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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Shawcross: The Charity Commission is not ‘targeting’ Muslim charities

William Shawcross has insisted that the regulator is not “disproportionately” focusing on Muslim charities, as Theresa May promises new powers for the Commission to tackle terrorism.

Reaction to Newmark's departure and Wilson's appointment as charities minister

On the eve of the Conservative Party Conference, Brooks Newmark resigned as minister for civil society after allegations in the Sunday Mirror that he sent intimate photographs of himself to an undercover reporter. Rob Wilson was swiftly announced as the new minister. Civil Society News has collated some of your reactions to the news:

Nearly 40 redundancies at Lincolnshire education charity

Linkage Community Trust has made 39 people redundant as the learning disabilities charity works to refocus its services on more localised projects and reduce its dependence on specialist further education and residential students.

Angel of the North (image credit: Christine Matthews)

Virgin Money has announced plans to invest £1m in the North East after its offer to part-fund the Northern Rock Foundation fell through yesterday.

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

Northern Rock Foundation says closure is now 'likely' after Virgin Money offer falls through

The Northern Rock Foundation is preparing to wind up after an offer of funding from Virgin Money fell through because the charity cannot raise the £3m-a-year match funding that offer needs.

Blue Cross plans to spend £32m to expand services

The Blue Cross veterinary charity plans to spend £32m over the next five years as part of a plan to double the number of animals it supports by 2021, according to its recently published annual accounts.

Sue Ryder's income rises by 8 per cent

Sue Ryder's income has grown by £6.4m, which is mainly down to an increase in retail income of £6.2m, according to its recently published accounts.

St Mungo's Broadway staff balloted over strike action

More than 500 St Mungo’s Broadway staff, who are members of the Unite union, are being balloted on strike action after passing a vote of no confidence in the management of the newly-merged charity.

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