I: Steven Cunio
NCH, Trafford Young Carers Project
I now (Jul 2004) work for NCH the Children's Charity as a Project Administrator. It's great working there. The team is fantastic! Everyone is really supportive to me, appreciating the positive impact my presence on the admin has made as well as helping me deal with personal troubles that still hound me 10 years on.
NCH was the only organisation I had any respect for as I tried to avoid the court process to get more time for me and my son together. They treated me with warmth and kindness as I sought their help in listening to David, putting him first and then mediating between me and my ex. Unfortunately as mediation would only amount to an informal agreement and with the difficulties I would have facing my ex-wife because of the domestic violence I had suffered, it was recommended that I should go to Court.
One year on (having been to Court getting just one extra hour with my son) I'd been passively keeping my eyes out for something new to do, hopefully whilst maintaining my playwork at Kids United. One day I bought a copy of The Big Issue (the Kill Bill Vol 2 one) and there in the back was the advert for a part time project administrator, 25 hours a week for NCH and in Sale! Fantastic! Everything I could do, for a charity I held in high regard, close by and with hours to suit my need to be eased back into things.
I went for the interview, I got the job and now I work at NCH and I kept up hours at Kids United as a volunteer teaching computers on a Monday (Sep 2004)! :)
Happy as Larry
I suppose I'm a hippy then but an urban techno hippy at that! All these green ideals and a first class honours degree in Information Technology. I have the power to share and that's precisely what I did with my company Happy as Larry. No nonsense web site design, simple and elegant, leveling the playing field for those who could never afford my skills were I to optout and into the 9 while 5 of big blue chip companies. What's more although my charges reflected true time spent on a project and not some far fetched idea based on self esteem, ego and the need for the latest BMW my clients got web sites that matched and certainly bettered their competitors given the same budget.
I only did web sites for people I liked, generally through personal recommendation or from having met or worked with them in some other capacity. Generally speaking in a tutor or volunteer capacity. I centred my work around the arts, charity and education sectors.
Lime (Hospital Arts)
My main contract in 2004 was for Lime where I established a new financial system to tie in with the existing and very paper heavy Charitable Funds audit structure. This ran from a series of spreadsheets that I utilised as the foundation for a project information package. I did all this work at just £15 per hour (2002), the same rate as the artists and the great thing is my life experience and knowledge is also well appreciated with smiles, empathy and a fantastic flexible and open working environment from wonderful companions.
AIDS/HIV Awareness Free CD
At Lime we completed a project linking groups from Moss Side and Zimbabwe. The groups worked with many artists including Raphael Chikukwa and completed many fine works of art and a music CD. All work was in aid of raising AIDS/HIV awareness.
The following is a track from the CD produced by the people of Zimbabwe, Moss Side and the artists working at and for Lime and Project Cuts.
To order your CD free of charge call +44 (0)161 256 4389 and speak to anyone in the office... now there's a pleasant suprise. Enjoy!