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
Gloucester
GL1 4HR

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

Director
Adele Owen

Donations:

In Memory of The Right Revd Michael Perham, previously Bishop of Gloucester
We are very grateful and honoured to have been chosen by the Perham family to be the recipients of gifts in memory of the late The Right Reverend Michael Perham previously Bishop of Gloucester. Here on our website are links to methods of giving which can be used to best suit you, such as CAF Donate, or Give.net.

If you would like to email us so that we are aware that it is in his memory, that would be really helpful: please use info@garas.org.uk.

Urgent Needs

As well as the general list of donations below, we currently have a few urgent needs for several individual clients.  If you are able to donate a microwave, an iron, or a lawnmower, we would be very grateful.  If you are able to help with any of these requests, please contact Rachel at our office, on 01452 550528, or info@garas.org.uk.  Thank you!

We are also grateful and open to receiving the following donations:

- Food, household goods and toiletries:

~ You can download and print off shopping lists for ongoing, general practical donations here.  We are currently in desperate need of donations of oil, tinned tomatoes, coffee and, in particular, tinned fish.

~ Please contact us if you have furniture you wish to donate.  We do not have storage so unfortunately cannot use everything that is offered.  (If you have any storage available in Gloucester, we would be interested to hear from you.)

- Educational materials to give to or use with clients in our English classes:

~ Radios, for clients to practise their English listening skills at home, where they might not have a TV.

~ Dictionaries: Arabic-English dictionary (please click here for link), English-Farsi picture dictionary (please click here for link), Amharic-English and Tigrinya-English dictionaries. Also the Oxford Essential Dictionary (aimed at those learning English) (please click here for link, also available on Ebay).

- Miscellaneous:

~ Serviced bicycles (especially men's bikes, to help clients to get to job interviews and work, and children's bikes for our unaccompanied asylum-seeking children). Bikes can be serviced at a very reasonable price at Gloucester Bike Project.

~ Backpacks and D locks for clients who cycle.

~ Footballs, sizes 3, 4 and 5, which we can give to recently arrived refugee children.

~ Nice material for the women's sewing group for dressmaking.

~ Laptops: If you have a laptop to donate, please send it to IT Schools Africa in Cheltenham.  We are working with them to facilitate laptops to our clients.

~ Kites and children's bikes, for our unaccompanied asylum seeking children.