app, which launched in the UK today.

What do charities need to know about the new government?

Kirsty Weakley looks at who’s in the new Cabinet so far, and what charities need to know about it.

Julie Bentley (image credit: @NPCThinks)

Charities must “up our game” in response to criticism in the media, but also make sure they challenge “unfair criticism” when it emerges, the chief executive of Girlguiding UK said last night.

The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

Commission becoming 'fully weaponised enforcement agency', Parliament warned

Charity representatives accused the Charity Commission of "regulation led by red top" and said the government is trying to silence the sector, in a Parliamentary committee hearing yesterday.

Grants to Kids Company 'were in line with Cabinet Office remit' say accounts

The head of the National Audit Office has cleared the Cabinet Office of acting inappropriately over how it awarded grants to Kids Company, shortly before the charity collapsed last year.

Commission rejects recommendation on written responses in MPs' Kids Company report

The Charity Commission has accepted most of the recommendations made by a committee of MPs following the collapse of Kids Company, but has rejected a recommendation that it write to every complainant.

How do the Conservative Party's leadership candidates compare on charity issues?

Kirsty Weakley looks at what experience the two candidates to be the next Prime Minister have of the charity sector.

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