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

This Week

November 4, 2022

I have found this week hard. Maybe we all have.

To spend time with those deeply affected by the current circumstances in our asylum system is tough.

To know the situation is not looking like it will be Improved is any time soon is desperate. What is going on?

In the past twelve years we have seen the rise and development of the “hostile environment” leading to where we are now.

A broken system, that appears broken by those who should be fixing it, is breaking spirits. It is inhumane and it is appalling.

We want to give hope and struggle to find it, we want to find solutions but have no power to implement any.

But the bottom line is this: people seeking sanctuary are courageously keeping going, despite the many obstacles.

Here at GARAS, we will continue to give them a welcoming and safe space, treating each person as an individual, not a number.