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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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.

New trustees appointed at Jewish charity after it spent less than one fifth of income on cause

A Jewish charity has recovered a £500,000 loan to its subsidiary company, after the Charity Commission launched an investigation because it was concerned about the low level of charitable expenditure.

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

Free guide to Bitcoin donations produced for charities

Two Bitcoin organisations have launched a website and free guide to promote the use of the digital currency to charities and other non-profit organisations.

BIG puts another £10m into programme to help charities win contracts and take investment

The Big Lottery Fund has doubled the amount of funding available through its grants programme to help charities win contracts and investment.

British Red Cross appoints its first chief information officer

The British Red Cross has appointed its first chief information officer to develop and implement a technology and digital strategy as the charity embarks on a change programme.

CFG and NCVO support proposed audit threshold rise

Charity sector bodies have supported proposals to raise the audit threshold from £500,000 to £1m, in a joint response to a government consultation.

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