Bishop Rachel becomes Patron of GARAS

The Bishop of Gloucester, the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, is delighted to have been asked to become a Patron of the Gloucester-based charity Gloucestershire Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (GARAS) and will be making her first visit this Friday 11 December at 1pm.

GARAS provides support to asylum seekers, refugees and other migrants and services include counselling, activities, help with the law, education and health and also essentials like food, toys and furniture.

Director of GARAS, Adele Owen said: “GARAS is thrilled that Bishop Rachel has agreed to become a Patron of GARAS and we are really looking forward to her visit this Friday. The Diocese of Gloucester has always supported the work of the charity and it is lovely this early on in Bishop Rachel's new ministry that she has wanted to continue that tradition."

During her visit Bishop Rachel will be meeting some of the people who use GARAS for advice, as well as the team that run it. She will get an insight into some of the very real challenges facing people who come to the UK as refugees.

Bishop Rachel said: “At this time of year, we particularly remember those who have been displaced from their homes, as Jesus was also forced to flee his home. GARAS does vital work to support those who may feel marginalised or excluded and shows them that they have hope for the future. I am honoured to be asked to become a patron of this excellent charity and I hope to be able to add my voice to those speaking out on behalf of refugees.”

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For more information contact:

Lucy Taylor, Head of Communications, 01452 835515, ltaylor@glosdioc.org.uk

Katherine Clamp, Communications Officer, 01452 835591, kclamp@glosdioc.org.uk

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