Little at Large: Here's a new way to cut the number of charities

There are psychologists who reckon they can make two people fall in love simply by locking them in a room together.

Strangely, it seems the same kind of technique is being applied to charities.

Can Mezzanine, a social enterprise that provides shared office space for small charities, is celebrating its first merger. Love has bloomed between two Can tenants, student finance charity Uniaid and e-mentoring organisation the Brightside Trust, and they have decided to tie the knot. Andrew Croft, director of Can Mezzanine and the Cilla Black of the charity world, has declared himself "thrilled that the two organisations met here". Surely, an online dating service for charities beckons: "Small children's charity would like to meet youth volunteering organisation with similar taste in beneficiaries. Large fundraising database desirable."

Tory 42-day rebel David Davis continues to provoke a range of reactions from campaigning organisations. Liberty approves of his stance, though we won't go into details about what time of day they like to talk to each other. But Stonewall has allegedly been arguing that Davis's stance on gay rights and voting record on civil partner-ships are less than liberal. This has enraged Tory blogger Iain Dale, Davis's former chief of staff, who writes that his former boss went out of his way to attend his civil partnership a couple of weeks ago and "was so obviously moved ... that if he had to vote on it again, he might vote in a different way". What a difference a wedding makes.

We have a candidate for the most radical name change of the year: gap year volunteering charity Raleigh International has changed its name to Raleigh. Given the current fashion for acronyms, in a couple of years it might be known simply as 'R'.

 -  Mathew Little is a freelance writer


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