A BELFAST community worker is celebrating “the surprise of his life” after being honoured. Michael Briggs’ MBE was rewarded for services beyond the call of duty in the voluntary sector and community.
“Even though we’ve hardly moved out of the office, it’s all been pretty busy,” explained the East Belfast Community Development Agency Executive Director.
“We’ve been managing our COVID programme, buying bulk food to get out to groups we support. We developed a network of groups delivering small packages to people who are vulnerable, shielding or in financial need.” The 57 year-old continued:
“There are so many stories from older people who say ‘it’s just good to know people are thinking about us.”
Thinking the honour email was promotional, Michael initially “didn’t actually take it seriously”.
He revealed: “I nearly didn’t open it. Then I saw it was from the Cabinet Office. “For me, it’s about the efforts of other people as well. “So many people have been very supportive over the years. I’m the one who ends up getting the award, but other people have been involved in the success of my work.”