GARAS (Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers) offers 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. We offer a 'safe space', activities, advice counselling provision and access to other agencies, food and essential household and personal equipment.
We need to move out of our current premises at 111 Barton Street at the end of March as the landlord needs the building back to extend the Doctors surgery. Our new premises will be just a short distance away in Falkner Street. We need help to pack up the old premises and set up the new premises so we can be ready to support those seeking asylum in Gloucestershire without any break to our services.
There are many different tasks that will need to be done at the new premises, so a large team to tackle the tasks in smaller groups or pairs would be a great approach.
Tasks we will need completing include:
• Helping pack up the Barton Street premises and load furniture and equipment for transport
• Painting & decorating of rooms in the new premises
• Basic DIY to put up shelves, fix up blinds etc
• Assembly of flat pack furniture and other dressing of rooms to make them functional and inviting
• Unpacking of office and other equipment and setting up of rooms
• General cleaning of rooms
We are looking at a three week window for the move and set up of the new premises, beginning towards the end of the week of 18th March. The main work will take place in the week commencing 25th March. Our two leases overlap for this three week period to allow us to provide a seamless service for our clients.
Why get involved?
To travel from your home country and seek asylum in a foreign land, often with no friends or family contacts to support you is a daunting process. The journey through the legal system to gain asylum status is long, complicated and perplexing and the practical day to day struggles faced by refugees are endless, draining and harsh. GARAS’ work helps to make this path more navigable and means that refugees have support through the asylum process and for their new life in Gloucestershire. We need to set up GARAS’ new premises as quickly as possible to ensure that there are no gaps in these services and your volunteering will be a valuable contribution to making sure this will happen.
Many of the tasks will require team work and problem solving so this would be great as a team building / strengthen exercise for your staff as well as being an excellent candidate for social responsibility work in the local area.
How to get involved?
- Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
- Accept the challenge
- Wait for a reply from GARAS with more details
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