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

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

Adele Owen

We offer support to those seeking
asylum in Gloucestershire

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

Drop-in centre

We offer a ‘safe space’, activities, refreshments, relationships; information, advocacy & advice on health, housing, benefits, immigration, law, education, career; Counselling provision for those suffering the effects of trauma; access to other agencies; food, toys, furniture, household items & bedding. All queries are treated in confidence.


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.

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.”