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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Ukip would scrap charity funding worth hundreds of millions

Ukip would abolish Cabinet Office volunteering programmes and save the government £500m per year by clamping down on 'fake charities', according to its manifesto published today.  

Ice Bucket Challenge effect brings down average online donation amount

The average online donation fell by 8.6 per cent in 2014 to £63.69, according to a survey by fundraising software company Blackbaud - the first drop in the five years the survey has taken place.

WWF penguin adoptions rose by 250 per cent last Christmas

The number of people adopting a penguin over Christmas through WWF-UK increased by 250 per cent on the previous year following a partnership with John Lewis, including a festive advert featuring a penguin.

Sunday Post attacks increase in Scottish charity executive pay

The Scottish SPCA has been criticised for paying its chief executive £185,000 as part of a newspaper investigation into senior pay at Scottish voluntary organisations. 

Can't help but think that this issue and many of the other bad news stories to have hit the sector over the last few months are rooted in poor governance.

» The story in the Times isn't nonsense, the sector needs to sit up and take notice

How Mercy Ships is steaming into the future with a new website

Kirsty Weakley looks at Mercy Ships' new website and other IT new business highlights in April.

Charities 'could lose out' under Labour proposals on NHS and Freedom of Information Act

Charities could suffer from Labour proposals to protect NHS bodies from privatisation and expand the Freedom of Information Act, NCVO has warned.

Governance Code steering group considers additional guidance for larger charities

A body responsible for setting good governance guidance in the charity sector is consulting on whether to produce a separate code for large charities.

Charity Tribunal rejects Jehovah’s Witnesses charities' latest appeal attempt

A Jehovah’s Witnesses charity has been refused permission to appeal a Charity Tribunal ruling that had denied it extra time to appeal against the opening of a statutory inquiry.

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