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.

In our drop-in centre we offer a 'safe space', activities, refreshments, relationships; information, advocacy & advice on health, housing, benefits, immigration, law, education, career; Counselling provision for those suffering the effects of trauma; access to other agencies; food, toys, furniture, household items & bedding.

We liaise with other agencies in Gloucestershire who encounter asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants. This includes negotiating access to services at a strategic level.

We aim to work with other agencies, decision makers, statutory bodies, schools, churches and other interested parties and bodies, to inform and raise awareness of the issues facing those seeking asylum in the UK.