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

Urgent Needs

As well as the general list of donations below, we currently have an urgent need for laptops and tablets in good working condition. Many of our clients face digital poverty in addition to other needs, and for those with children who need to be home schooled during the current pandemic, laptops and tablets (with working webcams) are vital.

Lawnmower request: If you have a (small) lawnmower in good working order that you are willing to donate, please get in touch with Hannah (advice@garas.org.uk). A client we are working with is in need of one to maintain her new garden.

We would also be grateful to receive any donations of working electric sewing machines, for several of our clients.

If you are able to help with any of these requests, please contact our office on 01452 550528, or info@garas.org.uk. Thank you!

We are also grateful and open to receiving the following donations:

 Food, household goods and toiletries:

~ You can download and print off shopping lists for ongoing, general practical donations here

~ New or nearly new kettles, toasters & microwaves for clients who are moving house. 

~ Please contact us if you have furniture you wish to donate.  We do not have storage so unfortunately cannot use everything that is offered.  (If you have any storage available in Gloucester, we would be interested to hear from you.)

– Educational materials to give to or use with clients in our English classes:

~ Radios, for clients to practise their English listening skills at home, where they might not have a TV.

~ Pens for our English classes.

~ Dictionaries: Arabic-English dictionary (please click here for link), English-Farsi picture dictionary (please click here for link), Amharic-English and Tigrinya-English dictionaries. Also the Oxford Essential Dictionary (aimed at those learning English) (please click here for link, also available on Ebay).

– Miscellaneous:

~ Serviced bicycles (especially men’s bikes, to help clients to get to job interviews and work, and children’s bikes for our unaccompanied asylum-seeking children). Bikes can be serviced at a very reasonable price at Gloucester Bike Project.

~ Backpacks, D locks and bike lights for clients who cycle.

~ Rucksacks (daysacks) for students for school and college.

~ Footballs, sizes 3, 4 and 5, which we can give to recently arrived refugee children.

~ Nice material for the women’s sewing group for dressmaking.

~ Laptops & tablets: If you have a laptop to donate, these would be particularly appreciated by our clients currently living in digital poverty. A lack of access to the internet can deny clients job opportunities and access to benefits, whilst children cannot be home schooled in the current pandemic without a laptop or tablet with a working webcam. Please contact us on 01452 550528, or info@garas.org.uk if you have a laptop or tablet to donate – we will ensure they are wiped of any previous information before passing them on.

~ Kites and children’s bikes, for our unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

We regret that we are unable to take donations of clothing. We suggest you take these along to a charity shop, for example the Salvation Army shop on Eastgate Street, GL1 1QU or Elim charity shop Lifelink, Park End Rd, GL1 5AN where clients can obtain them at an affordable price. We currently do not have a need, or storage space, for children’s toys or furniture, but these can be donated to gloucestershire bundles, to whom we refer clients, or a charity shop. Thank you.