Birmingham refugee support scheme wins responsible business award

Recognition for company enabling refuges to adapt.

A project which helps young refugees and asylum seekers settle in Birmingham is among the winners in a leading responsible business awards scheme.

Global professional services firm Marsh McLennan, which has a base in Brindleyplace, won the Regional Impact Award in the Lord Mayor’s Dragon Awards, organised by the City of London Corporation.

The company was recognised for its Surviving To Thriving scheme – delivered in partnership with British Red Cross and the Refugee Council – which helps young people understand their rights and access vital social, mental health and educational support.

Held every year by the City Corporation – the governing body for London’s historic Square Mile – the Dragon Awards recognise businesses in London and around the UK which build strong community relationships, tackle disadvantage or inequality, promote inclusion or boost skills.

Chris Lay, Chief Executive Officer, Marsh UK & Ireland & Country Corporate Officer, Marsh McLennan UK, said: “We are humbled to have received this award, which is a testament to the extraordinary impact that can be achieved through strategic collaboration between businesses like ours and charities like British Red Cross.

“I extend my thanks to the amazing volunteers who gave up their time to help young refugees and provide them with the tools and access to services they need as they make their way in a new country. Programmes like these underscore Marsh McLennan’s commitment to make a difference in the moments that matter and to help society rise to meet today’s urgent challenges.”

During 2019-2020, Marsh McLennan’s funding of Surviving to Thriving supported 149 young people in Birmingham, equipping them with life skills, personal resilience and leadership opportunities with regular group sessions on first aid, employability, online safety and women’s health.

Lord Mayor of the City of London William Russell said: “This extraordinary year has presented enormous challenges for individuals and organisations across the UK, and has highlighted more than ever the important role businesses can play in working for the benefit of their communities.

“I was really impressed with the innovative, creative and impactful ways companies, which have themselves faced difficult times during the pandemic, have given their time and effort to help make a positive impact on people’s lives.”

This year’s Dragon Awards were organised for the first time by Heart of the City, the City Corporation-funded charity which supports hundreds of small and medium-sized enterprises with their responsible business programmes.

The awards are part of the City Corporation’s commitment to work in partnership with businesses, charities and other authorities to create a more responsible, inclusive and competitive society. More information is available at A project which helps young refugees and asylum seekers settle in Birmingham is among the winners in a leading responsible business awards scheme.

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