dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2018

June 19, 2018




The winner of dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2018 was Malcolm Laurie, who sang Angles by Robbie Williams, 2nd was Hughie McIntyre with ‘What do you make those eyes at me for’ by Shakin’ Stevens and 3rd was Tony Cadona, dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

Well done also to all the other contestants this year!

Huge thanks to

Our judges, who were Garry Spence (Capital FM DJ), John Comerford (Actor and local businessman), Libby McArthur (Actress and performer), and Andrew McCartney (dates-n-mates Glasgow Director).

The fabulous drag duet Barbara La Bush and Lily Minogue, who were brilliant!

DJ Christine for providing the music as well as singing a few songs.

Pat Price from Grand Central, who was working hard behind the scenes, giving the contestants confidence and keeping things moving.

All the staff at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry.

The team are already looking forward to We’ve Got Talent 2019!

Click here to view pics via the dates-n-mates Glasgow facebook page


Life is a Risky Business…

September 20, 2017


Life is a Risky Business…

An afternoon organised in partnership between In Control Scotland and Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) exploring making good decisions together around risk, exploring positive risk and opportunity.

Date: Thursday, 5th of October 2017
Venue: Scottish Youth Theatre, Brunswick Street, Glasgow

The day will be followed by an evening of inclusive bands and music between 7pm – 10pm promoting the aims of ‘Stay Up Late Scotland’ which is about getting the right support to live the life you want. There will also be a ‘pop-up bar’ available for refreshments.

Afternoon session: from 12.30 pm until 4.30 pm
Evening music session: from 7.00 pm until 10.00 pm

There are no tickets in advance. This is a FREE event though please book your place. Feel free to pay what you want, all proceeds go to the bands!

For further details and/or to reserve a place contact June Dunlop at In-Control Scotland:

Phone: 0141 440 5250

Click here to download flyer for afternoon event

Click here to download flyer for evening event

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

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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.

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

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