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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Peter Holbrook, CEO Social Enterprise UK, and Sue Gilbertson, a representative of Alston Moor, cutting a cake at the launch

Gareth Thomas, shadow minister for civil society, yesterday unveiled the UK’s first Social Enterprise Town in Cumbria.

Lords call on government to re-examine probation service reforms

The House of Lords has put plans to open up the probation service to private and voluntary organisations on hold, and called on the government to carry out a more detailed impact assessment before pressing ahead. 

Mencap charity bond oversubscribed as it reaches £10m target

Mencap’s charity bond has reached its £10m target and has closed early due to high demand -  the charity is now considering a further bond issue.

Northern Ireland red tape report recommends 'change in approach' to sector funding

There should be a “change in approach” to government funding for the voluntary sector in Northern Ireland, according to a new report, which urges departments to share information to prevent duplication.

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

Sports umbrella partners with professional body to improve sector's governance

The Sport and Recreation Alliance has announced a partnership with the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators to improve the governance of sports organisations.

Stephen Bubb, chief executive, Acevo

The chief executive of Acevo, Sir Stephen Bubb, has stepped in to defend fee-charging health charities after a private company criticised their tax breaks.

Nuffield defends its charitable status

Nuffield Health has defended its charitable status, after an American private healthcare company publicly called on the UK government to change the tax system for fee-charging healthcare charities.

BIG announces £19m in community grants

The Big Lottery Fund has announced 72 projects that have been allocated a share of £19m from its Reaching Communities programme.

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