Kirsty Weakley

Kirsty Weakley

Reporter , Civil Society Media Ltd 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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Charity Commission offices

Umbrella bodies have agreed with the Public Accounts Committee's verdict that the Charity Commission needs reform, but have hit out at its “unhelpful” and “irresponsible” language.

Cancer Research UK unveils smartphone game to help scientists find a cure for cancer

Cancer Research UK has unveiled a smartphone game that it hopes will speed up the analysis of gene data, necessary in research into cancer cures, as people play it. 

IT new business wins: Coram gets integrated finance system

Kirsty Weakley looks at Coram's new move to efficiency, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins. 

Charity apps head to head

Youth charities Get Connected and YouthNet both released mobile apps within a month of each other last year.  Two of's smartphone addicts, Leon Ward and Kirsty Weakley decided to road-test one each.

So B&B operators cannot refuse gay couples a bed in their own home yet banks can assume muslim organisations might be laundering money for terrorists without any criminal act being proved. Its a strange world.

» Finsbury Park Mosque told its bank account will be closed by HSBC

Government to ensure sexual health charities are protected from tougher internet filters

The UK Council for Child Internet Safety is compiling a list of ‘safe’ websites for internet service providers, after a number of charities were blocked when tougher filters were introduced at the end of last year.

CRUK launches Facebook-style 'do' button

Cancer Research UK has created a digital 'do' button, akin to a Facebook 'like', which directs people to a CRUK website which encourages support for the charity through various activities.

Dogs Trust to open eco-friendly centre in Essex

Dogs Trust will open a £7.2m eco-friendly re-homing centre in Essex this summer.

Lords fail to reinstate pro-charity lobbying bill amendments as it passes into law

Acevo and NCVO have vowed to scrutinise the impact of the lobbying bill after it was passed by the House of Lords last night, without reinstating two amendments which would have reduced its impact on charities.

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