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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Carole Easton, chief executive, Platform 51 (soon to become the Young Women's Trust

Changing Lives (the new name for the Cyrenians) is to take on six services and 64 members of staff from Platform 51 as the women’s charity drops its name and pulls out of frontline service provision.

Catch22 income up 10 per cent to top £50m

Catch 22 increased its income by £5.1m to £53.8m, with the steep rise coming as the charity took on new public services contracts.

Mark and Elizabeth Lewis

A south Wales man has been jailed for four years after pleading guilty to fraudulently claiming £885,000 in gift aid over three years, and his wife has been given a suspended sentence for assisting him.

Hope for Children opts for Heroix

Kirsty Weakley finds out about Hope for Children's new event fundraising platform, as well as the rest of this month's IT new business wins. 

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

Volatility is biggest concern for charity investors

Almost 40 per cent of charity investors who responded to this year’s Fund Management Survey cited market volatility as their main concern, while fund managers warned that volatility would continue.

Five charities given Charities Online extension

HMRC has granted five charities with “exceptional extenuating circumstances” an extension to file their gift aid claims online.

Sector reports raise concern about payment-by-results contracts

Acevo and the Shaw Trust have called on the Department for Work and Pensions to “refine” rather than “reinvent” the Work Programme in a new report, as NCVO warns in a wider analysis of payment-by-results schemes that implementation so far has often been “seriously flawed”.

World economy moved on from financial crisis

International markets are on the verge of shifting from being driven by policy makers to businesses and consumers, an investment research leader from UBS told the Charity Finance Summit today.

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