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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Council cuts funding to 14 'underperforming' community support groups midway through contract

A brain injuries charity has launched an urgent appeal to stay open after Cornwall Council cut funding for it and 13 other organisations in the middle of a contract.

Church Commissioners break ties with Wonga

The Church Commissioners have said they no longer have any financial interest in the payday loan company Wonga, and that they did not make any profit from the investment.

‘The charity sector’s focus on delivery is failing the public’

Charities are failing the public because they are focusing too much on winning public contracts rather than influencing how services are provided, according to a report published today by think tank NPC.

Katie Melua image credit Ernst Vikne

Christian Aid has hit out at its former ‘tax superhero’ nominee, Katie Melua, after it emerged that she had participated in a tax avoidance scheme.

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'

Human Dignity Trust awarded charity status by Tribunal

The Human Dignity Trust has won its case against the Charity Commission at the Charity Tribunal, and the regulator has been instructed to add it to the Register of Charities.

Peter Wanless to head review of how Home Office handled child sex abuse allegations

NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless has been asked by the Home Secretary to lead a review into whether the Home Office failed to act on allegations of child sex abuse by senior Westminster figures.

Crohn’s and Colitis UK viral Facebook post reaches 12 million people

Bethany Townsend’s holiday photo showing her colostomy bags has been seen by more than 12 million people since Crohn's and Colitis UK posted the photo and her story on its Facebook page.

Mark Astarita tops Fundraising’s 50 Most Influential poll

For the third year in a row, the British Red Cross director of fundraising Mark Astarita has been voted the most influential person in fundraising.

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