Club LATE – now monthly event!

Published: July 31, 2018


LATELogo-Currentdates-n-mates started Club LATE in 2012 – Scotland’s first fully inclusive club night (aimed at people with learning disabilities, though open to all).

dates-n-mates held around 3 club LATE nights per year until April 2018 when they joined forces with like minded organisation Include Me 2 Club to re-launch Club LATE as a monthly night.

Everyone is welcome at LATE though there is a discount price for both members of dates-n-mates and Include Me 2 Club.

This July saw the launch of the first Live LATE night, with a mix of live solo artists and bands. The plan is to hold 3 Live LATE nights per year.

Click here to view photos from the launch of Live LATE on Thursday 26th of July (via facebook)

The next club LATE night will take place on Thursday 23rd of August 2018 at G2 from 7pm – 11pm. Tickets are £5 for members, £8 for non-members and £2 for Support Staff.

You can keep up to date with all the latest from Club LATE including dates, DJ’s and other performers by visiting the nights dedicated facebook page:

Being Human Conference, Glasgow – August 2018

Published: July 27, 2018


beinghuman_4_LogoWe are delighted to announce the latest in our series of Being Human conferences titled Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights Into Practice

This will take place at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute in Glasgow on Tuesday 28th August 2018.

This event will also include the launch of C-Change Scotland CEO Dr Sam Smith’s book Human Rights and Social Care: Putting Rights Into Practice.

We hope the event really will put the ‘human’ into human rights. Drawing inspiration from the famous Eleanor Roosevelt quote about the importance of rights in those ‘small places close to home’, we would like delegates to leave the event with a sense of what is possible when they/we utilise our own agency to advance the human rights agenda in the field of social care.

Our Key Note Speaker this year will be Professor Alan Miller (Special Envoy of the (Chair of the First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership Scotland) who offers a wealth of insight into human rights and social care. The conference will also cover topics including the rights of the child, of women, of older persons and of disabled persons.

Our other speakers will include:
Dr Sam Smith (CEO, C-Change Scotland)
Juliet Harris (Director, Together Scotland)
Emma Rich (Executive Director, Engender)
Henry Simmons (Chief Executive, Alzheimers Scotland)
Paul Stratton & Shona Perfect (C-Change Scotland)

We will also have a Panel Discussion with an expert panel and audience participation. Our Panel will include:
Professor Nicole Busby (University of Strathclyde)
Judith Robertson (Scottish Human Rights Commission)
Expert by experience tbc

Please click here for full event Running Order.

The event will take place as follows:
Date: Tuesday 28th of August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 4:15pm
Venue: Scottish Universities Insight Institute
University of Strathclyde
Collins Building
22 Richmond Street
G1 1XQ

To book your place please click here to complete our online booking form.


Nominations open for The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018

Published: July 24, 2018

The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders’ List 2018 is the first national listing of people with learning disabilities and/or autism who are helping make things better for themselves and others.

Nominations are now open and close on Monday 27th of August.

Up to 60 winning stories will make up the Leaders’ List, in four categories:

– changing communities
– advocacy, policy and the media
– sports, arts and entertainment
– work and education

Winners will be selected by a group of judges who are experts by experience. Two special winners will also be selected for the Young Leader (under the age of 30) and Lifetime Achievement awards.

Everybody who shares their story (or is nominated by someone else) will receive a certificate thanking them for getting involved and celebrating their achievement.

If you have a learning disability and/or autism you can share your story. If you know someone with a learning disability and/or autism you can nominate them. Click on the following link to get started:



New Zealand Visitors to C-Change Glasgow Base

Published: July 23, 2018

We were delighted to welcome two visitors from New Zealand on the morning of Wednesday 25th of July.

Zandra Vaccarino of the New Zealand Down Syndrome Association and Christel van Baalen of the Auckland Down Syndrome Association are in Glasgow for this week’s World Down Syndrome Congress and wanted to meet up with C-Change and dates-n-mates while they are here.

C-Change Support Advisors Clare and Tara met the two ladies who were interested in discussing the champion support we do around the self direct support model. It was great to discuss the differences internationally in how the self directed model is implemented (or in some cases not). It was also interesting to hear the different approaches in making sure people human rights are met when it comes to support.

They went over our matching process for recruitment, person centred planning and many other relevant areas of interest.

John Paul and Lesley from dates-n-mates Glasgow also met with our visitors. They were interested to hear about how dates-n-mates started, how it is funded, how we screen volunteers and what kind of activities dates-n-mates offer.

A huge welcome to Scotland to both Zandra and Christel!

We wish them and everyone attending the World Down Syndrome Congress (#WDSCongress) a wonderful stay in Glasgow.

Introducing Islean Stuart: Support Advisor for Falkirk

Published: July 20, 2018


IsleanStuartHow long have you been working in the Falkirk area for C-Change?

I joined C-Change in May 2017 as Support Advisor for the Falkirk area.

How many people do C-Change currently support in Falkirk?

C-Change currently support six people in Falkirk. Three people we work for receive full time support at the moment and the other three are supported at times that suit their needs with the support which they require.

How many C-Change employees currently work in Falkirk?

There are currently 16 Personal Development Workers in the Falkirk area.
We will soon be joined by a 2nd Support Advisor as well as an Area Lead and a Service Development Coordinator.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I am able to lead teams for an organisation that I believe in.

It was fantastic coming into an organisation that had only recently started working in a new area. I have been involved in all aspects of the business in Falkirk and have formed good relationships with the Falkirk local authority and Health.

I get to make a difference to someone’s life, even in a small way – Every day! This is what I love the most about my job.

I like to see the people we work for live their lives the way they choose and to see how happy and comfortable they are with the people who support them.

I enjoy supporting and mentoring the teams, watching people grow and achieve things that they never thought that they could. It’s very rewarding!


What are the highlights of the job so far?

Recruiting and developing brand new teams and matching people to the people we work for.

Supporting the teams to grow in confidence, understand the processes and grow into strong individuals and teams.

Being involved in the transition of two young men to move into their own home, being able to see what a difference this has made. Build relationships with parents and see them build up trust in me, the team and the organisation. Be a part of positive changes to these peoples lives and know that we make a difference.


What are your hopes for the future for C-Change in the Falkirk area?

I hope to be able to promote, develop and grow the business in the Falkirk area. Create opportunities to link with the whole of the Forth Valley region and be able to promote and share the exceptional work that we pride ourselves on and grow in this area.

I hope to develop as a person, gain additional experience, qualifications and progress within the organisation in the area in which I work. Business growth would bring opportunities for existing Personal Development Workers to progress too. Id like to be able to mentor more Personal Development Workers to take on extra responsibility and grow to enable them to feel confident in applying for any future Support Advisor positions.

I feel very optimistic about the future of C-Change in the Falkirk area.


Martin’s Picnic and Games Afternoon Meet-Up

Published: July 13, 2018


Martin (One of the people we work for) is holding a Picnic & Games meet-up which will take place at Victoria Park in Glasgow on Wednesday 18th of July.

This will be a fun afternoon with music, food, refreshments and games (badminton, tennis and lawn-bowls).

All sporting equipment free of charge though a small donation towards the picnic would be appreciated. Alternatively bring along your own home made dish (prize awarded to best dish).

For further information please contact Martin’s team member Ryan on 07584 167 310.

Martin and his team look forward to seeing you then.