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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RSPCA has been without a chief executive for one year

Gavin Grant stepped down from the helm of RSPCA for health reasons one year ago and the charity is yet to appoint a successor.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive, NCVO

Political parties' policies for the sector are vague and lack a clear narrative, and the sector must respond by outlining its own vision of the future, the chief executive of the NCVO told a debate on the election last night.

Data blog: Spending with Social Enterprise UK members by government

As part of Open Data Day on Saturday SEUK and the Cabinet Office launched an online dashboard showing public sector funding to SEUK members over the past three financial years. Kirsty Weakley looks at what this tells us.

Simon Blake, chief executive, Brook

Simon Blake, currently chief executive of Brook, will join the National Union of Students in the same role on 5 May.

The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

Young review: Social Value Act should not be strengthened yet

A review of the Social Value Act by Lord Young has been met with disappointment by sector bodies after it recommended that the Act should not be extended and strengthened.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive, NCVO

Plans for a commission to consider the charity sector's future and continue the work of the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector have been announced by the Baring Foundation.

Pancreatic Cancer Action launches new 'pancreas-shaped' logo

Pancreatic Cancer Action has launched a new identity based on the shape of the pancreas, to help it stand out and appeal to new audiences.

BHF launches 'Dechox' challenge fundraising event

The British Heart Foundation has launched a mass participation fundraising event which asks people to give up chocolate in March.

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