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)
The Trust Centre
Falkner St
Gloucester
GL1 4SQ

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

Director
Adele Owen

We offer support to those seeking
asylum in Gloucestershire

GARAS’ purpose is to provide support to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants

GARAS opens the door to support 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 and helping them adjust to their long term future if they are recognised as ‘refugees’. We work with those arriving within the asylum process and those being resettled here.

Our clients have fled persecution (including imprisonment, torture and abuse), conflict, famine or hardship in their home country and taken extreme risks to reach a place of safety. All are desperate for security and respect and to rebuild their personal and working lives in peace.

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Drop-in centre

Our drop-in centre is a safe encouraging space providing high quality assistance to clients through:

  • information, advocacy and advice on asylum, immigration, housing, health, benefits, law, education, careers etc
  • activities, refreshments and relationships
  • access to other agencies
  • help with practical needs
  • psychotherapy for those suffering the effects of trauma
  • English for speakers of other languages

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Liaison

We liaise with other agencies in Gloucestershire who encounter asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. This includes negotiating access to services at a strategic level.

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Awareness Raising

We aim to work with other agencies, decision makers, statutory bodies, schools, churches and other interested parties and bodies, to inform and raise awareness of the issues facing those seeking asylum in the UK.

“the team here is not just doing its work, they go the extra mile/stretch themselves out to help in a genuine way.”