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

In Honour of Barbara Winton

September 26, 2022

We are sad to learn of the death of our Patron, Barbara Winton.

We were privileged to met Barbara in 2019 at the time of our 20th birthday. She came to an event we organised at St Mary de Crypt. Her work with Safe Passage and compassion for refugee children was inspiring. In her own right Barbara did so much to further the cause and worked hard in an attempt to improve rights for children along with the aim of reuniting children here with family members being able to come here. Even during lockdowns we discussed campaigns and how to challenge the impending Nationality and Borders Act.

This was coupled with her family history and the work her father, Sir Nicholas Winton, had done in ensuring hundreds of Jewish children were able to reach safety on the Kindertransport.

Thank you, Barbara, I am so proud to have known you and to have you as a GARAS patron. You will be sorely missed.