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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Film of the week: Bring Me Sunshine by Solar Aid

Solar Aid has teamed up the swing band the Jive Aces on a video for the band’s version of the song that was made famous by Morecambe and Wise, as part of Solar Aid’s Bring Me Sunshine campaign.

Dryathlon raises £1m more than last year for Cancer Research

Cancer Research UK’s January abstinence campaign, Dryathlon, has so far raised £5m with individuals’ fundraising pages set to close at the end of this month.

Sightsavers starts general election lobbying with digital mosaic

Sightsavers is urging people ‘put themselves in the picture’ and add their social media profile to an online mosaic, calling on politicians to commit to disability-inclusive development policies.

Care International’s income drops by 10 per cent

Care International’s income has fallen by 10 per cent in the last year from £43.7m in 2012 to £39.2m in 2013.

Interesting to note that around 30,000 more people volunteered in the sector, but is this 'real volunteers' or did they have to 'volunteer' to keep food on the plate!

» Charity sector workforce grows by almost 30,000

Christian charity is subject to HMRC investigation

HMRC is witholding £2m in gift aid from Christ Embassy, a charity already under statutory inquiry with the Charity Commission, while it investigates the charity's grants to overseas organisations.

Name and shame charities under inquiry on the Register of Charities

All late-filing charities are clearly highlighted with a bright red border around their entry on the Charity Commission’s website. Kirsty Weakley asks why charities under a Commission investigation don't face the same treatment.

Commission removes two charities from its register

The Charity Commission has removed two international development organisations from its register of charities after a three-year investigation into fraudulent grant applications.

CTG: HMRC should provide better Charities Online advice

Charity Tax Group is urging HMRC to provide more detailed advice for large charities about claiming gift aid online using their databases, to clear up areas of confusion.

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