Volunteering opportunities at GARAS

In addition to the continuing, urgent need for clothes, there are 2, urgent, volunteering opportunities at GARAS.
Clothes sorting
Recent Home Office changes have meant that significantly more asylum seekers are arriving in Gloucestershire, many directly from their point of UK entry.  They are in urgent need of clothes, and so, together with local churches, we are running a clothing project whereby people can donate (mainly men's) clothing, and our team of volunteers will sort these into packages for each asylum seeker.  The location for the project is St Aldates Church in Gloucester (GL4 6BW), and it opened to receive donations this week.  The team who are heading up this project have asked all volunteers who would like to be involved in the sorting process to join the Facebook group on this page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/636696500780706.  For those not on Facebook, please e-mail Jennie Watts on admin@garas.org.uk  for more details.

Volunteering at a social space
If you would like to help provide a social space for asylum seekers who are newly arrived in Gloucestershire, and you have a DBS already in place, then please consider this request. GARAS are looking to host twice-weekly social times (games, tea-drinking, conversation) at a community venue near Junction 12 of the M5, and need volunteers who are willing to help set up and pack down, as well as stay to play games, make tea or coffee, and have conversations with people.  The days and times we need volunteers are Mondays and Wednesdays, from 12.30pm-3.30pm.  If you are willing to join one (or both!) of these sessions each week, please could you contact Jennie at: (admin@garas.org.uk / 07988 465548), with details of your DBS certificate number, your date of birth and surname on the certificate.

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