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

Job Vacancy

October 29, 2015

Resettlement Support Worker

Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers is seeking applications for the Post of Resettlement Support Worker

Full Time: 37.5  Hours a week (with some ‘on call’ requirements)
Salary: £22.212 NJC Scale 25
Location: Gloucester but some travel required
Closing date: 9am Monday 16th November 2015
Interview date: Tuesday 24th November 2015

This one year post aims to work with Syrian Refugees arriving in Gloucester/shire under the Syrian Resettlement Scheme and help them to start their new lives in the UK. This will   involve supporting individuals and families through the stages of integration, including preparation and planning prior to their arrival; housing; financial support; access into education; health and employment.

Closing Date for Applications: 9am on Monday 16th November 2015.
Post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Checks.
For information and application pack including job description, please e-mail: info@garas.org.uk or telephone: 01452 550528.

Jumble Sale

October 21, 2015

Some of our friends who have been supporting the Calais Refugee Camp are holding a

Jumble Sale


St Barnabas Church Hall, Stroud Rd, Gloucester


Saturday 31st October,

11am – 1pm

Clothing, Bric-a-Brac, Books, Toys – go and grab a bargain!

Plus Raffle & Refreshments

This will be supporting Medecins sans Frontieres and ‘Children of The Jungle’, organisations who are working in the Calais Refugee Camp.

Admission: Adults 30p

A poster to download and print off is available here: 31st Oct Jumble Sale Calais .

Theresa May

October 6, 2015

Whilst sorting all the very generous harvest donations today, given from Churches and schools across the county, the Home Secretary Theresa May has been speaking about making the system even harder for those who claim asylum here.  It doesn’t seem right to let this go by unnoticed.  You can read the Refugee Council’s response here

Pudding Night 14/10/15

September 24, 2015

We are very pleased to invite you along to our Pudding Evening fundraiser for GARAS, on Wednesday 14th October.  Once again, it will be generously hosted by Nature in Art.

Queen of puds … Emma was challenged to dispatch the best of the Pudding Club.Please bring along a pudding to share.  Tickets are £5, available from the GARAS office or on the door.  The ticket price is simply a bargain, as it includes entry to the galleries, including the 2015 British Wildlife Photography Awards exhibition.  (Doors to the galleries open at 7pm, with the Pudding Evening itself 7:30pm for 8pm.)

Perfect timing for Bake Off fans- the series will have just ended.  So come and enjoy, but let’s hope we don’t get too many soggy bottoms!

Here is a downloadable poster: garas poster pudding eve 15

What can you do? #33

September 21, 2015

Following on from our lists of ideas, of what you can do to help, here’s our latest offering:

Take a banner or poster along to a Rugby World Cup match saying ‘#Refugees Welcome’.

If you’re not going to one of the matches, why not take your printed message along to the fanzone in the Gloucester Docks?  You might get noticed by the ITV cameras there!

The next match at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester will be Japan v Scotland on Weds 23rd Sept at 2:30pm.