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:

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!

Moving Stories: An Interactive Multimedia Project for Refugee Week

Have we got an exciting project brewing here at MOOL HQ! We are launching Stage One of Moving Stories during Refugee Week and we’d love you to be part of it. We know that people come to our beautiful area for a wide range of reasons, and we would love to hear your story and weave them into something wonderful. To this end, we’ll be recording interviews with anyone who has migrated to the region over the next few months, starting on June 21st and 22nd at The Stove Network. This will become the basis of a beautiful soundscape which will form part of the backdrop to a wonderful photographic exhibition featuring portraits taken by the amazing Kim Ayres Photography, which, when juxtaposed, will challenge the presumptions we all make when we judge a book by its cover.
 
Now, we are aware that some people who find themselves here might not want their photos taken and that’s just fine, you can be interviewed anonymously; we’ll remove all names and just share pieces of your story.
 
You can PM us, leave a message or email hello [@] mool.scot to book an interview slot and, even if you don’t want to be featured, please pop by and say hello. You’ll get to see the last caravan (painted by school children) that was destined for Calais before they sadly demolished the camp, and the winning entries of the regions schools poster competition will be proudly displayed inside!
 
Please spread the word – and if you fancy dropping off some leaflets and posters across D&G then we would love you even more than we already do.
 
The crisis hasn’t gone away just because it’s not in the news any more. Please help us keep it in the spotlight and work towards a resolution.
 
MOOL will also be working in partnership with The Stove Network for this months Brave New Words on June 3oth. It will reflect the idea of refuge, so please come along and share your poems, prose or songs around this provocative topic.
Full details here.

Load Up With Love! 


Tomorrow we need your help!
Do a good deed for people in need.

On Friday 21st April, the lovely people from Edinburgh Direct Aid are coming to collect the huge amount of aid the Depot Diamonds have sorted and packed for them. They are bringing a 7.5t lorry so it would be AMAZING if you could come along for an hour and help us load up. Many hands and all that! That aid will then go in their container and out to the Arsal Camp on the Lebanese/Syrian border. 

They will be arriving sometime between 12:30 & 1pm. Can you help? We’d be ever so grateful!

Refreshments provided as we’ll probably work up a thirst! 😉

If you can’t help in person, please share. It helps more than you know. Thank you 🙂
More details here.

Grand Day Out!

Join us in Lincluden this coming Monday for some family fun!

MOOLigans are proud to be invited to continue to build our banner at this amazing community event, and it would be lovely to see you there too. 

There’ll be fun retro games, music, Donut Lab, Build a Rhino, refreshments, and much more.  12-5, Lincluden Community Centre.


There are also other FREE, Family Friendly, Creative Futures Events on Sunday 16th and April 29th. See the FB link for more details. 

https://www.facebook.com/events/1944884285787732/?ti=icl