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

Helen Bamber 1925 – 2014

August 22, 2014

It seems appropriate that GARAS should acknowledge the death of Helen Bamber and all she strove to do throughout her life.

In 1945 she was one of those who went into Bergen-Belsen, where she worked to help alleviate the suffering of those survivors in the concentration camp.

She went on to be involved in the establishing part of Amnesty International, to found the Medical Foundation for Victims of Torture and latterly to start the Helen Bamber Foundation. Her lifelong commitment to helping those who have suffered at the hands of fellow human beings has been extraordinary and we salute her passing.

In 2009, we were privileged to hearing her speak at an event in Bristol and we came away inspired by her and all she had achieved and was continuing to do at a time when many of us would be ready to retire quietly and enjoy a well deserved rest.

The following has been stated by ILPA:

You will join with colleagues at the Helen Bamber Foundation and those working for human rights, for refugees and to help survivors of human rights abuses, many of them survivors themselves, in mourning Helen Bamber OBE and acknowledging the incredible gifts she gave tirelessly to all whose lives she touched. So many of us have been helped and inspired by her and seen the changes her work wrought in our clients’ lives. Her glamour and wit also brightened our world. An absolutely extraordinary woman has left us, but left us richer for the gifts she shared.

Obituary on Helen Bamber Foundation Website: http://www.helenbamber.org/

Memorial Fund https://www.justgiving.com/HelenBamberMemorialFund/

There is also an article on the BBC:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28890331