dates-n-mates Kiltwalk 2019 Success!

May 1, 2019



A massive congratulations and well done to everyone who walked for dates-n-mates at the Kiltwalk Glasgow on Sunday 28th April 2019.

Members, team members, volunteers and supporters walked to raise money for dates-n-mates Scotland. Walks included The Mighty Stride (22.6 Miles), The Big Stroll (15 Miles) and The Wee Wander (6 Miles). All finishing at Balloch Country park on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond to celebrate together.

You can still donate to dates-n-mates, please click the link below to access their everydayhero page, and pick one of the team members to sponsor.

All funds raised will go to dates-n-mates. We massively appreciate every penny donated! So help raise money for dates-n-mates to continue to organise great events for members. Supporting love and friendship for people with learning disabilities.

+ an extra 40% on top of what you donate will be added by the Tom Hunter Foundation.

Find out more about dates-n-mates:

Thank you! 😀

Click here to view more photos via Flickr


Stuart Devlin: ‘My disability is mistaken for drunkeness’

April 13, 2019


Stuart on night out with friends

Stuart Devlin (person we work for and dates-n-mates member) features in a short video from the BBC about disability discrimination at night venues. This video also contains some scenes from a recent Club LATE night.

Stuart has been turned away from venues with door staff saying he is too drunk to get in, even though he has not yet had an alcoholic drink.

Stuart simply wants to say “You may think I appear drunk, though this is because I have conditions called Cerebral Palsy & Dyspraxia” though feels he is not understood or simply does not get the chance to say it.

Stuart almost lost the confidence to go on nights out due to a number of experiences like this.

It is another reason why there is a demand for Club LATE and more ‘inclusive clubbing’ nights.

We need and ask for more disability awareness training for staff at night venues to avoid people with disabilities being stigmatised or rejected in this way.

“This is so important. My friend who is a doorman had this experience with someone who had cerebral palsy, and almost turned him away. It’s just too easy, under those circumstances, to assume the reason is drunkenness. Awareness campaigns like this one are a great idea.” Comment on video via BBC facebook page

Click here to view video via BBC news

Organisations such as the ‘Stay Up Late’ campaign fight for disabled people’s right to have a good night out like everyone else. You can find out more by visiting their website: or facebook group:

There is also a Stay Up Late Scotland campaign. Visit their facebook page:

Find out more about monthly Glasgow inclusive club night LATE:


Kiltwalk 2019: Help raise money for dates-n-mates

February 6, 2019


Sign up to walk for dates-n-mates Scotland in this year’s Kiltwalk Glasgow at Levengrove Park, Dumbarton, on Sunday 28th April.

Every penny you raise will be boosted by 40%, thanks to The Hunter Foundation.

Just by registering, you are automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of TWO brand new cars!

Click here and follow instructions to join the dates-n-mates Kiltwalk team.

Or call dates-n-mates on 0141 427 2957 for further information and / or help with registration.


Club LATE on BBC Scotland News

August 31, 2018

It was great to see Club LATE, the inclusive club night we started with our project dates-n-mates over 6 years still going strong. Now monthly thanks to the great partnership between dates-n-mates and Include Me 2 Club.

Wonderful to see it promoted on BBC Scotland News broadcast on Wednesday 29th of August 2018.

Click here to watch this feature

Find out more about Club LATE:

Being Human Conference, Glasgow – August 2018

July 27, 2018


beinghuman_4_LogoWe are delighted to announce the latest in our series of Being Human conferences titled Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights Into Practice

This will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

This event will also include the launch of C-Change Scotland CEO Dr Sam Smith’s book Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights Into Practice.

We hope the event really will put the ‘human’ into human rights. Drawing inspiration from the famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote about the importance of rights in those ‘small places close to home’, we would like delegates to leave the event with a sense of what is possible when they/we utilise our own agency to advance the human rights agenda in the field of social care.

Our Key Note Speaker this year will be Professor Alan Miller (Special Envoy of the (Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership Scotland) who offers a wealth of insight into human rights and social care. The conference will also cover topics including the rights of the child, of women, of older persons and of disabled persons.

Our other speakers will include:
Dr Sam Smith (CEO, C-Change Scotland)
Juliet Harris (Director, Together Scotland)
Emma Rich (Executive Director, Engender)
Henry Simmons (Chief Executive, Alzheimers Scotland)
Paul Stratton & Shona Perfect (C-Change Scotland)

We will also have a Panel Discussion with an expert panel and audience participation. Our Panel will include:
Professor Nicole Busby (University of Strathclyde)
Judith Robertson (Scottish Human Rights Commission)
Expert by experience tbc

Please click here for full event Running Order.

The event will take place as follows:
Date: Tuesday 28th of August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 4:15pm
Venue: Scottish Universities Insight Institute
University of Strathclyde
Collins Building
22 Richmond Street
G1 1XQ

To book your place please click here to complete our online booking form.


New Zealand Visitors to C-Change Glasgow Base

July 23, 2018

We were delighted to welcome two visitors from New Zealand on the morning of Wednesday 25th of July.

Zandra Vaccarino of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association and Christel van Baalen of the Auckland Down Syndrome Association are in Glasgow for this week’s World Down Syndrome Congress and wanted to meet up with C-Change and dates-n-mates while they are here.

C-Change Support Advisors Clare and Tara met the two ladies who were interested in discussing the champion support we do around the self direct support model. It was great to discuss the differences internationally in how the self directed model is implemented (or in some cases not). It was also interesting to hear the different approaches in making sure people human rights are met when it comes to support.

They went over our matching process for recruitment, person centred planning and many other relevant areas of interest.

John Paul and Lesley from dates-n-mates Glasgow also met with our visitors. They were interested to hear about how dates-n-mates started, how it is funded, how we screen volunteers and what kind of activities dates-n-mates offer.

A huge welcome to Scotland to both Zandra and Christel!

We wish them and everyone attending the World Down Syndrome Congress (#WDSCongress) a wonderful stay in Glasgow.

Martin’s Picnic and Games Afternoon Meet-Up

July 13, 2018


Martin (One of the people we work for) is holding a Picnic & Games meet-up which will take place at Victoria Park in Glasgow on Wednesday 18th of July.

This will be a fun afternoon with music, food, refreshments and games (badminton, tennis and lawn-bowls).

All sporting equipment free of charge though a small donation towards the picnic would be appreciated. Alternatively bring along your own home made dish (prize awarded to best dish).

For further information please contact Martin’s team member Ryan on 07584 167 310.

Martin and his team look forward to seeing you then.



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.