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

Recommended Reading/ Viewing

We recommend watching someĀ powerful films made by unaccompanied asylum seeking young people in U.K. with the Uprising part of the Surviving to Thriving project. Rebecca, our UASC Liasion Worker writes, “The ones I have seen (“prejudice” and “loneliness”) speak very clearly of young people’s experiences here. The films are made to be shown freely and so please share!

I found them by going to YouTube and searching #survivingtothriving.”

Refugee Boy by Benjamin Zephaniah
Written suitable for older teenagers, a good introduction to refugee issues in the UK

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Also an excellent film, a fascinating insight into life in Afghanistan under the Taleban

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Focuses on the life of women in Afghanistan before 9/11

The Other Hand by Chris Cleave
A gripping, and chilling story set in Yarlswood, London and Nigeria

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q Rauf
A refugee child joins a school and a boy goes out of his way to welcome him. A story book suitable for junior school children

The Silence Seeker by Ben Morley
A thought- provoking younger children’s picture story book

In This World – Michael Winterbottom film
Follows two unaccompanied youngsters on their journey to the UK

Sitting in Limbo Currently (June 2020) available to watch on BBC iplayer
Recommended watch by our women’s worker

If you have any other books or resources you recommend, please let us know.