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UpRising Alumni Recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours List

14 July 2021

Our alum, Atif Ali, has been awarded the BEM as part of the 2021 Queen's Birthday Honours list. He has been recognised for the support he has provided to the community in Birmingham during the pandemic. A huge congratulations to Atif from UpRising on this well-deserved honour!

Atif completed his Masters in Law from the University of Birmingham in 2017. He is a Programme Officer (Health Inequalities) at Birmingham City Council. He is the Youth Advisory Group Lead at Big Change and volunteers his time as a Co-opted Independent Member on the Housing & Community Services Committee at Bournville Village Trust and as a Trustee at The Veolia Environmental Trust. Atif is a Fellow of both The Lunar Society Birmingham and The Royal Society of Arts. In the 2021 Queens Birthday Honours, he received a BEM for Services to the community in Birmingham during Covid-19.

Atif spoke to us and shared his amazing journey:

"I took part in the UpRising Birmingham Leadership Programme in 2017-18. It was an amazing experience whereby I was able to develop the skills that I needed. I had just completed my Masters and was looking for something to improve the skills that I need outside of the academic environment and for the workplace. During Covid, I have supported vulnerable people and their families across Birmingham. This has included making deliveries to families of newborn babies of essential supplies, helping young carers, and getting vital support for those with learning disabilities when relied on services were stopped. It is an absolute honour and privilege to be recognised for my work by receiving the BEM for Services to the community in Birmingham during Covid-19. I'm motivated by a sense of duty and a desire to serve others. For it is in giving that we receive."