1 year as an independent charity

Dates-n-Mates have been an independent charity for ONE YEAR!!!

Dates-n-Mates launched back in 2008, as a project of C-Change Scotland. Launching initially in Glasgow and expanding over the years to Renfrewshire, Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, Falkirk, Stirling, and Clackmannanshire. In April 2023, we became an independent charity.

 

We have continued to facilitate events and support friendship and dating for all our members across Scotland while updating and improving our policies and processes as an independent charity.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the last year.

A message from Dates-n-Mates Lead – Fiona Kyle:

“It has been a whirlwind first year as an independent charity for Dates-n-Mates. We have so much to celebrate including inducting a new Board of Trustees which included two members of Dates-n-Mates – Faiz from Glasgow and Kirsty from Stirling. It takes a lot of work behind the scenes to make Dates-n-Mates successful and we are very grateful to be supported by a Board who have the right knowledge and expertise to make Dates-n-Mates what it is! 

We will soon be on the look out for a new Friends Trustee as Kirsty has taken on the role of Director for Dates-n-Mates Stirling, congratulations Kirsty, from everyone at Dates-n-Mates!

Members – look out on our social media for more information on this Trustee role soon!

It takes lots of energy and passion to create a fun programme of social events and I would like to thank the Dates-n-Mates Scotland teams for their hard work. In the past year, they planned and hosted over 630 events (including 29 workshops) throughout Scotland with the support from our 35 volunteers who volunteered 945 hours of their time. So a heartfelt thank you to our volunteers as we couldn’t operate Dates-n-Mates without your support. 

On top of all the events we managed to create a successful advert on STV thanks to winning free advertising as part of the STV Inclusion Awards. The advert reached over a million viewers and some lucky members of Dates-n-Mates can now say they were on the TV! It helped raise the awareness of Dates-n-Mates and we’ve had lots of new members join throughout Scotland. 

As a thank you to our members, supporters, funders, staff and volunteers we would like to invite you to our first Annual Celebration Event in August to celebrate all our achievements in helping to shape Dates-n-Mates. We hope that you will be able to join us so look out for your invitation arriving soon.

Here’s to another fun and successful year in 2024!” 

A message from National Director - John Paul Moffat

A message from Faiz - Dates-n-Mates Board Trustee

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