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 abolish Cabinet Office volunteering programmes and save the government £500m per year by clamping down on 'fake charities', according to its manifesto published today.
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.
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.
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.
Kirsty Weakley looks at Mercy Ships' new website and other IT new business highlights in April.
Charities could suffer from Labour proposals to protect NHS bodies from privatisation and expand the Freedom of Information Act, NCVO has warned.
A body responsible for setting good governance guidance in the charity sector is consulting on whether to produce a separate code for large charities.
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.