dates-n-mates Aberdeen 1st Birthday Party

Published: June 30, 2016


On Thursday 24th of June, a party was held to celebrate dates-n-mates Aberdeen’s one year anniversary at Aberdeen’s Rox Hotel, the same venue where the launch party for the project was held a little over a year ago.

Speeches were made by dates-n-mates Aberdeen Director Sarah Paterson and Aberdeen City Councillor Lesley Dunbar. We also heard heart-warming words from dates-n-mates members Liz and Richard who were very keen to talk about how dates-n-mates has changed their lives.

There was live music from local band Coda and DJ Kit Kat Kenny ended the night with a great disco getting everyone up and dancing away.

Around 80 guests came along to celebrate with us and there really was a lot to celebrate, with the project having achieved so much over the past twelve months. dates-n-mates Aberdeen have put on some brilliant events and activities for their members and have now have over 50 members – far exceeding the 40 member target set by Aberdeen City Council.

We would like to thank Aberdeen City Councillor Lesley Dunbar and Tom Cowan, Head of Joint Operations at Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership for attending this special event.

Happy 1st birthday dates-n-mates Aberdeen!

Click here to view photos from the event via the dates-n-mates Aberdeen facebook page.

C-Change Scotland Charity Award 2016 Finalists

Published: June 13, 2016


We were honoured to have been nominated under the category of Disability for our dates-n-mates project at this years UK Charity Awards.

The Charity Awards is Civil Society Media’s annual awards programme held to identify, recognise and reward organisations doing exceptional work in all areas of charitable activity.

The awards ceremony was held on the evening of Thursday 9th of June 2016.

Though we did not win, we feel very privileged to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award.

Well done to Sign Health charity for winning the charity award in the category of Disability with their BSL Health Minds project – such a worthwhile initiative working with the deaf community.

We commend all of the charities nominated for the wonderful work they do and the positive life changing difference that they make to so many people.

For more information on the awards, nominees and winners please visit the charity Awards website:

Volunteer Celebration Week 2016

Published: June 10, 2016



Volunteers’ Week – The Big Celebration took place at the start of June

As part of this we had a C-Change volunteer meet-up & meal on the evening of Tuesday 7th of June at the Tron Theatre restaurant and bar. There were some great ideas discussed as well as a lovely meal and chat where staff & volunteers got to know each other better.

As part of volunteers’ week we also posted some stories highlighting the great and invaluable work undertaken by our very wonderful volunteers.

You can read these by visiting:


dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2016

Published: June 5, 2016



Congratulations to the winner of dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2016 – dates-n-mates Glasgow member Malcolm Laurie with his version of ‘Wherever You Go’ by The Calling.

dates-n-mates Renfrewshire member Graham Watret won second place with his performance of ‘Dance With My Father Again’ by Luther Vandross with dates-n-mates Glasgow member Sinead Scullion coming in third with her version of Immortality by Celine Dion.

There were also two stand out awards won this year! This was for notable performances that delivered that little bit extra. These were won by dates-n-mates Glasgow member Anne Burns for her wonderful performance of Crazy by Patsy Cline & dates-n-mates Renfrewshire member Alison MacKenzie for her fantastic gymnastic dance routine performance.

Congratulations to all contestants this year! All were amazing and contributed in putting on a spectacular and highly entertaining evening.

The dates-n-mates team would like to thank this years four wonderful judges; John Comerford – Local Businessman & former River City Star, Capital FM’s Garry Spence, Karen Woodrow – Lead singer of the Grand Central Band and Andrew Agnew – TV Actor, Director and star of many seasonal Pantomines. Last though certainly not least a massive thank you to the hostess with the mostess – the ever glamorous Barbara La Bush and her equally fabulous assistant Lily Minogue.

The team would also like to thank all the wonderful volunteers, staff at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry & everyone who came along to cheer our contestants on.

We’ve Got Talent was the 5th event as part of the C-Change Scotland 15 Year Celebration.

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