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.

Email her kirsty.weakley@civilsociety.co.uk

Follow her on Twitter @KirstyWeakley 

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Commission's new online charity search to launch soon after delay

The Charity Commission’s searchable online register of charities is due to launch in beta this autumn, after a four-month delay, as the organisation prepares to move its website to gov.uk. 

Mairead O’Reilly, senior associate at Bates Wells Braithwaite

Charities that carry out investigative work or campaigning are able to use the ‘journalism exemption’ from the Data Protection Act, according to the latest guidance from the Information Commissioner's Office.

Civil Society Media's Carys Pugh takes part in the #icebucketchallenge

One-sixth of Britons say that they have taken part in an ice bucket challenge, while one in ten said they donated to charity as a result of the challenge, according to a new poll out today.

Shelter reviewing its charity shops after £100,000 loss

Shelter is carrying out a “detailed review” of its charity shops, which may lead to some store closures, after its retail operation made a loss of £100,000.

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

Charities warned that digital campaigns can be 'counterproductive'

Charity digital campaigns can be counterproductive and will need to change to keep the attention of those they’re seeking to influence, an audience of charity leaders heard this morning.

St Andrew’s Heathcare paid outgoing chief executive £751,000 last year

Philip Sugarman, the departing chief executive of St Andrew's Healthcare, was paid £285,000 in salary, £389,000 pay in lieu of notice and £76,000 as compensation for loss of office, the charity’s accounts reveal.

Reaction to Newmark's knitting comments

Unsurprisingly the sector was quick to respond to Brooks Newmark’s comment that charities should “stick to their knitting” and stay out of the “realm of politics”.

Sumatran tiger at London Zoo credit Martin Pettitt flickr

A coalition of animal charities, including RSPCA and Peta UK, has written to ZSL London Zoo demanding an end to its Zoo Lates events, following media reports highlighting animal protection issues.

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