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


August 27, 2015

I have been collecting for the migrants/asylum seekers in Calais … and have some bedding too that I can donate to GARAS… I’m thinking of going to the camp and volunteering in the school for a few days.  There has been a recent surge of people wanting to help on Facebook nationally – so lovely to know that this counters the awful rhetoric put out by the Government and the media.”

On Thursday 3rd September 2015 at 3pm, we will host a conference at GARAS entitled,
“InHumanE Rights? What is happening in Asylum?”
Our main speaker will be Dr Nick Gill from the University of Exeter. He will present on ‘Inhumanity in our time: Perspectives on border control and asylum in Britain’. There will then be some updates on immigration policy changes from the GARAS team and tea and cake afterwards. If you’d like to come, please RSVP to info@garas.org.uk .
In the week leading up to this, we’ll be posting snippets from emails into the GARAS inbox, showing some more of the positive, caring, compassionate response to the migrant crisis well documented in the press. All emails have been received in the past month.

Horrendous journeys, surely caused by desperation

October 3, 2013

“They all come ‘ere, take our houses, take our jobs…” We’ve all heard it. But, no they don’t (whoever ‘they’ are). Seeking safety, for asylum seekers, can be an extremely dangerous process and no mean feat. Sadly, stories like these are all too common.