dates-n-mates events postponed until further notice

March 16, 2020


dates-n-mates Scotland are sad and disappointed to announce that as from 6pm on Monday 16th March 2020 all dates-n-mates events are postponed until further notice.

This includes the Gala Awards Dinner, planned for Thursday 19th March and Club LATE on Thursday 26th March.

The postponement applies to all branches; Glasgow, Aberdeen, Renfrewshire and Falkirk.

This action is in response to the current public health crisis and after taking direction from Health Protection Scotland. dates-n-mates Scotland believe that many members would be putting themselves or their loved ones at unnecessary risk by attending social events. And as the Coronavirus continues to spread, the top concern is to make sure that members, staff and volunteers are safe and remain well.

dates-n-mates Scotland hope that it won’t be long until the events programme is running again but at the moment we cannot say when this will be.

In the meantime, dates-n-mates Scotland urge all members to continue to follow the NHS guidance on how to avoid catching and spreading the virus.

dates-n-mates Scotland are now in the process of contacting event attendees and members. dates-n-mates Scotland sincerely apologise to you all for the disappointment and frustration that this difficult decision will undoubtedly cause.

Lesley Miller
Project Lead, dates-n-mates Scotland

Please click here to download this statement as a (PDF) document:

dates-n-mates Gala Dinner

February 3, 2020

dates-n-mates will be holding their Gala Awards dinner on Thursday 19th March at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow.

The fun kicks off at 6pm with a glass of fizz, followed by a 3 course meal. Celebrity Clyde 1 DJ Garry Spence will then host the awards (categories will be announced very soon).

The evening will be rounded off with the fabulous Simply Rod – a Tribute to Rod Stewart by James Frew, and then a bit of music and dancing for the die hard party goers!

It set to be a great night! Tickets are very limited. You can book your ticket by calling the dates-n-mates Glasgow team on 0141 427 2957.

Tickets are £30 for non-members, £15 for members and £10 for support.


Sarah Paterson – Winner in The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019

December 4, 2019


We can now reveal dates-n-mates Aberdeen Director Sarah Paterson a winner in The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2019 in the Category of Local communities.

This list highlights the remarkable achievements and contributions that people with learning disabilities and/or autism make to their communities.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges with expertise and relevant lived experience.

Click below to find out about Sarah’s story and why she is so deserving of this prestigious recognition:

A wonderful and well deserved achievement. Well done Sarah!


dates-n-mates Scotland Team Day 2019

October 24, 2019

dates-n-mates Scotland staff from Aberdeen, Falkirk, Glasgow and Renfrewshire came together for their annual team development day in Glasgow this week.

It was a welcome opportunity for the local branch teams to discuss common topics such as policies and procedures around dating, member skills development and our media strategy.

It was also a rare chance for a bit of social time together after work – and some former colleagues popped in to say hello as well 😃

Find out more about dates-n-mates:

dates-n-mates in final for nation’s favourite National Lottery funded project!

August 21, 2019


Only one day left to vote for the nation’s favourite National Lottery funded project.

Please click here to vote for dates-n-mates online in the Best Community and Charity Project Category.

You can also vote for dates-n-mates by tweeting using both of the following hashtags: #NLAdatesnmates #NLAs

Your vote could help us win £10,000 for dates-n-mates!
We need as many votes as possible, so please SHARE this post.

Click here to view a video posted by STV News about dates-n-mates members and their search for love (via facebook).

Voting closes at Midnight on Wednesday 21st of August!

dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2019

June 14, 2019


A massive thank you to everyone who helped make dates-n-mates Scotland We’ve Got Talent 2019 on evening of Thursday 6th June at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry such a success!

Wonderful contestants and what a fantastic audience. It was a truly brilliant night!

The top 3 winners of We’ve Got Talent this year were as follows:
3rd place: Alison McKenzie – dancing as Elsa to Let It Go.
2nd place: Jordan Stanger – musical conjuring act
1st place: Ross Morrans – singing Let Me Go, by Gary Barlow

Well done to all our contestants! It really was such a competitive year. You certainly made it tough for our judges.

A huge thank you to our judges this year who were:
John Comerford (Actor)
Colin McCreadie (Actor)
Karen Woodrow (Singer)
Garry Spence (Radio DJ)
Andrew McCartney (dates-n-mates Glasgow Director)

A huge thank you also to our amazing hosts who were Clyde 2 radio DJ Gina McKee and DJ Christine McMurtry.

Thank you to everyone who came along, cheered on our contestants, sang, danced and generally contributed to the fantastic atmosphere.

Thank you also to all the fantastic staff at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry.

We are already looking forward to dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2020 🙂

Click here to view photos (highlights) via facebook
Click here to view photos (all) via Flickr

Learning Disability Week 2019

May 13, 2019

Its Learning Disability Week 2019! (13th-19th May)

The theme for Learning Disability Week 2019 is ‘Community: Active, Connected, Included’.

Communities are at their best when everyone is active in their community, connected to people within their community, and feels included by their community.

Lets celebrate the lives of people with learning disabilities and the contribution they make to their local community (and beyond). Lets celebrate better inclusion for people with learning disabilities within their communities (and beyond)! 🙂

Click here to find out about all the fantastic things happening across Scotland now.

Our new project dates-n-mates Falkirk will be holding a Communi-TEA afternoon event at Callendar Square Shopping & Leisure Centre in Falkirk on Thursday 15th May 2019 from 1pm-3pm. Click here to find out more (via their website).

For further information on Learning Disability Week 2019 visit:

The evolution of Club LATE

April 5, 2019

  7 years of #InclusiveClubbing

LATE – Scotland’s first fully inclusive club night, launched on Tuesday 10th of April 2012 at The Arches in Glasgow. The night was an instant success with over 200 people attending. It was clear that there was a demand for inclusive clubbing (#InclusiveClubbing).

LATE was launched by C-Change Scotland and has since continued to be run by the organisations dating and friendship agency project dates-n-mates.

The idea of LATE was to hold a genuinely inclusive club night promoted to people with learning disabilities though open to all.

For four hours on the 10th of April 2012, the divide between ‘abled’ and ‘disabled’ was all but gone, as people with and without disabilities danced, drank and simply enjoyed themselves and the company of each other. The only difference from a regular club night was a big presence of staff and volunteers to make sure everyone was safe and to encourage people on their own to meet others and feel included.

DJ’s playing on the night were with and without a learning disability. Possibly no one noticed, and that was fine.

LATE was perhaps another milestone in Scotland showing a fundamental shift in how our society views people with learning disabilities. It was now a decade after the closure of large institutions such as Lennox Castle Hospital where males and females were purposely segregated. Where a night out for people with a learning disability meant a few cans of cola for a few hours in a brightly lit hall and some very cheesy tunes (and this was the norm for some time after). Where constant and often over the top ‘risk assessments’ on individuals meant a normal life was not really an option.

Over the next 5 years dates-n-mates went on to hold a further 15 Club LATE nights. Though the venue changed a number of times after the closure of the The Arches, the night continued successfully.

In 2018 dates-n-mates went into partnership with Include Me 2 Club to launch a monthly club LATE. This took place on Thursday 19th of April 2018 – almost exactly 6 years on from the launch of the night.

The launch of the first monthly night at G2 (Part of The Garage) in Glasgow was highly successful! The energy was great – It just felt right.

dates-n-mates members had been calling for a more regular night for some time and it was time to answer that call.

This has opened club LATE up to many more people who can now benefit from this inclusive clubbing experience. We hope many more relationships (friendships, romances and love) will be formed as a result and people will have more confidence to try other night time activities on offer in the wider world. Evidence shows that opportunities to build friendships and relationships can significantly improve quality of life and independence for all who are able to enjoy a typical night out.

Capital FM DJ Garry Spence helped us launch the night almost 7 years ago and continues to support LATE with a regular slot. Garry told us:

“I’ve been playing for LATE since the very start and I’ve loved it since that first night. I can’t overstate the impact this has on the lives of people who’d otherwise be excluded from night venues in Scotland. It’s always a brilliant turn out, always a feel-good event and allows access to clubs for everyone regardless of their ability or mobility.”

Keep up to date with all things LATE by following the Club LATE facebook

Hashtags we like:
#InclusiveClubbing #ClubLATE #StayUpLate

New Director at dates-n-mates Falkirk

March 20, 2019



I am Britney Turner, Director for dates-n-mates Falkirk. I am a 37 years old Trans Woman from Stirling.

People say I am a really friendly person and will chat to anyone!

I love to play computer games, dressing up and learning new skills.

Something I am proud of is taking part in the 2013 Special Olympics in Bath. I won a Gold and two Silver medals for Swimming the 50 metre freestyle, front and backstroke.

I am really looking forward to welcoming new members to dates-n-mates Falkirk! I look forward to helping people make new friends and possibly even find love.

We are currently planning some great events for members. We also have some taster events for people interested in becoming members coming up including a Meal Out on Tuesday 2nd April, Info Session on Wednesday 17th April and Oot and Aboot walking group on Thursday 25th April.

Contact the team on 0141 427 2946 for further details.

Watch this space for further updates from me!
Click here to visit dates-n-mates Falkirk website

Special Olympic World Games Abu Dhabi 2019

March 14, 2019


All of us are wishing dates-n-mates members Alison MacKenzie and Andrew MacKintyre all the very best at the Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019.

Both Alison and Andrew are taking part in gymnastics events representing team GB at this years Special Olympics taking place now (14th – 21st March) in the United Arab Emirates.

For information on the games please visit: