What a week!

It’s been a pretty amazing week for us; a little overwhelming truth be told.

Local MSP Joan McAlpine spoke very highly of Massive Outpouring of Love at Scottish Parliament (see here) during Refugee Week.

MOOL has done so much to humanize the refugee crisis and makes a real difference to refugees here in Scotland and farther afield.

“Volunteers have been galvanising people to take action by visiting schools to talk to children and offering training to multi-agency groups. They have also welcomed a number of refugee families to Dumfries and Galloway, where they are assigned befrienders to offer support and to act as a buffer between the families and the bureaucracy that they will inevitably face on their arrival. Refugee women and children from Glasgow have also been welcomed to heal in the countryside.

“Making the transition from a war-torn country to life in rural Scotland cannot be easy, but the goal is to help it to happen as gently as possible. MOOL wants people who have been displaced to be welcomed everywhere and have consistent access to resources and support that they need to feel safe, be healthy and thrive. It is an important force in Dumfries and Galloway and it encourages communities and helps people in need.”

Thanks for the love, Joan!

We partnered with other local organisations to help bring a highly successful Refugee Film Festival to the region: Incomers; which showed a variety of films paired with Q&A sessions.

Then Moving Stories premiered at The Theatre Royal on June 19th and went on to perform at The Print Room, Wigtown; The Soul of WoMen Conference at Allanton, and Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur.

Not only were the Moving Stories Community Choir and performance filmed for Border News (watch tonight from 6pm), the audience were profoundly moved and we received some incredible feedback and reviews, some of which you can see on our Moving Stories Facebook page.

We’d love to develop the piece more so watch this space…

In addition we cleared out the depot to create more space, and recruited some lovely new Trustees, so keep an eye out for some exciting new developments!

Of course, we continue to collect, sort and distribute aid; fundraise and educate, so please think of us if you have spare stuff or spare time! We need your help to keep helping others!

Moving Stories – Loch Arthur

It’s the last chance to see Moving Stories tonight. The previous shows went astonishing well and garnered really lovely reviews, so don’t miss out! 7:30pm Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur Camphill Community.

£10/6 on the door. Don’t let cost put you off though, there are a few free tickets available for anyone who might find cost a barrier.

MOOL Community Survey

We’ve had an incredible response to our Community Survey, but we’d love to hear from more of you!

Have you got five minutes of your time that you could donate? Maybe you deserve a quick cuppa, so go make one, come back, and click this link…

It’s vital that we get as many views as possible so we can see where we are as a region, what our strengths are and what work needs to be done.

Go on, grab yourself a cuppa… then repost this!


Eden 2018

Are you Eden bound this weekend? If so, hope you have a fabulous festival. Keep your eyes out for our lovely MOOL Crew who will be hosting our outreach stall. Pop by and say hi – maybe even write a note of love to send overseas, or grab yourself a shiny MOOL pen!

We might also have sweets.*

*Not yet confirmed.

The Incomers Film Festival

This year Dumfries and Galloway has really excelled itself to mark Refugee Week’s 20th Anniversary, many different groups have joined forces, and there are a number of high calibre events happening across the region.

One such event is The Incomers Film Festival, which showcases human stories of migration across a range of film genres.

It’s a free, four-day festival which will offer up a wide array of refugee and migrant experiences through the medium of cinema. Screenings will be followed by free refreshments and panel discussions with filmmakers and local migrants.

The films being shown are:

Dirty Pretty Things (2003) and A Journey through River Vitasta (2012)
Glasgow Girls (2014) and Rain is Beautiful (2012)
Once (2007) and Home (2016)
Persepolis (2007) and Supporting Syrians Across Borders (2017)
Calais Children: A Case to Answer (2017) and At Home in the World (2015)
An American Tail (1986)
District 9 (2009) and The New Colossus (2017)

All tickets are FREE to make sure this festival is truly open to anyone who wants to come. There’s even assistance with transport and childcare to help if those things would make it difficult to attend.  Please spread the word and email any queries you may have to catherine.dodds@glasgow.ac.uk

Book your seats now via www.rbcft.co.uk

More information can be found here.

Moving Stories is Moving Fast!

Moving Stories is certainly picking up pace! We are a few weeks (well, a few Monday evenings!) into rehearsal now and it’s sounding amazing thanks to the dedication of the choir and the genius of Lucy Renwick and Kate Howard.

We’ve had photo shoots, more interviews, meetings round kitchen tables, late nights, tears, a few moments of sheer magic which have reminded us just why we do things like this again, and so much support from across the region – and for all of it we are truly grateful.

We also have a shiny new poster – look! Designed by the fabulous Ellen at EM Designs.

All we need now is you guys to spread the word and come along! Flyers will be available if you’d be so kind as to distribute them far and wide. We can post them out to you or we might be able to arrange to give them to you if you’ll be anywhere near a choir member.

It’s all very exciting!

Performances are:

Tuesday 19th June at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries. 7.30pm

Friday 22nd June at The Print Room, Wigtown. 7.30pm

Saturday 23rd June as part of the Soul of WoMan Conference at Allanton Peace Sanctuary approx 1.30pm (Please note this performance is for conference ticket holders only.)

Saturday 23rd June at Cresset Hall, Loch Arthur Camphill Community. 7.30pm

8th July at Lochside Gala (time tbc)

Please contact venues directly for tickets and prices.

It’s important to us that cost is not a barrier so we have set aside a few tickets for those who need them. Please contact hello@mool.scot in confidence if this would help, and we’ll arrange for you to collect them at the door. No one need know. 

There are lots more events happening during Refugee Week across the region. Keep your eye out for more details coming soon!

Help Wanted!

MOOLigan’s Assemble!

Are you a host with the most? Yes?! Then your super skillz are needed this Saturday 10:15am until 4:30pm at our Irish Street offices.

You’d be helping meet and greet participants in our Moving Stories project and make them feel welcomed as they arrive for their photo shoot and audio interview with Kim Ayres Photography and our very own Jay.

Could you help? There’ll be a constant stream of tea and biscuits and never-ending love for the successful candidate! Please message us or leave a comment if you can help. Thanks!

What a Day!

We had an amazing first rehearsal workshop day at The Theatre Royal, Dumfries on Saturday. So many wonderful people attended, sang their hearts and brought wonderful grub to share and fuel out shenanigans! The Moving Stories Community Choir certainly had a beautiful birth.

Huge thanks to Kate Howard, Lucy Renwick and everyone who worked so hard to make this happen.

We will be rehearsing every Monday evening now (7.15 for prompt 7.30 start) at Lochside Community Centre, so it’s not too late to join. Here’s a link to a map so you can find it without fluster! See you there!


Tickets are now on sale via the Theatre Box Office or this link: https://theatreroyaldumfries.ticketsolve.com/shows/873591670

so please tell your friends, buy lots and come and share in a magical, emotive and emotional experience which explores the human beings and the stories they carry that is often hidden behind the word ‘migration’.

For more information please contact MOOL or find us on Facebook. 

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Urgent request! Could any of ourwonderful musician friends (or know of anyone who can) transcribe a couple of songs to dots ASAP? It would be hugely appreciated and we’ll pay you in endless love and cake! It’s for MOOL’s Moving Stories Community Choir rehearsal which is on Saturday. 💖