MOBILE REFUGEE SUPPORT – Calais

If you’ve been into the depot at any time in the past six months you will have met Lynn, our amazing administrator.  She has transformed the office at MOOL HQ to a thing of efficiency, delight and laughter.

She took a well-earned holiday recently and took time out to visit the Mobile Refugee Support crew in Calais.  Her report makes it clear just how valuable and important their work is and the challenging conditions they work under.  We were delighted to know that the contribution we sent will make a real difference.

MOBILE REFUGEE SUPPORT Facebook

Help us keep engaged with the world!

MOOLigans! Facebook is changing the way it works yet again and this means fewer and fewer people are seeing our posts. Some people even think we are no longer going – good grief! We really need your help to make sure everyone (including yourself) knows what we are up to at any given moment. One way is to like our posts and comment on them (even if it’s just a quick hello!) and share, as the more you engage, the more you see. A alternatively you can check out our website at www.mool.scot or sign up to our database http://www.mool.scot/volunteer-registration/ (we promise not to spam you!).

You can also make sure that we show up in your newsfeed by clicking “SEE FIRST” under “FOLLOWING” at the top of this page. (See the attached picture if you’re unsure how.)

We are such a small organisation in a massive sea and we struggle to get the word out about what we do. Please, please share, comment, like and engage – it helps more than you know!

A Huge Thank You!

Your financial donations were handed over to a fantastic group in Dunkirk last week. We can only thank every one of you from the bottom of our hearts for helping us help them. Lynn has been to the site and will describe the situation there in her own words, but I’m sure she won’t mind me saying it is utterly heartbreaking.

We received a wonderful message on our Facebook page from Charlie, who is a volunteer there. It says:

Hello everybody. On behalf of all of us at Mobile Refugee Support and all the refugees currently living in the dunkirk area, I would just like to express a massive thank you to everybody at MOOL for your incredible donation, and of course James for putting us forward to receive it.
With the average food pack costing around £5, this will provide over a hundred packs over the coming weeks for the families currently living in the woods.
Amazing work!

https://m.facebook.com/MobileRefugeeSupport/

 

These are the humans you are helping. Real people. Members of our tribe in need. It’s a wonderful thing you are doing.

It’s not too late to donate. The best way to pay is directly into our bank account (Massive Outpouring of Love, 80-22-60 14196360), or we have PayPal – dgrefugeeaction@gmail.com – (but fees will be taken from your donation unless you send it as ‘Family and Friends’). Please mark your donation “France” and we can make sure these funds go to where they are needed. Thank you.

URGENT APPEAL

Mooligans, the situation in France is dire.

Things haven’t improved since we banded together TWO YEARS AGO to help fellow humans in need, in fact they have got much worse.

***URGENT APPEAL***

The situation in France might have fallen from the news but thousands of adults and children are still in dire need of our help. Since the camp was demolished, they are hiding out in the woods, with no real shelter or anywhere to cook or wash. Imagine sleeping under a tarp with your babies, and not daring to light a fire as that just alerts the police, who then come and trash your shelter and spray your belongings with CS Gas.

Our Administrator, Lynn and her family are currently in France and will be taking supplies directly to those living in these inhumane conditions. If you could spare some cash, then she can take this and purchase what they specifically need and hand it over with a warm hug and a friendly smile.

The best way to pay is directly into our bank account (80-22-60 14196360), or we have PayPal – dgrefugeeaction@gmail.com – (but fees will be taken from your donation). Please mark your donation “France” and we can make sure these funds go to where they are needed.

We, of course, realise that finances for many are tight and that you may not be able to donate, so ask that you please share this post with your networks and friends as we’d like to put warm food in tummies and wrap dry blankets around freezing shoulders.

Please, please help if you can.

Our lovely Lynn will be on site in just a few days which means you only have a few days left to donate. MOOL is sending funds, but we’d love to send more. Please, please give what you can and share far and wide amongst your friends and networks.

A little goes a long way; fill a tummy and warm a soul today!

More details here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1533166673413048/?ti=icl

Thank you.

Open Book – Session Two

 

It’s the second of our Open Book sessions tonight! Please join us at The Stove on Dumfries High Street for a lovely evening – the sun is shining and I’ll make you a brew! What’s not to love?

6pm to 7.30pm, open to all ages and reading abilities as the event it tailored to suit. More details here

or, for those of you not on Social Media:

Calling all bookworms! Love to read? Love to listen to people read? Love to talk about books? Maybe you would like to improve your English conversation skills?

We have been approached by the wonderful Poet and Writer, Em Strang, who has kindly offered to lead a series of Open Book sessions for us, starting in September.

There will be five sessions in total (don’t worry if you can’t make them all!), plus a complimentary visit to Wigtown Book Festival for all participants.

Texts will be chosen carefully to suit the group, and sessions usually run for between 60 and 90 minutes.

Here’s a message from Em:

“Open Book warmly invites you to a series of shared reading sessions at The Stove in Dumfries, including a day out at Wigtown Book Festival on Monday September 25th. Part of a book and a poem will be read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with Open Book Lead Reader, Em Strang, on hand to help guide the discussion. Everyone is very welcome, as are all levels of language skills and comprehension. Come along and share your thoughts!”

The next sessions will be held at The Stove, High Street, Dumfries on: Tuesday 5th, and Friday 15th September from 6 – 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be available and the venue is accessible by wheelchair.

Please share with anyone you think might enjoy this opportunity. The next two dates are September 5th and 15th.

Happy Birthday, MOOLigans!

Massive Outpouring of Love is TWO today! Can you believe it? Not got us a present? Fret not; just sign up here instead 😉

http://www.mool.scot/volunteer-registration/

You’re welcome 💅🏼💁🏻

No, we love YOU more… 😜

#HappySecondBirthdayMool!

Seriously though, we couldn’t have got this far and helped so many people if it wasn’t for our amazing volunteers and trustees. You really all rock, but we need more if we are going to continue.

Even if all you can commit to doing is help by sharing our social media posts then that is just as valuable as every other action done by every other member of the MOOL family. Please spread the word and help if you can.

We’re at Electric Fields today and tomorrow so please pop in and say hi if you’re around. We’ve run out of badges though…:/

Open Book

Hello MOOLigans!

How are you? It’s nearly our second birthday if you can believe it! We are welcoming ways in which to mark our anniversary, so please get in touch if you have any ideas.

Now for the really exciting bit:

We have been approached by the wonderful Poet and Writer, Em Strang, who has kindly offered to lead a series of Open Book sessions for us, starting in September.

There will be five sessions in total (don’t worry if you can’t make them all!), plus a complimentary visit to Wigtown Book Festival for all participants.

Texts will be chosen carefully to suit the group, and sessions usually run for between 60 and 90 minutes.

Here’s a message from Em:

“Open Book warmly invites you to a series of shared reading sessions at The Stove in Dumfries, including a day out at Wigtown Book Festival on Monday September 25th. Part of a book and a poem will be read aloud during these relaxed and informal sessions, with Open Book Lead Reader, Em Strang, on hand to help guide the discussion. Everyone is very welcome, as are all levels of language skills and comprehension. Come along and share your thoughts!”

These sessions will be held at The Stove, High Street, Dumfries on: Friday 1st, Tuesday 5th, and Friday 15th September from 6 – 7.30pm.  Light refreshments will be available and the venue is accessible by wheelchair.

It will be a wonderful chance for us to get together and take some rare time out to immerse ourselves in literature, also for those of us who have English as a second language to practice our skills. Why not come along and join us in this exciting opportunity.

Open Book sessions are free, no need to book, just turn up!

You can find out more about the wider Open Book reading project here.

 

Upcoming Fun!

We are hosting a family friendly Origami Workshop and Donation Drop this coming Monday (August 14th), and we'd love to see you there.

Led by one of our young volunteers, it will be geared to your skill level, so don't be shy. You can keep what you make or add them to the boxes of donations that are sent out to refugees in need.

It will also be a great opportunity to clear our your cupboards and donate what you no longer need.

More info here:

Could you introduce people to a social activity group?

Do you belong to any kind of activity group and if so would you be happy to introduce a refugee or asylum seeker to them? Maybe you fish, maybe you draw, maybe you play bingo, do yoga or swim? What we want is to get a list of activities which we can offer to our new families (and those who’ve been here a while) with a friendly face prepared to introduce them.  If you can help please email me – jrubinstein@mool.scot – preferably with a bit of information about the group and the activity and the area you live in.

Many thanks!

Refugee Week

Mooligans assemble! If you fancying lending a hand for a couple of hours at our Refugee Week Celebrations then get yourself down to The Stove tomorrow and Thursday. We’ll be there with the glorious Caravan of Love, the winners of the school poster competition, lots of information about refugees *and* we’ll be recording your stories about migration as part of our Moving Stories project. Even handing out leaflets for a while would be wonderful! 
We’ll be there from 12-5pm, please pop in and say hi if you’re passing by!