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 12, 2018

Another day at GARAS!

This week has seen its share of stories of pain and suffering at the hands of fellow human beings.
The malicious and intended deliberate acts to use and abuse, to traffick and torture, to maim and inflict pain.

Then there is the less intended consequence of inaction, of withholding of support, or manipulating facts to prolong the decision making processes, more of that another time!

But in the midst there can be so many acts of kindness, of humour, of interaction with our fellow human beings. Whilst trying to sort out a few extras to improve life for a new family settling into Gloucester, we offered them a tin opener. It was obvious from the expressions this tool had never been seen before, so the miming of how to use a can opener caused humour all round and laughter is always a good way to build relationships.

But the highlight of the day was meeting young Edie. Edie has been determined to help refugees and to make life a little better for another little girl like her.
So for months she has been fundraising, washing cars, doing what she can to raise enough money to buy a bicycle, so someone can enjoy what she enjoys. Yesterday she came with her mother to give this to her new friend Nadia. They met and Nadia was given her brand new, shiny bicycle, they smiled shyly at each other and found a bond. It was a really lovely moment to witness and to know for certain and without doubt that love and care can win out!