Title: Fundraising Officer
What is your role at The Winch?:
My responsibilities are to raise money from trusts and foundations. It’s kind of like being Kamaji from ‘Spirited Away’, you are not on the front line but you keep the organisation ticking over. It involves lots of writing and explaining to people what The Winch is, what our staff do and why it’s so important.
How you got started at the Winch:
I’ve always been interested by social issues and what drives them and have explored these themes in my study of politics and philosophy. On a personal level I don’t believe inequality is something we ‘just have to live with’ and I think organisations like The Winch are crucial in a time when welfare provision is being pulled back. Organisations like The Winch try and keep the playing field level for children and young people and I see my role as an excellent opportunity to learn from an innovative organisation but more importantly to contribute to something worthwhile.
What’s your favourite thing about your job?:
Some people say that the thought of playing a guitar solo on a Saturday Night in front of a packed Glastonbury crowd with Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Bob Dylan watching and nodding appreciatively in the wings is exciting. They have clearly never won a funding bid. Jokes aside, securing funding that will allow us to pursue a new project is always exciting to share with the rest of the staff.
What are the more challenging aspects of your job?:
The challenging aspects in many ways are the most beneficial. Presenting our work to others means I need a really clear understanding of what we do and as I’m still relatively new to the organisation this usually means asking a lot of questions and accepting that frontline work is much more complex than you think it might be. Hearing the stories of what our front line staff do on a day-to-day is inspiring, as is building an understanding of how each element of our work feeds into another.
The deadline aspect of it also means I sometimes smash four coffees, a pot of houmous and a pack of hobnobs in a fit of ineffective hysteria. This is neither nutritionally advisable nor sustainable.
Tell us one of your best moments from working at The Winch:
I volunteered to referee a football game for our Richard Graham Memorial Tournament. In the final which was an admittedly tense affair (onlookers had surrounded the cage and it began to feel like a gladiators colosseum), I turned to an assistant to check the time left (I foolishly was unequipped to do this myself). At that moment I heard a cry as I have never heard before and turned to see players rushing towards me, with maddened eyes, contorted expressions and I had the general sense that I might be in grave danger. One team felt that they deserved a penalty and I had turned away at the crucial moment, they were understandably annoyed. As terrifying as it was, in that moment I felt empathy for every referee in the world ever and I was deeply humbled.
Fun Facts about Dan-
Favourite food: Lime Pickle or anything with an obnoxiously strong flavour.
Favourite place visited: Procida
Favourite film: ‘Muppet's Christmas Carol’ is up there but probably ‘Withnail and I’
Favourite actor: Brendan Gleeson is brilliant
Pet peeve: All the micro-aggressions of the London Underground.
Favourite TV show: The Simpsons every time.
Favourite book: Changes all the time but this year I read and loved ‘Birds Without Wings’ by Louis de Bernieres.
Favourite 90's jam: For some reason ‘Missing You’ by P Diddy and Faith Evans really reminds me of the 90's!
Favourite superhero: The Dalai Lama.
Would you rather fight 100 duck sized horses or one horse sized duck? I consider myself diplomatic, I would try and first negotiate a cessation to all combat if my hand is forced I fancy my chances against the duck.
What kind of dinosaur would you like to be? Brachiosaurus
What is your go-to shower/karaoke song? Anything which shows off my magnificent range.
If you were to become famous, what would it be for? Negotiating a ceasefire with 100 duck sized horses.