I recently met with Helen and her daughter Christine to talk about Helen’s work with Storehouse.
Q: I know you got the MBE a few years ago, before you started Storehouse. What had you been doing up to then in the community?
A: For many years I had been involved in youth and community work on a voluntary basis initially in East Belfast before moving to Bangor in the early 1980s. Joining First Bangor Presbyterian Church I continued with that work helping set up an English language class, and through that I became more involved and working with and supporting the ethnic minority communities in Bangor and beyond, so really the MBE was for ‘services to the community in North Down’. I rarely use my MBE title but it can be useful on occasions, as a way of getting a bit more ‘clout’ for the people I am trying to help!