SCLD Learning Disability Awards 2019

Published: May 21, 2019



A massive congratulations to Andrew Moodie (person we work for) who was Highly Commended in the Creative Communities category at last nights SCLD Learning Disability Awards 2019 which took place on the evening of Friday 17th.

We are all thrilled for Andrew for receiving this well deserved recognition!

Congratulations also to all of SCLD Learning Disability Awards 2019 finalists and category winners!

Click here to watch Andrew’s SCLD Learning Disability Award Finalist movie. Andrew talks about his love of movies, his movie reviews and short stories. the video also featuring Service Development Coordinator Susan O’Reilly on why she nominated Andrew for the award.

Click here to view all videos the of this years award finalists (via Vimeo). Really inspiring, we would highly recommend viewing these.

Click here to read Andrew’s Story (of his passion for movie’s and writing) via our blog.

You can read many of Andrew’s extensive catalogue of movie reviews and some of his short stories via his website:

For further information on this years SCLD Learning Disability Awards please click on the following link (via SCLD’s website):


Learning Disability Week 2019: Andrew’s Story

Published: May 16, 2019



We are delighted for Andrew Moodie (person we work for) for his nomination in this years SCLD Learning Disability Awards in the category of Creative Communities.

Andrew is a talented and remarkable young man with an incredible gift for writing. Andrew also has a passion for movies. For many years he would share his thoughts and feelings on movies with family and friends and decided he would like to be a writer. It made sense to Andrew that he combined his two interests for wider audiences to enjoy.

Andrew is working hard to become an accomplished film critic by sharing his passion through his own film reviews online on his website and on social media.

It is clear by reading his film reviews that Andrew is very insightful and is able to bring to life thoughtful and well-rounded overviews of each review.

When Andrew was at school and exploring employment opportunities for leaving he made his aspirations to become a film critic known to the school careers advisor which was met with negativity and disapproval. The feedback he received was to focus on pursuing getting ‘a real job’. The ramifications of this at the time were huge as it had a massive impact on Andrew’s self-esteem and overall wellbeing. Though, Andrew being the determined young man that he is, with self belief and faith in his own abilities overcame this. Andrew used this experience as the catalyst to pursue his dream with greater determination than ever.

Through the success of writing his film reviews and the very positive feedback he has received, Andrew is now developing his creative writing to include short stories with the vision of becoming a published writer.

Andrew wishes to be an inspiration to all young people with additional support needs who wish to pursue their own passions.

“I think there is real power when you read something and hear the author’s voice. From his first movie review I was captivated. He really takes the reader on a Journey. I nominated Andrew for this award because I really think his writing is brilliant. Good job he ignored the advice from his teacher to be ‘more realistic’ and decided to pursue his passion” Susan O’Reilly – C-Change Scotland Service Development Coordinator

You can read many of Andrew’s extensive catalogue of movie reviews via his website:

The Scottish Commission for Learning Disability (SCLD) Learning Disability Awards 2019 take place on the evening of Friday 17th May.

We wish Andrew all the very best with the award and in his future career. Given Andrew’s drive, passion and skill we have no doubt he will make it a success.


Learning Disability Week 2019: Holly’s Story

Published: May 15, 2019



Hi, my name is Holly. I live in Kirkintilloch, in my own home. It is a friendly neighbourhood and I really like it there. I want to tell you a bit of my story (so far) so please read on.

Prior to being supported by C-Change I was not leading the life I wanted. I was supported by another organisation (I will not name) and I was not happy. Different support workers would come in each day and none I got to know shared my interest in politics.

I used to sit and watch television with my support worker. I got very bored with them and ended up asking them to leave. My support was not working for me. My support was based on housework – It was not fun.

Since receiving the right support my life has very much changed for the better. I feel so much happier now. I have been matched up with the right support sharing my interests in politics and human rights.

I am very interested in politics and with encouragement I contacted the Conservative Party. I got involved doing office work and putting leaflets out. I contacted a local Councillor David Meikle to get more involved. I went to the count for the first time at the European elections, then the general election and the Scottish Referendum where I stayed up until the early hours – it was very exciting.

I get support when I choose to. I live in my own home and I am very independent. I have my own support budget and I use it to do the things I want to do in my life. People with disabilities should have a life they choose.

I am a Director of dates-n-mates, a dating and friendship agency run by and by for people with learning disabilities. l am an event Director and part of my job is to help organise and attend events. I also meet with members to discuss what they like and want from dates-n-mates (this link will take you away from our website). I have been a Director of dates-n-mates for over 10 years now! We celebrated our 10 Year Anniversary last year.

I am involved in research around choice for people with disabilities, i.e not having to go to bed early due to the support they receive. We are going to start campaign for people with disabilities to have a right to a social life. This is very important to me.

I now do public speaking on human rights and political topics. I have also attended three Conservative Party conferences and have even met former Prime Minister David Cameron (at the time he was PM). Though I am a bit unsure now where my political loyalty sits due to Brexit, which I do not support.

I am my own person with my own views and interests and I am leading the life I have chosen to.

By Holly Millar


Learning Disability Week 2019

Published: May 13, 2019

Its Learning Disability Week 2019! (13th-19th May)

The theme for Learning Disability Week 2019 is ‘Community: Active, Connected, Included’.

Communities are at their best when everyone is active in their community, connected to people within their community, and feels included by their community.

Lets celebrate the lives of people with learning disabilities and the contribution they make to their local community (and beyond). Lets celebrate better inclusion for people with learning disabilities within their communities (and beyond)! 🙂

Click here to find out about all the fantastic things happening across Scotland now.

Our new project dates-n-mates Falkirk will be holding a Communi-TEA afternoon event at Callendar Square Shopping & Leisure Centre in Falkirk on Thursday 15th May 2019 from 1pm-3pm. Click here to find out more (via their website).

For further information on Learning Disability Week 2019 visit:

Pizza night followed by hot tub – Aidan’s Wee break away!

Published: May 2, 2019



Friends Aidan & Darran (two people we work for) hangin out with Support Advisors Islean and Elaine and Personal Development Worder (PDW) Neil.

Aidan is on a short break and invited Darran over for the night. Waiting on the pizza to be delivered, followed by relaxing in the hot tub! 😃

That is often what it’s all about – good company with lovely people! It can be these small moments that help make a good life.

Lovely pic guys 😊


dates-n-mates Kiltwalk 2019 Success!

Published: May 1, 2019



A massive congratulations and well done to everyone who walked for dates-n-mates at the Kiltwalk Glasgow on Sunday 28th April 2019.

Members, team members, volunteers and supporters walked to raise money for dates-n-mates Scotland. Walks included The Mighty Stride (22.6 Miles), The Big Stroll (15 Miles) and The Wee Wander (6 Miles). All finishing at Balloch Country park on the bonny banks of Loch Lomond to celebrate together.

You can still donate to dates-n-mates, please click the link below to access their everydayhero page, and pick one of the team members to sponsor.

All funds raised will go to dates-n-mates. We massively appreciate every penny donated! So help raise money for dates-n-mates to continue to organise great events for members. Supporting love and friendship for people with learning disabilities.

+ an extra 40% on top of what you donate will be added by the Tom Hunter Foundation.

Find out more about dates-n-mates:

Thank you! 😀

Click here to view more photos via Flickr