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

Simpsons at the Stroud Half Marathon

October 13, 2016

You’ve heard of the Brownlee Brothers.  In Gloucestershire we have the Simpson Siblings!  They are very generously fundraising for GARAS as they run the Stroud Half Marathon together on 23rd October.  Please would you consider sponsoring them as they prepare and to help them keep motivated along the scenic 13.1miles?  You can visit their sponsorship page here.simpsonsiblings

Events update

June 22, 2016

A few more events have been drawn to our attention:

In Stroud this Saturday (25th June), there will be Arabic music playing at the Stroud sub rooms forecourt from 10am to 5pm.

On Saturday 9th July, a family fun day picnic will be held in Cheltenham at the Park Campus of the University of Gloucestershire.  (Please see below.)

Attachment-1Please mark your diaries if these take your fancy!  Thanks.

Event round up

May 16, 2016

Open Garden – 11 June 2016

You are invited to an Open Garden in Staunton on Saturday 11th June 2016, 2-6pm.  Proceeds will be split evenly between GARAS and Freedom from Torture.  Please see the poster, share among your contacts and come along to Vine Farm, Malvern Rd, Staunton, GL19 3NZ.  Tickets are available on the door: £5 per person, under 10s go free.  This includes tea and cake.  (The event will be called off if it’s raining – tel 01452 840177.)

Film Night – 26 June 2016

A documentary about the making of Queens of Syria will be shown on Sunday 26th June at 8.30 pm at the Sherborne Cinema in Gloucester. Tickets are £5 each (popcorn is £1) and there will be a retiring collection for GARAS.

Adele Owen, our Director, will be there and give a short presentation prior to the screening.  Doors open at 8pm.  You can view a trailer here.

The live show will open at the Young Vic in London in July, and run for a week before touring the UK, so this is an exclusive screening!


The Film night will be shown during Refugee Week.  If you would like to organise an event: fundraising or otherwise during Refugee Week, please contact us and we can provide literature about GARAS and information about refugees and asylum seekers here.

Documentary Screening Friday 22/4/16

April 20, 2016

You are welcome to attend a screening of ‘Mirrors to Windows’ this Friday 22nd April, 7:30pm at Gloucester Cathedral Chapter House.  “Award-winning documentary film directed by Susan Steinberg exploring the Artist as Woman.”  It acts as a fund raiser, with some proceeds going to GARAS.  Here is the flier, for you to download and share among your contacts. Mirrors to Windows flier

Food to Syria

March 22, 2016

Friends at Refugee Aid Stroud are arranging a drop off point for food collections to go to the people of Syria, abroad.  Please see this poster syria2GLOUCESTER (1) for more details and feel free to get involved.  Thanks.

  • Update: the poster shows the Gloucester collection point at Motala’s food shop.  As per comments below, there is also a collection point in Cheltenham: at The Baptist Church, 38 Church Street, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, GL53 8AR -Monday- Saturday 9-5