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

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.