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
General enquiries: info@garas.org.uk
Administrative enquiries: admin@garas.org.uk

Adele Owen


April 24, 2017

Support comes in all sorts of ways as I have been reminded of on several occasions in the last few days.

This afternoon, I attended a school assembly at Stroud High School. At Christmas we received a wonderful selection of beautifully wrapped, prepared and marked shoe boxes of presents from the students. It was good to be able to thank them in person and to tell them a little about our work.

In the week before Easter, Gloucestershire Fire Service gave us a wonderful day at The Skillzone. Families and youngsters had a great time, were very well looked after and fed and it was organised incredibly well. It is fair to say that the “big toys” (fire engines etc) remain the favourite of young people whether young in fact or in mind!

Later that same week, Rachel Treweek, Bishop Of Gloucester, came and met with a number of people who wanted to mark the Easter events quietly. It was a special short service and a generous gift in a very busy week for her. (In addition she left us with a good number of Easter Eggs that were enjoyed by many people.)

In the last few days, we have become aware of the death of the previous Bishop of Gloucester, Michael Perham. As Bishop Rachel currently is, he was previously a Patron of GARAS and through his initiative we were able to start “Bishop’s Fund”, a fund that has been incredibly helpful and supportive to many GARAS clients facing destitution over the intervening years.