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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'FRSB recommendations would cost us £2m per year', says Mark Astarita

The Fundraising Standard’s Board’s recommendations to strengthen fundraising self-regulation could cost the British Red Cross £2m per year, its fundraising director Mark Astarita said yesterday.

Charities need to share more of their failures, says free guide to innovation published today

The voluntary sector needs to share more of its failures to encourage innovation and build trust with the public and funders, according to a collection of essays published by New Philanthropy Capital and ActionAid today.

Key recommendations from the FRSB interim report into fundraising practices

Yesterday the Fundraising Standards Board published its interim report into fundraising practices following the death of Olive Cooke. We summarise the key recommendations.

Voluntary sector income down for second year in a row, says Civil Society Almanac

Total voluntary sector income fell slightly to £40.5bn in 2012/13, with the fall down to a sharp drop in government income, according to data published today in the UK Civil Society Almanac.

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

NSPCC calls on government to hold social media companies to account

NSPCC has called on the government to take action against Facebook after the social media company refused to remove video of a baby being immersed in water from its site.

Tesco and FareShare launch app to give unsold food to charity

Tesco is inviting charities to sign up to a new mobile app, FareShare FoodCloud, which enables store managers to alert local bodies when they have surplus food to distribute.

Daily Mail calls on government to introduce 'Olive's Law' and reform fundraising regulation

The Daily Mail has called for the introduction of a single charity regulator and for new legislation to prevent charities "bullying and harassing the most generous and vulnerable".

New websites for Action for Children, Care International and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Kirsty Weakley looks at how Action for Children, Care International and the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation have updgraded their websites, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins.

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