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

Here we go again

March 4, 2022

There will be wars and rumours of war.

Sadly this has been ever thus. In the relative short time GARAS has existed, nearly 23 years, we have seen how true this is.

Over those years we have worked with clients fleeing conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo, Eritrea and Ethiopia, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We support those affected by the wars in Iraq, Palestine, Sudan, Yemen, Syria and the constant affects of the fighting in Afghanistan.

Now it feels different again because it feels closer. But not for those caught up. For every single refugee from conflict there are so many, many losses. Everyone has to make the decision – do you leave or stay? And how long to wait before making the decision.

Who stays behind? If anyone?

Those who leave are those who can, those with resources to move. Maybe those who already have a passport. For those who can afford it a flight is more comfortable, but those choices may be taken away.

This can happen to any of us. One day we are at work and going home to our families the next it’s gone and all our comforts with it.

I have worked with refugee doctors, teachers, pastors, engineers, University lecturers, farmers, shop keepers and market stall holders. All their lives were thrown into disarray by the decisions of governments with no consideration for the individuals dreadfully affected.

All lives are precious and all have the right to be safe.

Let’s remember and support Ukraine. And while we do please let us remember these other countries as well and, sadly, so many more.