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.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

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Top six charity social media stories of 2014

This year it certainly felt like charity had gone viral. On the second day of our festive countdown Civil Society News looks back at some of the best ways charities have harnessed the power of social media to make a difference this year.

Six things we learnt about charities and technology this week

The ninth Charity Technology Conference took place on Wednesday and Civil Society News has collated some of the insights from the day.

‘The challenge is getting people to use IT systems’

Whatever type of customer-relationship management system charities use, the biggest challenge is convincing staff to use it properly, delegates at the Charity Technology Conference heard this week.

'Focus on people as well as technology', IT experts told

IT directors need to learn when to step back and allow others in their organisation to experiment with technology, but be there to pick up the pieces if it all goes wrong, a sector IT leader has said.

The move to longer term funding is great; this is one of the biggest complaints we get from the young people that we work with; they often ask "why is it that as soon as they get a project/activity that we like and benefit from, it gets taken away."

» Paul Hamlyn Foundation unveils new grants strategy

Liam Black

Charities and social enterprises can become so focused on pleasing funders that they lose sight of beneficiaries, a social enterprise conference heard yesterday.

Is Band Aid good for the charity sector?

Kirsty Weakley wonders if it is time for Band Aid to hang up their microphones or if there is still a place in the fundraising landscape for a 30-year-old charity song?

Alzheimer’s Society income up £12m

The Alzheimer’s Society has seen its income increase by 17 per cent, from £70.8m in 2013 to £82.6m in 2014, according to its recently published accounts for the year ending 31 March 2014.

BeatBullying narrowly missed out £2.3m funding in the lead up to its collapse

BeatBullying was forced into administration after bids to secure £1.2m from the Department of Health and £1.1m from the European Commission failed, trustees revealed in a document handed to creditors today.

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