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 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!

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!

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Lochside+Community+Centre,+Rankine+Ave,+Dumfries+DG2+9NS/@55.0813862,-3.6396084,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x4862ca005431b161:0xd61abd342459fab1

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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#BeLikeStAndrew

#BeLikeStAndrew

This year, Scotland is promoting kindness on St Andrew’s Day. We always promote kindness here at MOOL HQ but we’re always delighted when more people stick their head above the parapet and call for more!

For our part, we’ll be trying to organise as many SNUG packs as we can (see poster above) to send over to France. Could your school, work place or community group help? If so, please feel free to print out a poster and spread the word. It’s mainly men’s small and medium sizes that are needed but we can find a home for them all!

To find out more about #BeLikeStAndrew click here

Get in touch if you need any further info about MOOL or SNUG packs!

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

Taste of Syria

This is going up a little late but I think it’s worth it anyway. Caroline Yates organised a fantastic event at the Wigtown Book Festival. Entitled “A taste of Syria” we had a wonderful selection of food provided by Mohammed (one of the resettled refugees) and in addition to some great poetry from a number of poets we had an Arabic poem produced by Abdulrahman who had also provided an English translation. You can see a brief extract below.

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…:/

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!

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.