The Week in Charities - 22 May

Mencap has hit out at the British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) for using the word 'retarded' in an adoption guide for gay couples. The learning disability organisation sent out a press release condemning the BAAF. A spokesperson said: 'There would quite rightly be outrage if a racist word was used in a government pamphlet - so why is abhorrent disablist language so often overlooked?'

RSPB won a third place in the ‘best internet programme’ category at this year’s Sony Radio Academy Awards for its monthly Nature’s Voice podcast. The judges said the podcast ‘made great use of the internet to reach a specialist interest group, while remaining accessible to a far wider audience’. Alissa Cook, Nature’s Voice co-ordinator at the RSPB, said: ‘More and more charities are using podcasts to reach out to supporters.’

Shelter has appointed Louise Parkes as director of fundraising. Parkes was previously head of fundraising at Help The Aged, in charge of a team of 26. Prior to this she was at The Cancer Research Campaign.

The RNID has appointed Annie Goss as media manager. Goss has been press and public affairs manager at the Social Care Institute for the last three years. She replaces Sophie Davison, who is now freelancing.

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