The Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, has refused to meet the leaders of the food bank charity the Trussell Trust, and denied its claims that the increase in the number of people turning to the charity for help was linked to the government’s benefit reforms.
A project to raise awareness of malnutrition among older people is being launched by the charity Age UK, with government backing.
Artwork painted by cats using an iPad app at a Cats Protection centre in Belfast is being sold to raise money for the charity.
Staff and volunteers from the charity St Petroc's Society have found 59 people sleeping rough or in makeshift shelters in Cornwall in one night.
Thieves broke into a car in south Armagh and stole money that had been collected for an annual 10-day Christmas sit-out by a volunteer, John Dalzell, in aid of Southern Area Hospice Services.
The Georgia Williams Trust, a charity set up in memory of the teenager murdered in Shropshire in May, will start considering applications for grants in January after announcing it had raised more than £30,000.