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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BIG selects ten partners to develop projects for adults with complex needs

Big Lottery Fund has announced the ten areas that were successful in bidding for a share of a £100m pot to develop programmes to support people with multiple and complex needs.

Donation app platform launches

The Alzheimer’s Society, Paypal and Jadu have today launched a free mobile app creation platform that allows charities to create a donation app, which they hope will “transform mobile donations” for the sector.

Treasury awards further £2.6m from Libor fund to military charities

The Treasury has awarded a further eight armed forces charities a share of £2.6m today from fines levied on banks for attempting to manipulate the Libor benchmark.

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.

It is vital that the voices suggesting the change are heard by the ears that need to hear it and until we understand and map that cross functional landscape, collaboration remains purely an aspiration.

» Sector needs a 'data manifesto', says leadership review

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.

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.

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