Spring 2019 newsletter

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Border Crossings

El Salvador

Our EPIC partners The Brink are continuing their journey and had an interesting encounter which sparks many questions around freedom of movement:

“That’s us left Guatemala! Nice easy cycle down to the coast and the sweltering heat, got to the border where we were initially told we had to turn back to Mexico to renew our Central American visa. Eventually, we got someone to agree that we could enter so we now have 7 days to get to the capital to renew it there.

We can’t help but wonder what that interaction would have been like if we had say a Columbian passport…

Watch this space as we will begin editing all the material we have gathered in beautiful Guatemala this week and releasing videos and articles in the following days and weeks. So much beauty in this land and some fascinating perspectives on borders and migration which we had not encountered before.

Also looking forward to what views we might collect here in El Salvador since we are now entering the heart of Central America and the first of the two Central American countries where most migrants are travelling from.”

Find out more on their website (above) or FB page The Brink

Wonderful Workshop Outcome Updates

Thank you again for coming along to the Improving Volunteering workshop. It was a really useful session and we are very grateful.

There were so many great ideas that we have had to break down the notes into 4 documents!

Let us know what you thing and if you’d like to be involved.

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Issues raised at the volunteer Meeting

Issues raised at the volunteer Meeting – things that people felt we could improve or that held people back.

Ideas for volunteering – Ideas for new volunteering opportunities or extensions to what we do.

Media Ideas – Ideas for ways in which we can do better at getting our message our there

Fundraising Ideas – Ways in which we can raise funds and help us achieve more.

Wonderful Workshop!

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On Saturday 2nd February we held our Improving Volunteering workshop, where we invited established volunteers alongside those who were curious about the organisation to look at ways in which we could make volunteering better for those involved and how we could provide a better service for those who we support.

We had a fantastic turnout and lots of great ideas buzzing around.

It’s not too late to get your ideas to us – especially ways in which you can help from home if getting into Dumfries is a barrier to you getting involved.

One aspect that we are keen to get back up to speed is the Unity Banner Project.

Whether you are happy to help by cutting fabric to size and making up Project Packs, or if you’d like to create a banner patch yourself. Please keep an eye out for our Project Page which we are currently developing: Click Here

*Our Volunteer Coordinator, Jay, has processed the results of the day. Please find them here.

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Welcomers Wanted!

Do you have what it takes to help someone new to D&G find their feet? If so, we’d love to hear from you. For more info or to register your interest please message hello@mool.scot

Volunteers Wanted to Welcome Newcomers

Amazing New Project.

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We have partnered with this fabulous duo at www.thebrinkonline.org as they journey through Central America getting to the real heart of the migration situation as they link up with those on the road.

In their own words:

“The Brink is a dynamic, fiercely independent, not-for-profit media platform dedicated to sharing real stories about migration, borders and freedom. Our two-person strong team of reporters is currently on the move, cycling through Central America, collecting personal stories and news along the way. If you would like to get involved please get in touch.  info@thebrinkonline.org

We’re super proud to be associated with this project and the amazing work they are doing. Go give ’em some love!

Facebook Link here

Happy Birthday to us!

What a busy time we’ve had! There’s so much to catch up on. We’ve appointed a Volunteer Coordinator and a Depot Manager; done masses of outreach; sorted tonnes of aid and turned THREE on September 1st.

Little did we know when we started that Massive Outpouring of Love would continue to grow and flourish – and that’s all down to the support of our amazing volunteers.

On Sunday 7th October we are having a joint celebration at The Family Centre in Lochside and we’d love for you to join us.

“🌟 MOOL CREW 🌟

🍁🍂 We are delighted to invite you to join us in celebrating our amazing volunteers and our THIRD birthday, as we gather at The Family Centre in Lochside, for a pot luck meal, chat, music and laughter. It will be a wonderful opportunity to welcome our new friends who have moved to Dumfries more recently, and for them to meet and mingle with those of us who have made Dumfries our home. We’ll be handing out this years MOOL Spirit Awards too. 🍂🍁

If possible, please bring a 🌱vegetarian or vegan 🌱 dish to share and it’s important that you write down a list of all the ingredients so that we can confidently cater for allergies! It’s Don’t fret if you can’t though, still come! – there’ll be plenty to share.

The party is family friendly and alcohol free but please bring soft drinks if you so desire. It would also help the clean up if you brought your own crockery, cutlery and cups but, if not, there will be spares!

If you’d like to help behind the scenes on the day we’d love a hand to make the place look pretty and clean up afterwards.

Sunday 7th October, 4:30 for 5pm / 8pm finish (as there’s school in the morning!)

All welcome but please either RSVP via PM or email hello@mool.scot so we have an idea how many chairs to put out 😉

🎵 We’ve had some wonderful offers from some brilliant musicians so you might want to put your dancing shoes on too! 🎵

Car sharing is hugely encouraged so don’t be shy and post below if you have spare seats or need a ride!

See you there!”

Here’s the link to the Facebook event:

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Please RSVP to hello@mool.scot