Load up with LOVE!


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We have finally, after much blood, sweat and tears, managed to forge a new partnership to distribute donations. This time we’ve joined forces with a group based in Belgium who also help those on the refugee road. We are delighted that the aid in the depot will be on its way to helping those in need but we need *your* help to get it moving. We have a two hour window to load the lorry. So we need all hands on deck.

If you can’t lift, could you maybe make the team a brew to keep their spirits up? Or take the inventory of what boxes we send out? There are loads of ways to help. So…

Wednesday 14th November. MOOL HQ. Loading starts 9:30am sharp.

If you can help then please come along. If you can’t then please share this post so we can have a mighty crew on hand!

Strengthening Our Region Symposium.

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We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a symposium on Thursday 29th November, where we will come together to unpack our recent Community Survey and work out how we can help the region become a more welcoming, inclusive and accepting place to work and live.

Please join us in a session of guided conversation and discussion as we explore the pathways to better integration in rural communities such as Dumfries and Galloway, and address the challenges which present themselves along the way.

The day begins at 10:30am with refreshments and registration, leading to a prompt 11am start. The event is expected to wrap up around 2pm although there may be the possibility of a training/discussion group afterwards if there is significant interest.

VENUE: Cairndale Hotel, English Street, DG1 2DF

DATE / TIME: Thursday 29th November / 10:30am – 2pm – Lunch will be provided.

*IMPORTANT* Please message events@mool.scot to secure your place and advise of any dietary or accessibility requirements.

This event is free, but places are limited.

The Facebook Event page can be found here


There’s still time to add your voice to the Community Survey!

Please encourage your friends and family to take part too. We want you to be completely honest so we can capture a true refection of the attitudes in our area.

For those who consider themselves local to Dumfries and Galloway click here: Survey 1

For those who have made the region their current home click here: Survey 2


Pop Up Shop!

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Some of our fantastic volunteers have organised a pop up shop to sell some of the lovely clothes that we have donated but are, unfortunately, not suitable for our friends on the refugee road. This way, we can raise funds that we can send which will benefit them directly and you can grab yourself a bargain in the process!

You’ll also be able to donate to MOOL, find out more about what we do, fill in our community survey, find other ways to help, and sign up to become a volunteer!

5th, 6th and 7th of November at 8 Maxwell Street, Dalbeattie. Open from 9.30am to 5.30pm.

More information here



Exciting Event!

Coming up on September 22nd is an amazing opportunity to hear acclaimed children’s author Cathy Cassidy talk about her new book ‘Sami’s Silver Lining’, purchase copies and get them signed by her! All right here in Dumfries. How fab is that?

She has generously donated her fee to MOOL and the Theatre Royal is donating 70% of its box office.

Let’s make sure people know about this. If you can get the message into your local primary school that would be great. If you want a poster to print, message the page or send Carolyn Yates your email or postal address and she’ll send you a printable one or post you one.

Thank you!

Event link here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1814908988627215/?ti=icl

Now We Are Three…

MOOL turned three yesterday (September 1st). Shall we have a party? I think it’s something worth celebrating, (even though, some days, I wish I’d never started the bloody thing) as it’s quite an achievement all told.

Stocks are very low in France. In particular men’s small and medium clothing so, if you are having a clear out, please keep us in mind. There’s also still urgent need for blankets, sleeping bags, shelter, SNUG packs, new underwear, toiletries l, and financial aid to help transport donations and support organisations on the ground.

If you fancy lending a hand then please do. If you have a van and fancy a road trip, or if you’d lend it to us, then please get in touch. You might even be loaded and want to buy us one then tax and insure it! Rest assured, we won’t be insulted 😉

If you fancy getting us a present then there’s a donation link on the page, but just sharing our posts helps more than you know.

The crisis is far from over, the authorities are just better at hiding the reality at the moment.

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.