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

What’s in a Week?

June 19, 2023

We mark specific days and weeks every year, from birthdays to commemorations, from celebrations to opportunities to raise awareness, and this week is Refugee Week.

What does that mean to you?

To me, it means another opportunity to contemplate what a refugee lives through, to celebrate what they contribute and to have more opportunities to explore what is the current situation.

This week launches in the backdrop of the awful drownings in the Mediterranean last week which once again focuses the mind of the awful journeys and risks that are taken to try to get to safety. And reminds me of the horrors they have already left behind.

As ever, it is in an important moment to remember that every refugee has already left so much behind and even if we never know who they were, they were once part of a community and of a family.

So a sombre start to the week.