We are delighted to announce that we are moving some of our operations into a beautiful office space in the heart of town. This will enable us to offer more workshops, gatherings and classes in a better suited environment. It’s been a long, hard struggle to find something in town for us to call home, but it’s sure to be worth it and we’re over the moon.
The Depot will still be in action for the collection, distribution, sorting and packing of donations, but meetings etc will now be held at our new HQ.
To celebrate, we are holding a Hoose Warming drop in on Monday 12th March between 11am and 1pm. We’d love you to stop by and help us launch with love and laughter.
We’ll be working on growing our Unity Banner, catching up with old friends and welcoming new. It would be wonderful if you could join us as we venture into this exciting new phase.
There will be refreshments and a vegetarian buffet, but please feel free (but not obliged!) to bring something to share.
Please note that, unfortunately, the new office is up two flights of stairs and so is not accessible by wheelchair, pushchair or for those who have difficulty walking. This will be taken into account when planning future events though, and we will aim to be as accommodating as possible to enable full participation.
This event is free.
The depot will be closed on Monday 12th to ensure everyone can attend.
To find out more visit www.mool.scot email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 07497 080 557
Chris with MOOL Volunteer, Mel, and Treasurer, Jay.
We had a lovely visit at the Depot from Humanist Celebrant Chris Simm on Monday; who came bearing gifts in the form of an incredible financial donation. Of their visit, Chris said:
“As Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants, we donate 10% of our earnings to the charities we support. It was a massive honour for me to deliver a cheque to a deserving local charity this morning and to see just how far they’ve come! We’re delighted to support the great work being carried out by their dedicated and caring Volunteers.”
We’re very grateful to the Humanist Fellowship of Scotland Celebrants for their support, and for the continued support of Chris who has been lending a helping hand since MOOL began! A huge thank you to you from the MOOL Crew!
You can contact Chris for all enquiries relating to your celebrant needs here: Happy Humanist Celebrations
Thanks again, love really does make the world a better place!
Guys, gals and non binary pals! Look how much you’ve raised! We’re nearly halfway to our target already. You ROCK!
Time is running out though, so could you share, share and share again to give it that extra push? We’d be ever so grateful! (And so would the families we help!)
PS – We’re also starting to open again on a Friday! Tell the world!
You can donate funds here:
Many of you were moved to tears by the BBC Scotland’s Documentary “Breadline Kids”. It really threw a spotlight on the devastating poverty that far too many people are living in right under our noses, and made people want to take action to help.
MOOL has helped support this lovely family since they arrived in the area, along with other wonderful organisations like First Base, and we’d love to continue helping them & other people that find themselves in desperate need.
We’ve spoken to Christiana and financial donations would be of most help right now, in order for them to keep a roof over their head, pay bills, and help John go on an upcoming school trip. A small freezer would also be helpful.
If you could donate any amount, it would be gratefully received. Once we’d covered their immediate needs then we’d direct any excess monies to other people in similar circumstances here in Dumfries and Galloway. If you need help yourself, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. If you have food to donate, please contact First Base. If you can donate furniture, household items and clothing then please contact us and we’ll get it to where it needs to go. Many thanks!
There’s a link to the episode on the donation page.
We’re embarking on a new project intended to help people who struggle with English on a very basic level. We’re offering free drop-in sessions with the first four being on each Saturday in February.
If you know someone who’s finding it difficult to get to grips with English as a second language please encourage them to come.
You can download a pdf of our poster here MOOL-English-Classes.
Hi MOOLigans! Just to say the depot is open tomorrow (Monday 18th December) then closed until January 8th 2018. If there’s an emergency then please get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.
A huge thank you to everyone for their continued support and hard work. You’re amazing! Have a cool MOOL Yule!
This year, Scotland is promoting kindness on St Andrew’s Day. We always promote kindness here at MOOL HQ but we’re always delighted when more people stick their head above the parapet and call for more!
For our part, we’ll be trying to organise as many SNUG packs as we can (see poster above) to send over to France. Could your school, work place or community group help? If so, please feel free to print out a poster and spread the word. It’s mainly men’s small and medium sizes that are needed but we can find a home for them all!
To find out more about #BeLikeStAndrew click here
Get in touch if you need any further info about MOOL or SNUG packs!
Hello, MOOLigans. We’ve been working away behind the scenes here at MOOL HQ to try and see how we can improve things and make life better for everyone involved in our organisation.
To this end, starting with immediate effect, we will be trialling new opening hours at the depot. For a wee while, we will be opening on Monday’s only from 9.30am – 1pm to see if that makes better use of all our time and energies. We still hope you’ll come and join us each week – nothing will change apart from the days and times – as we love seeing you and really appreciate all the hours you have donated so far.
Also please note that we are currently packing and stacking to Calais requirements, so will be making changes to the sorting area to reflect this, and smooth out the process.
If there is an urgent need for aid, or you have a huge pile of donations that just can’t wait, then please get in touch and we will arrange to open up by appointment.
Thanks for your understanding and, as always, your feedback is thoroughly appreciated!
We LOVE having guest bloggers here at MOOL HQ and so were delighted when Mel and Kate, who donated their time to come and help sort out the depot, agreed to write a few words about their experience with us. It was lovely to spend the day with them and they knocked things into shape with a smile. We can’t thank them enough!
When two professional organisers met MOOL!
When we put a note on Facebook a few weeks ago asking if any local charities needed some organising assistance, little did we know what we were getting ourselves in to! Moxie quickly responded to our Facebook request, and our adventure with MOOL began!
November 6-12 was National Organising Week in the UK, a week-long event to enthuse and encourage people around the country to get organised, co-ordinated by the Association of Professional Declutterers & Organisers (APDO). As new businesses and members of APDO, we were keen to mark the week by donating a day of our time to a local charity.
So on Thursday 9th November, we arrived at the depot on a beautiful sunny morning, excited to be able to volunteer our organising skills to the MOOL cause. As soon as we entered the depot and met Moxie, we were hooked! What an amazing place – the spirit of MOOL is right there as soon as you walk in the door, and it was infectious. Moxie showed us around the depot and it quickly became apparent that MOOLigans are a pretty organised bunch already. The sorting process is a sight to behold – not only is it a great system, but we were impressed with labelling, measuring tape on each station and the huge pile of donated boxes ready and waiting to be filled.
We moved on the despatch area and got stuck in organising packed boxes for a collection the following day, heading to Calais. It was a privilege to arrange so many donations, knowing that in 48 hours’ time they would be in France and the contents keeping people warm. Then we organised the remaining boxes into sections for easy despatch next time a delivery is scheduled – men’s, women’s, children and babies.
The rest of our time was spent clearing out and organising the store room by the sorting area. Wow – how many lovely raffle gifts and crafting projects are there ready to raise funds! We sorted the room so that raffle gifts, crafts, cleaning and DIY supplies, and the all-important food supplies were organised, labelled and more accessible to MOOLigans.
Thank you so much for having us MOOL – it was an absolute honour to be part of your ranks for the day, and we can’t wait to come back again soon and get stuck in!
If you’d like the ladies to come and work their magic, you can contact them directly:
Mel Carruthers (from Dumfries professional organising company More Organised)
www.moreorganised.com FB: @MoreOrganised IG: @more_organised
Kate Galbally (from Glasgow professional organising & PA company Better Organised)
www.betterorganised.com FB: @betterorganised IG@betterorganised
If you’d like to contribute to the blog, please get in touch and share your story; they are always great to read!