Guest Blog – National Organising Week!

 

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!

Nae Borders

Is your Friday night free? Then why not come along to the Theatre Royal, Dumfries for a night of song, music and laughter courtesy of the Nae Borders crew. Come say hi!

Nae Borders is an evening of entertainment which combines a series of hilarious comedy sketches alternating with hauntingly beautiful a capella songs. The comedy is provided by the Fit’n’ Active Theatre Company, members of #CockermouthU3A drama group who write all their own material. The songs are performed by #LOKA, a vocal group drawn from members of the widely respected Dumfries Community Choir.

The two groups first met earlier this year when both performed to an appreciative audience at a ‘Stramash’ presented by the Theatre Royal Dumfries. Impressed by what each other had to offer the two groups decided to perform a full show together. This evening is the result. All proceeds from the show will be donated to charity.

All tickets £5“

https://www.facebook.com/events/1468343143246736

Yoga Fundraising and Wellbeing Day! 11/11/17

 

One of our lovely volunteers, Jill Dobbie from Yoga From The Heart Dumfries, has kindly offered to pull together an amazing Yoga Day – so you can help raise vital funds while filling your own cup through exercise, mindfulness and meditation! She is joined by long term MOOL volunteer Susan Neal, Carol Godridge,  Jackie le Brocq, and Moira Forsyth who have all kindly given their time, energy and skills to create this wonderful event. It promises to be a fabulous day, so please tell your friends and come along if you can!

The event is on Saturday 11th November 2017 10am to 4pm, at Kindar House, Crichton Campus, Dumfries.

 Programme of events

9.30-9.55 Registration, refreshments, raffle tickets, stalls selling charity yoga calendar, yoga CDs / books and MOOL stall to learn about the charity

10.00-11.30 Choice of yoga classes, taught by either Susan Neal or Moira Forsyth

11.30-11.45 Break, buy raffle tickets, refreshments

11.45 – 13.00 Choice of yoga class, taught by either Carol Godridge or Jackie le Brocq.

13.0013.45 Lunch break.  Bring your own packed lunch or vegetarian food to share

13.45-13.55 Raffle Prize Draw

14.00-15.00 Choice of yoga class.  restorative yoga taught by Moira Forsyth or a walking meditation in Crichton grounds led by Jill Dobbie.

(Bring warm waterproof clothing / outdoor footwear, hat, gloves for meditation. If weather is awful then practice inside.)

15.00-15.15 Talk by MOOL

15.15-16.00 Chanting led by Jackie le Brocq

16.00 Thanks and Close

Tickets for whole day:   £25 full price / £20 concession

To book your ticket either contact Jill Dobbie on Facebook or by email at  yogafromtheheartdumfries@gmail.com or you can buy tickets directly from Moira Forsyth, Jill Dobbie, Carol Godridge at yoga class.

Drop in classes. For those who cannot commit to the whole day there is the opportunity to drop in throughout the day to classes of your choice. Each class £7 full price / £5 concession. Please arrive at least 10 mins before class is due to start.

To add your name to the register please contact Jill Dobbie on Facebook or email at yogafromtheheartdumfries@gmail.com

Venue: Kindar House ( upstairs )  Crichton Campus, Dumfries DG1 4ZZ

Plenty of free parking at Easterbrook Hall , Crichton Campus . Walk 100 m to Kindar House.

What to bring and wear. Please wear comfortable clothing you can stretch and move in. Bring your yoga mat, blanket, blocks if you have them (we will have a supply to lend out.) a packed lunch, and a water bottle.

We will have refreshments, cakes and healthy snacks available throughout the day.

The raffle has great prizes kindly donated by local therapists, artists, yoga and fitness teachers. Tickets are £1. Draw takes place at lunchtime on yoga day.

If you can’t make the day but still want to donate then please click here – I’D LIKE TO DONATE, PLEASE!

Monday Magic!

You marvellous MOOLigans sent off a packed lorry load to the camp in Arsal via the wonderful Edinburgh Direct Aid last week (photos to follow), which leaves us with loads of space to fill and some reshuffling to be done!

As the cold is setting in and the situation in France is dire, we’ll be focusing our efforts on packing for Calais and Dunkirk for the foreseeable and hope to get as much as possible ready for the ever incredible James from CRAG to collect from us on the 10th before he heads over.

The packing guidelines are very different but we’re an adaptable bunch and already have procedures in place so don’t be daunted! We also need to concentrate on collecting mainly men’s clothing, boots, blankets and sleeping bags, as that’s what’s in highest demand. We’d also like to make sure the pockets are filled with our trademark notes too, so come along and write if you can’t stand for long. It’s all appreciated.

Maybe see you soon? Any help you can offer is amazing!

Yoga Fundraiser!

The wonderful Jill from Yoga From The Heart, Dumfries is kindly doing a Yoga fundraiser for us on Saturday November 11th at Kindar House on The Crichton Campus in Dumfries, with various tutors taking classes throughout the day, and proceeds going to MOOL. We’d like to have a rolling rota of volunteers there to explain a little about the organisation, sign up new volunteers, and spread a little MOOL magic. Fancy it? Then please drop us a line at hello@mool.scot – Times are tbc.

Or you might just fancy participating in a class. All monies raised will help MOOL help people in need!

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…:/