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

Refugee Issues in the Arts

October 26, 2017

Over the next week or so, there a number of events being held in Gloucestershire that might be of interest to followers of this blog.

1) You may recall that I visited Bosnia and Herzegovina last autumn where I visited some of the places that were involved in the atrocities of the conflict in the war there. Amongst the people we met was a woman who was involved in helping women from Srebinica rebuild their lives and community. She will be visiting the University of Gloucestershire next week and you may be interested in hearing of the work she has been involved in. This link will connect to the booking page.

2) Meanwhile all week in Cheltenham, the Everyman theatre is showing a stage version of the Kite Runner by the talented Khaled Hosseini, retelling the story of 2 Afghan boys and their lives caught up as their homeland descends into war.


3) Over Monday 6th and Tuesday 7th of November, a play called The Bundle will be performed in Stroud and at GARAS, Gloucester. “Based closely on the story of a real woman and her three young children, who escape from domestic persecution and denial of human rights in Chechnya, to find a home in the UK. Here they encounter the
Home Office’s ‘hostile environment’ to asylum seekers and refugees.The Bundle has been commissioned by QARN (Quaker Asylum Seeker and Refugee Network).”

The Stroud event will be on the 6th November at the Trinity Rooms, Trinity Road Stroud and will start at 7.30. If you miss that evening you can come to GARAS, 111 Barton St, Gloucester, the following evening for a 7pm start.