Save The Date: Being Human Conference – August 2018

Published: June 22, 2018


Title: Being Human 4: Putting Rights Into Practice

When: Tuesday 28th of August 2018

Location: Strathclyde University


Click here to find out about our last Being Human conference held in Aberdeen, May 2018

dates-n-mates We’ve Got Talent 2018

Published: 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


Putting Rights into Practice (Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care)

Published: June 8, 2018




By Dr Sam Smith (C-Change Scotland CEO)


I have written a book: Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights into Practice (Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care), which was published last month.

The book draws inspiration from the following famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote.

Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home – so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood (s)he lives in; the school or college (s)he attends; the factory, farm, or office where (s)he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger ).[1]

I have taken the audacious liberty of slightly amending the quote (in brackets) to address the gender-specific nature of the original statement. The book aims to act as a counter balance to the notion of human rights, and human rights law, as the preserve of lawyers, court rooms and judges. This is not to say that the legal profession and the court of law are not important in the realisation of human rights. They are, and careful attention has been paid in each chapter to significant case law that has contributed to the development of human rights jurisprudence.

The focus of the book is, however, on the universality of human rights and the role of the citizen in manifesting and bringing these rights to life, in the living breathing reality of our day-to-day lives. Its aim is to contribute to a growing understanding of the power and potential of human rights in the many different roles citizens fulfil daily, as family members, as colleagues, as those in receipt of additional support and as professionals working in the field of social care. Human rights are, if understood, owned and exercised, a set of shared values and aspirations that form a common lexicon of oneness in our humanity, that transcends age, gender, race, religion, disability and sexual orientation. In that, they can be the source of great inspiration, power and solidarity and act as a catalyst for meaningful progressive social change.

A formal launch of the book is planned for late August and I will talk more about this as we near the date.

Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights into Practice (Policy and Practice in Health and Social Care) is available now via


[1] Excerpt from a speech at the presentation of ‘In Your Hands: A Guide for Community Action for the Tenth Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, Thursday, 27 March 1958, United Nations, New York. As head of the Human Rights Commission, she was instrumental in formulating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which she submitted to the UN General Assembly with these words: ‘We stand today at the threshold of a great event both in the life of the United Nations and in the life of mankind. This declaration may well become the international Magna Carta for all men everywhere.’

A massive thank you to all our volunteers!

Published: June 7, 2018




To round off a wonderful volunteers week we invited our fantastic volunteers to join us for an evening of celebration and Salsa.

Following a lovely meal, volunteers Monika and David put us through our paces with some sultry Latin moves!

For everyone who attended and everyone who wasn’t able to make it we want to say a massive THANK YOU! 🙂

Volunteers make a valuable contribution to the work we do and we appreciate all their efforts throughout the year.