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
email: info@garas.org.uk

Adele Owen

GEM – Going the Extra Mile

GARAS is proud to continue to be working in conjunction with GEM, with our marvellous member of the team, Sarah.  

Going the Extra Mile, is a 1- 2-1 employment, training and volunteering programme for individuals who may experience extra barriers to ultimately achieving their goals of gaining employment. Through working with you on your individual action plan, the GEM officer, your Navigator Developer, will work with you and develop a plan, then support you to realize that plan and achieve your goals. 

The process is completely led by you and the Navigator Developer will help by providing dedicated and personalised help.



Would you like to help make and donate some facemasks to be used at our centre when we look to hold a phased re-opening as lockdown begins to ease?

We are looking to ask everyone who enters the building to wear a face mask.  & Then take it home and wash for reuse.  If you are keen to make some for GARAS, to help protect clients and workers, please use a template of your choice.  There are plenty of patterns and tutorials available on google. For one example, please see here.

Please post any facemasks to: GARAS, The Trust Centre, Falkner St, Gloucester, GL1 4SQ.

Or drop outside the door on a working week day.  Thank you!

Covid 19

Given the Covid 19 situation, the GARAS drop-in is currently closed.  But staff are available to help.  If you know the phone number or email for your support worker, please contact them.  If you do not know this, please send a Whatsapp message to 07909 147656.  If your enquiry is general, please contact info@garas.org.uk and thank you to everyone who is continuing to support us at this time. We are very grateful to all the generous incoming donations, such as the financial ones.

Alex Chalk

Patrons are appointed by GARAS Trustees on the understanding that they share our commitment to the support of refugees and asylum seekers in Gloucestershire. A patron, having been appointed, may subsequently be removed by the Trustees if their commitment has been violated. In the circumstances, we have written to Alex Chalk to ask that he confirm his vote and to explain how he believes that vote can be reconciled with his role as a Patron of GARAS. Trustees will give consideration to any response he might make when determining whether or not he should be removed as a Patron”.

Kinder Transport Anniversary Celebration

Here is a link to a You Tube video of the amazing event held at St Mary de Crypt on the 18th June 2019. This is an opportunity to here the speakers from that occasion and be moved by the various stories told that night.

Refugee Week

During Refugee Week, we had a lot of positive media coverage. Michael Zorek, whose father came to Gloucester on the Kindertransport in June 1939, was interviewed several times, including on Gloucestershirelive.

Michael was also interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire with Sue Oppenheimer, one of our trustees. Thanks to BBC Radio Gloucestershire, you can listen into their conversation here. Hannah, one of our Advice Workers, was also interviewed on BBC Radio Gloucestershire, her conversation can be heard here.