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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Shelter reviewing its charity shops after £100,000 loss

Shelter is carrying out a “detailed review” of its charity shops, which may lead to some store closures, after its retail operation made a loss of £100,000.

IT new business wins: Driving efficiencies

Kirsty Weakley looks at the Canal and River Trust's new vehicle tracking software, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins.

Charities warned that digital campaigns can be 'counterproductive'

Charity digital campaigns can be counterproductive and will need to change to keep the attention of those they’re seeking to influence, an audience of charity leaders heard this morning.

St Andrew’s Heathcare paid outgoing chief executive £751,000 last year

Philip Sugarman, the departing chief executive of St Andrew's Healthcare, was paid £285,000 in salary, £389,000 pay in lieu of notice and £76,000 as compensation for loss of office, the charity’s accounts reveal.

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'

Reaction to Newmark's knitting comments

Unsurprisingly the sector was quick to respond to Brooks Newmark’s comment that charities should “stick to their knitting” and stay out of the “realm of politics”.

Sumatran tiger at London Zoo credit Martin Pettitt flickr

A coalition of animal charities, including RSPCA and Peta UK, has written to ZSL London Zoo demanding an end to its Zoo Lates events, following media reports highlighting animal protection issues.

Cecilie Hestbaek, researcher and author of the NPC report Closing in on Change: Measuring the effectiveness of your campaign

The charity sector does not do enough to measure whether its campaigning is effective and achieves its goals, according to the author of a report published today by think tank NPC.

Former trustees reappointed at Muslim charity under Commission investigation

The Charity Commission is considering reappointing six former trustees at a Muslim charity under investigation over links to extremists, including the father of the man whose complaint triggered the investigation.

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