C-Change News Video – June 2017

Published: June 30, 2017

Double Awards Success for C-Change & dates-n-mates

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Published: June 23, 2017

We are absolutely delighted to have won two prestigious national 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 our dates-n-mates project.

Find out more by visiting: http://www.sssa.scot/shortlist

On Thursday 22nd of June we won an SCVO Scottish Charity Award in the category of Pioneering Project for our dates-n-mates Project. 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)

Find out more: http://www.scvo.org.uk/scottish-charity-awards-2017/

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An Evening of Celebration

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Published: 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 – Glasgow, June 2017

Published: 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.

Click here to view Sandy’s Story (via YouTube)

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

Keep an eye on our website, facebook page and Twitter for further coverage of the conference and for future events: