An Evening of Celebration

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June 17, 2017

C-Change Scotland’s 15th anniversary celebration culminated in an Evening of Celebration at Glasgow’s Hilton Doubletree Hotel on the evening of Thursday 15th of June.

An audience of almost 120 People We Work For, staff, friends, family members, dates-n-mates members and delegates from the afternoon’s ‘Being Human’ Conference took part in a fun-filled evening which was both a trip down memory lane and a massive party.

Expertly hosted by dates-n-mates Directors Holly Millar and Graham Watret, the evening featured presentations by Stephen Murphy and Gill Parker, both of whom spoke emotionally about the positive impact C-Change has had on the lives of Tony (who is supported by Stephen) and Gill’s son Ross.

After a video reminder of some of the high points of the past 15 years, as well as a few memories of people who are no longer with us, Board Member John Kane took to the stage to hand out the ‘Pride of C-Change Awards’ to staff members who were surprised and delighted to find they had been nominated. These one-of-a-kind awards featured categories such as ‘Service with a Smile’, ‘Welcome Warrior’ and ‘National Treasure’. C-Change CEO Sam Smith received the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ Award for her contribution over the past 15 years leading the organisation.

dates-n-mates was well represented on the night, with We’ve Got Talent winner, George McNaught performing ‘This is Madness’ and the dates-n-mates Directors’ own version of ‘Question Time’.

Board member Mole Chapman rounded off the formal part of the evening, with a moving tribute to C-Change and a look into the organisation’s future. Then the party really started with Barbara La Bush dressed as Marilyn Munro and Lily Minogue leading the audience in a rousing ‘Happy Birthday to C-Change’. The dancing and partying continued well into the evening! A great event and a fitting way to finish celebrating 15 years of C-Change.

Click here to view photos from the night.

Being Human Conference – Glasgow, June 2017

June 16, 2017



C-Change with The Shine Partnership hosted a conference on the subject of Human Rights & Self Directed Support on the afternoon of Thursday 15th of June 2017. 120 delegates joined us at this sold out event to listen to some inspirational speakers on the subject held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow City Centre.

C-Change Scotland CEO Sam Smith opened the event asking how we make rights more tangible, more real for everyone? That policy and robust guidance isn’t enough to uphold human rights where self directed support is not translated into practice.

We were joined on the day by an impressive line-up of guest speakers. Aileen Campbell MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, Rob Greig, CEO of NDTI and former National Director for Learning Disability for the Government; Cathy Asante of the Scottish Human Rights Commission; Tom Cowan of Aberdeen Health & Social Care Partnership and Andrew Strong of Alliance Scotland.

Our keynote speaker, Sandy (a man C-Change works for) spent 37 years in residential care. Sandy told a hard-hitting story with directly relevant experience of having his freedom curtailed. Sandy then took part in a panel discussion to debate relevant issues and answer audience questions.

Click here to view Sandy’s Story (via YouTube)

The conference was a great success and we thank all our speakers and everyone who attended.

Click here to view photos from the event via our Flickr page

Keep an eye on our website, facebook page and Twitter for further coverage of the conference and for future events:


15 Year Celebration Skydive

October 14, 2016



To celebrate 15 years of C-Change this year we aimed high and quite literally reached for the sky! Some very brave souls representing both C-Change & dates-n-mates jumped 10,000 feet from the skies above Fife on Sunday 9th of October.

Unfortunately not everyone got to jump, though there will be further opportunities to do so – watch this space!

With fundraising money still coming in we have still to reveal the total raised, however we can say that we have more than met our fundraising target of £1,500.00. A massive thank you to everyone who donated!

We got some amazing feedback from the jumpers.

C-Change Volunteer Evelyn Youmans said:

“From start to finish the whole experience was incredible. We were all a great support to one another.”

Everyone who took part said they would be very keen to take part in a similar fundraising activity in the future.

Huge well done all!

If you have not already done so, you can donate via our Golden Giving Fundraising Page:

All money now raised will go towards a trip to the Special Olympics in Sheffield next year for dates-n-mates members and people C-Change Scotland work for to cheer on their friends who are competing.

Click here to view pictures from the skydive via our Flickr page

Click here to read a short Q&A with some of our Skydivers (via facebook)

Skydive Live Band Fundraising Night

September 25, 2016



One of our fundraising events for the Skydive was a Live Band night which we held at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry on Thursday 22nd of September.

Huge thank you to the incredible ‘Rumbling River’ band, The impressive Michael Boyle and the awesome DJ AL. You were fantastic!

Many thanks also to everyone who came along to listen, watch, dance and be merry!

You all helped us raise an impressive £600 towards the C-Change 15 Year Celebration Skydive!

You can view photos from the night via the C-Change Scotland facebook page:

Big Summer Celebration BBQ & Walk

August 24, 2016


The 8th event of our 15 Year Celebration this year was a BBQ & Sponsored Walk at Strathclyde Country Park on Friday 19th of August.

We had a lovely 6km Walk around Strathclyde Loch – well done to all 12 who completed the walk, this included people we work for and dates-n-mates members.

There was a great turn out at our BBQ where BBQ king, service leader Ritchie Doyle managed to cook the perfect burger while balancing an umbrella to keep off the rain. Despite the rain we had a great turn out! Thankfully we had a large sheltered space in the park for the 30 plus people came along to the event. We had music and great banter which more than made up for the lack of sunshine. The weather may not have been the best though we certainly made the best of it!

A huge thanks to Support Advisor Elaine Moodie for organising the event.

You can see pictures from the event via the C-Change Scotland Facebook page: