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

Shoe boxes for GARAS – working together

November 20, 2014

This morning I unloaded my jam packed car of 40 filled shoe boxes: the generous donation of people across Cheltenham.

shoe boxes

This was following an event held at the University of Gloucestershire for Inter Faith week.

People from a wide variety of faiths and none had come together to eat, share and create. Donations had been made for three different charities, of which we were one: of toiletries; food; scarves; hats; gloves; chocolate; all kind of little luxuries to cheer someone up. Then together people, sat and wrapped and filled their boxes and wrote cards for the recipients. The theme for the evening was compassion and each faith representative said a little bit about their own commitment to caring and kindness for others. The outpouring of this was very evident!

Now we can enjoy the fun part of passing this on to help our clients know that there are people in the UK who wish them well.