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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Sir Ronald Cohen to step down as chair of Big Society Capital

Sir Ronald Cohen plans to step down as chairman of Big Society Capital at the end of this year, but intends to remain on its board.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt, University of Southampton,

Charities should consider adopting an open data approach because the movement is a “particular opportunity for the charity sector”, according to a government adviser on open data.

Blackbaud buys Irish fundraising platform

CRM software provider Blackbaud has today announced that it has acquired the Irish fundraising platform MyCharity.

Red Nose Day tweet costs MP £14,000

Labour MP Fiona Mactaggart has admitted to being “Twitter naïve” after her pledge to donate £1 to Comic Relief for every retweet in a half-hour period ended up costing her more than £14,000.

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

Animal charity to use drones to catch welfare law-breakers

The League Against Cruel Sports has partnered with a non-profit aerial surveillance organisation to use its drone technology to catch people breaking animal welfare laws.

Nick Hurd, minister for civil society

Four charities have received additional funding, totalling £3.1m, from the Social Action Fund after demonstrating "particular effectiveness".

Heads of IT, finance and fundraising 'need to talk to each other'

Laura Dawson, chair of Charity IT Leaders has called for better communication between the finance, fundraising and IT functions.

Hazel Blears,

The requirement for public authorities to consider the social value of organisations before awarding contracts runs the risk of not being implemented, MPs warned today.

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