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

Education pack for schools and colleges

GARAS is delighted to publish this education pack, designed for use in schools and colleges. It is free to use, we would simply ask that you cite GARAS when using the work.

Gloucestershire has played host to migrants in various ways over more than 1,000 years. This pack explores the origins of migration to the county, as well as links to slavery throughout the centuries. It also considers the role of Gloucestershire in the Second World War, with the Kindertransport children who came to Gloucester.

Using a variety of documented, empirical and anecdotal evidence, the education pack explores themes of travel, family, loss, belonging and home.

Part 1

Refugees in Gloucestershire: Introduction and Background to GARAS (an introduction to the education pack, outlining where it fits into the National Curriculum with regards to History and other subjects)


Part 2

Refugees in Gloucestershire: A History (pre-Roman through to World War 2, including case studies of Belgian Refugees in WWI as well as a case study from the Kindertransport in WWII)


Part 3

Refugees in Gloucestershire: Slavery (an overview of slavery, from Roman times through to the present day, with a focus on local historical figure, George Whitefield)


Part 4

Refugees in Gloucestershire: The Skeleton That Dates Back 1,000 Years! (a focussed lesson on a 1,000 year old sub-Saharan skeleton, discovered in Fairford in 2013)


Additional materials