Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

Teenage Cancer Trust has expanded its comms department with three new recruits. It has appointed Catherine Cullen as director of communications. She joins after eight years contracting for charities including Comic Relief and The Prince's Trust. Also hired are a head of media relations and an account manager.

The National Autistic Society Scotland, together with more than 100 organisations and key people in Scotland, has launched a report calling for an Autism Bill. The report asks the Scottish Government to implement a national strategy backed with legislative power.

SOS Children's press office is promoting World Orphan Week, which takes place from 8-14 February. The week aims to help give orphaned and abandoned children a family.

Chatsworth Communications stepped in to manage media after the collision between a Japanese whaling vessel and an eco boat last week. The agency had previously worked closely with the boat to support its record-breaking world circumnavigation attempt.

Barnardo's saw a 23 per cent increase in visits to its website on Christmas Day, after its digital campaign. The Teens' Speech film, which premiered on MySpace's front page, had 737 visits on Christmas Day '09 compared with 597 in '08.

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