Our Mission

At GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) we offer support to those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire, welcoming them when they arrive, advocating for them in their daily struggles, supporting them if they face being sent back as well as helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as refugees.

Contact Information

Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS)
111 Barton Street

Telephone: 01452 550528
Fax: 01452 538903
email: info@garas.org.uk

Adele Owen

GARAS is 20 years old 

We are now beginning to make some concrete plans for the coming months and we shall be keeping you informed of what is happening, but here are some of the early events that we hope you will want to come to:

1st and 2nd March at 7pm-  Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

This is who I am - Presented by ice&fire https://www.everymantheatre.org.uk/m-shows/this-is-who-i-am/

First hand accounts of LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK, addressing the particular challenges they face. Read by members of the Actors for Human Rights Network.  ice&fire explores human rights stories through performance. we put human rights at the core of everything we do to make accessible theatre for a wide range of audiences across the UK. 

Each performance will be followed by a Q&A Session.

11th, 12th and 13th March various times - Gloucester Guildhall

Now is the Time to Say Nothing -  https://www.strikealightfestival.org.uk/events/now-is-the-time/

Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts. The show is a provocation against armchair passivity. Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. We see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs.

15th March at 3.30pm - GARAS building, Barton St, Gloucester

The Big Hug this is an opportunity to celebrate our diversity. Working with the BBC and World Cafe we want to get together representatives of as many different nationalities as possible. If you are not British by birth or have joint nationality we would love to have you join us that day.  Please bring proof of nationality, Passport or ID.

Also 15th March 7pm Nature In Art Twigworth. £5 a head

Pudding Evening - Following the success of previous similar evening we shall be able to see the wonderful Wildlife Photographer of The Year Exhibition and then enjoying shared Puddings together! Please bring a pudding to share and bring your friends. This is a fund-raiser for GARAS so be prepared to buy raffle tickets!

15th May - 23rd June (not mondays) Nature in Art , Twigworth

Migrations Exhibition - Amazing watercolours paintings by Derek Robertson which overlay depictions of refugees and migrants with studies of migrating birds. Includes a talk on 23rd May and talk by artist.

This is just a start! We shall update the website as these change, and continue to keep you all informed. 

We have some lovely flyers if you would like copies, please let me know and we shall post them over. 

Do encourage friends and family to come and participate