Club LATE at Distrikt

Published: August 30, 2016


Our 12th Club LATE was held at Distrikt night club in Glasgow’s Merchant City at the end of August.

150 revellers enjoyed great music from LATE legend – Capital FM DJ Garry Spence and our special award winning guest, DJ Rory Hoy.

The dance floor


packed the full night, with glow sticks in the air and an electric atmosphere – we can safely say it was another great LATE night.

Huge thanks to DJ Garry Spence and Rory Hoy, the staff at Distrikt night club and of course our wonderful volunteers.

You can view photos from the night via the facebook page for club LATE:


Big Summer Celebration BBQ & Walk

Published: 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:

Celebrating Glasgow Pride 2016

Published: August 22, 2016


C-Change & dates-n-mates were proud to have been part of Pride Glasgow 2016. Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to hear a wee bit about us over the the two day festival held at Glasgow Green on the 20th and 21st of August. We met so many amazing people at our stall this year!

We even took part in the Pride Parade with thousands of others, bringing a bit of sunshine and colour to a wet Saturday afternoon in Glasgow City Centre. Well, you cant make a rainbow without rain!

All of us at C-Change & dates-n-mates Scotland stand with the LGBTi community and felt priveleged to be represented at Glasgow Pride this year.

You can view photos of the festival and parade via the dates-n-mates Scotland facebook page:

October News



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Published: August 5, 2016


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

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 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 cheesy tunes. Where constant ‘risk assessments’ 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 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 5 years on from 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 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 5 years ago and continues to support the night 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 following facebook page:

Hashtags we like:
#InclusiveClubbing #ClubLATE #StayUpLate

dates-n-mates Aberdeen Funding Success!



We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £319,228 from the Big Lottery Fund to run our project dates-n-mates Aberdeen for the next 5 years.

This will build on the success of the one year pilot project funded and supported by Aberdeen City Council over the last year.

Following the launch event of the project in June 2015 dates-n-mates Aberdeen have since run over 20 events including Speed Meets, Sports Activities, Creative Arts Sessions, Theatre Trips and some members even attended the T In The Park music festival. All of these events were run and organised by members with the support of the team.

The project exceeded it’s membership target in the pilot year. Thanks to the Big Lottery funding we can continue to provide opportunities for adults with learning disabilities to make friends and develop meaningful relationships in Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire.

For more on this fantastic news and links to various press articles including coverage on BBC news online & Aberdeen Press & Journal – please visit the following page of the dates-n-mates Aberdeen website:



Double Awards Success!



C-Change & dates-n-mates are absolutely delighted to have won two high profile charity awards this June.

On Tuesday 13th of June colleagues Sheryl, Stacey, Piotr, Lesley as well as dates-n-mates Glasgow Director John Paul and dates-n-mates Renfrewshire member Kim attended the Scottish Social Services Awards (SSSA) ceremony at the Crieff Hydro Hotel in Perthshire. We are absolutely delighted to have won the award in the category of ‘The Courage To Take A Risk’ for all dates-n-mates projects.

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On Thursday 22nd of June we won an SCVO Scottish Charity Award in the category of Pioneering Project again for all dates-n-mates Projects. This was a people’s choice award voted for by the public.

dates-n-mates Renfrewshire colleagues Fiona & Raynor as well as dates-n-mates Glasgow Fundraising Director Michael and dates-n-mates National Member Malcolm, attended the ceremony at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EIC) to find out the great news and collect our trophy.

A massive thank you to everyone who voted for us! We are over the moon with the result!

A huge well done to all other finalists and winners at both awards. We are privileged to be in the company of people doing so much inspiring work across Scotland.

“Very proud of dates-n-mates winning the SCVO Scottish Charity Awards 2017 in category of Pioneering Project to add to our Scottish Social Services Awards 2017 for The Courage to Take A Risk Trophy. We also celebrated dates-n-mates Aberdeen’s 2nd Birthday – all in two weeks!” John Paul Moffat (dates-n-mates Glasgow Director)

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Click here to view Awards Ceremony pics via Flickr:

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