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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Navca restructures and makes redundancies to ensure it is sustainable

The National Council for Voluntary Action will make four redundancies as part of a three-year plan to become more sustainable, its chief executive has said.

Neil Cleeveley: local infrastructure must show why it is valuable

Navca’s chief executive Neil Cleeveley tells Kirsty Weakley that local infrastructure bodies need to collaborate, argue for early intervention, and explain the contribution they make.

What does the pre-election debate really tell us about politicians and charities?

Earlier this year sector leaders expressed concern that as we approach the general election politicians had little real narrative about the voluntary sector. Would a debate between the civil society representatives change their minds? Kirsty Weakley assesses each of the speakers.

More opportunities for public service delivery charities in next Parliament, hustings debate hears

The next Parliament will see opportunities for charities to play a bigger role in delivering public services, representatives of the three main political parties said yesterday, but they disagreed about how this should come about.

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'

Community Organisers programme set to meet recruitment targets

The Community Organisers programme looks set to meet basic recruitment targets, an interim independent evaluation has found.

'Arts charities are too reliant on major donors'

Two peers warned arts organisations that they are too reliant on major donors and need to diversify their income streams, as they hosted the launch of the National Funding Scheme’s event fundraising platform.

Wellcome building

The Guardian has attacked the Wellcome Trust and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation over the charities' investments in fossil fuels.

OSCR to focus more on high-risk charities but scraps plans for public trustee database

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator has said it will develop a new approach to reviewing charities that concentrates more on high risk organisations, in a report following a consultation on its priorities.

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