The 25th-29th of September is International Happiness at Work week. Happiness at work is so important… employees who are happy at work are happier in the rest of their life’s […]Continue reading "Happiness at Work Week 2023"
To kick off our 15th year celebrations, National Director John Paul Moffat sat down with Hughie, who was the FIRST EVER member to join Dates-n-Mates when we first launched back […]Continue reading "National Director John Paul chats to the very first member to ever join Dates-n-Mates!"
We would like to introduce you to and welcome Fiona Kyle – our new Dates-n-Mates Scotland National Lead. Fiona previously worked with Dates-n-Mates for 5 years and has now returned! […]Continue reading "Introducing: Fiona Kyle (DnM Scotland Lead)"
Previous Next Happy 15th work anniversary, John Paul! Dates-n-Mates began in Glasgow in 2008 to support love and friendship for adults with a learning disability. John Paul Moffat was recruited […]Continue reading "John Paul celebrates 15 years working with Dates-n-Mates"
Dates-n-Mates would like to share the news that we have officially become an independent charity as of April 2023. As you may know, Dates-n-Mates began as a project of C-Change […]Continue reading "Independent Charity Status"
A post written by Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen Director – Sarah Paterson Discrimination I have unfortunately been in situations where I’ve literally had people tell me that I “don’t look disabled enough”, […]Continue reading "Directors Perspective (part 2) – Autism Acceptance Week"
A post written by Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen Director – Sarah Paterson My experience living with Autism I was diagnosed with autism at aged 3. I’m grateful and thankful to have received […]Continue reading "Director’s Perspective (part 1) – Autism Acceptance Week"
Employment opportunity for an individual with a learning disability in the Aberdeen area. https://youtu.be/6yZFsgI9f-I Do you recognise the importance of friendships and relationships? Are you looking for a challenge which […]Continue reading "Recruiting: Director (Aberdeen)"
Dates-n-Mates West of Scotland has partnered with the Glasgow Lottery to give you the chance to not only win a monthly jackpot of £25,000, but also to help fundraise for […]Continue reading "Win BIG with the Glasgow Lottery and Dates-n-Mates!"
We are delighted to announce that Dates-n-Mates Renfrewshire has received a grant of £6,500 from the Renfrewshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing in January 2023! This money will allow us […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Renfrewshire delighted with new funding from Engage Renfrewshire Community Mental Health and Wellbeing Fund"
Falkirk members get creative, head to the panto and more! Although there were slightly less events than previous months, and with the weather playing havoc with our events, we still […]Continue reading "DnM Falkirk keep busy in December!"
We’d like to say a huge THANK YOU to the Giving Glasgow Credit Union for the very kind £500 donation to Dates-n-Mates Glasgow. Director Andrew and member Caitlin receiving the […]Continue reading "DONATION FROM THE GLASGOW CREDIT UNION"
We have had another fantastic year filled with friendships, social events, relationships, and lots of fun! Throughout December, we have been sharing a daily video with 22 of our best […]Continue reading "Best Moments of 2022"
On #HumanRightsDay we are with 158 organisations to say Our Human Rights Act Matters to every single one of us, every single day. What is Human Rights Day? Human Rights […]Continue reading "Human Rights Day 2022"
Buying online? Why not make it pay?! Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising […]Continue reading "Help us raise funds through Easyfundraising!"
The party is back with DnM Falkirk and Que & Rkay at Temple! Friday the 4th of November sees Dates n Mates Falkirk back with their inclusive club night in […]Continue reading "Falkirk’s Inclusive Club Night Returns!"
Dates-n-Mates West of Scotland has joined forces with the Co-Op Community Fund for the next 12 months, to raise funds for our charity. All you need to do is take […]Continue reading "Raise funds for Dates-n-Mates with the Co-Op Community Fund"
A huge THANK YOU to our good friends at the National Lottery who awarded Dates-n-Mates Glasgow a whopping £10,000 in their National Lottery Awards For All programme! A big thumbs […]Continue reading "£10,000 from the National Lottery Awards For All!"
Dates-n-Mates Glasgow teamed up with Edrington Spirits to pull together a quiz fundraiser with Dates-n-Mates Glasgow members! Christopher Waddell, part of Edrington’s Supply Chain Management team, joined us on the […]Continue reading "Putting the “Fun” back in “Fundraising”!"
ACVO Newsletter Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen are featured in the September ACVO Newsletter. Members Lisa, Chris and Liz alongside staff Sarah and Louise chatted with ACVO and Volunteer Aberdeen on what Dates-n-Mates do […]Continue reading "ACVO newsletter & Spree fundraising (Aberdeen)"
We are delighted to announce the return of our much anticipated West of Scotland Dates-n-Mates Newsletter! This is the first Newsletter since 2019, and it’s great to have all our […]Continue reading "Launch of West of Scotland Newsletter"
Grab your party gear, and get ready for a fun, inclusive night at Temple Falkirk! Our Falkirk branch are getting ready to host a new, inclusive club night in association […]Continue reading "DnM Falkirk get’s ready to party with new inclusive club night!"
We love to see friendships blossom, so as the 30th of July is international friendship day, we asked a few of our Dates-n-Mates members to share their friendship stories with […]Continue reading "International Friendship Day 2022"
It”s been a long time in coming, but we are relaunching our Champions Points Programme TODAY -1st August! It’s an opportunity for our members to earn points through volunteering, attending […]Continue reading "Our Champions Points Programme is back!"
Glasgow Dates-n-Mates members attended TRNSMT 2022 at Glasgow Green last Saturday with headlining acts The Snuts, Wet Leg and Example. They danced the full day away listening to their favourite […]Continue reading "TRNSMT 2022"
We had a great couple of articles in local West of Scotland newspapers in July! Readers of the Paisley Gazette (part of the Daily Record Group), and Glasgow Times were […]Continue reading "Local Newspaper Coverage for Dates-n-Mates Glasgow and Renfrewshire"
Dates-n-Mates Glasgw partners ITISON Glasgow! VOUCHER EXTRAVAGANZA!! We have joined forces with ITISON Glasgow to offer our members and volunteers, thank-you vouchers they can enjoy across Glasgow!! From restaurants to […]Continue reading "ITISON 2022 (Glasgow)"
Roll up! Roll up! After two years our annual We’ve Got Talent Show will be returning to the Grand Ole Opry on Thursday the 30th of June. During Lockdown, our […]Continue reading "We’ve Got Talent Returns!"
**Fundraising Announcement** Dates-n-Mates Glasgow is delighted to announce we have received a cheque for £500 from Waitrose Byres Road through their Give a Little Love Campaign. This donation will go […]Continue reading "Waitrose Give a Little Love £500 Donation (Glasgow)"
The Kiltwalk Returns to Glasgow on Sunday 24th April! On Sunday the 24th of April Some of our amazing members and staff members are taking part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk to […]Continue reading "Taking on the Kiltwalk for Dates-n-Mates"
Launch of brand new Dates-n-Mates Stirling and Clackmannanshire! We are delighted to announce that thanks to the Mental Health and Wellbeing funding supplied by Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise and CTSI Alloa, […]Continue reading "Launch of New Branches!"
£195,000 Awarded to Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen, thanks to the National Lottery We are delighted to have been awarded £195,000 from the National Lottery Community Fund, to help Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen grow and […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen National Lottery Boost!"
Glasgow members Kenny Murphy and Karoline Carmichael will be celebrating 2 years together this February. The pair met at a dates-n-mates event shortly before lockdown and have kept their relationship […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Glasgow: Kenny and Karoline Celebrate 2nd Anniversary"
On Sunday 27th October, Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen took part in the Grampian Winter Pride Parade. We celebrated all the way from the top of Union Street right down to the bottom and ended […]Continue reading "Connections with Grampian Pride"
National Director John Paul taking on the dance floor! Club Late Returns! On October the 7th, Scotland’s biggest inclusive Club Night returned! This was a night a lot of our […]Continue reading "Club Late Returns with a Bang!"
We’ve been chosen for #GreenTokenGiving at #AsdaGovan. Vote for us today at https://www.asda.com/green-tokens/store?store=4661 and we could receive £500 from #AsdaFoundation#CommunityContinue reading "Help us win £500!"
What are Love Languages? We all express and receive love differently and understanding those differences can make a serious impact in our relationships (e.g Romantic Relationships, Friendships and Family Members). […]Continue reading "The Five Love Languages"
We did it! Dates-n-Mates Falkirk received a Volunteer Friendly Award recognising the work we do to involve and manage volunteers within our organisation. We couldn’t have done it without the invaluable […]Continue reading "Volunteer Friendly award for Dates-n-Mates Falkirk"
“Working in partnership with Dates-n-Mates has been extremely productive and successful, bringing increased resources and building capacity between two like-minded organisations. The partnership built on the opportunity to develop Club […]Continue reading "Partner Testimonial: Include me 2 Club"
I am very happy for my Daughter to be part of Dates-n-Mates and to have the opportunity to meet new people. She has enjoyed making new friends and forming friendships […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Testimonials: Parent & Support Worker"
Interview with Jess Why did you choose to volunteer with Dates-n-Mates Scotland? I chose to volunteer with Dates-n-Mates as it is a great charity and I wanted to spend some […]Continue reading "Volunteering with Dates-n-Mates: Jess and Clare share their stories"
Dates-n-Mates members are regularly involved in all aspects of our project. Sometimes they participate in recruitment interviews for new staff. In April 2021, a few members worked with Regional Lead, […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates members help with recruitment process"
John Clarke became the new Dates-n-Mates Falkirk Director at the end of 2020. He has shared his thoughts on this new role with us and his experiences with meeting new […]Continue reading "Director Views: John discusses relationships and working with Dates-n-Mates Falkirk"
Covid Scotland: Lockdown love thanks to Dates-n-Mates for Scots with learning disabilities The past year hasn’t quite offered up the romantic opportunities we may have been hoping for – with […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Couples in the Herald Scotland January 2021"
Dates-n-mates Glasgow members Kenny Murphy and Karoline Carmichael are getting ready to celebrate their 1-year relationship anniversary in February. They met at a Dates-n-Mates event, began dating and have now […]Continue reading "Dates-n-mates Glasgow: Kenny and Karoline Relationship Anniversary"
Well, we all did it! We made it through 9 months of restrictions, adapting our services and enjoying online activities in 2020. AND now we have completed our first full […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Scotland 2020 in review"
On Friday 30th October, Dates-n-Mates Scotland held a virtual Halloween Party – It was our biggest virtual event yet! We were joined by members and non-members for a night of […]Continue reading "Virtual Halloween Party 2020 (with video)"
2020 has seen a lot of changes happen especially in the way we are able to socialise with others. Dates-n-Mates have had to adapt and find new ways of bringing […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates launches new online-only membership"
Hello, it is Sarah here. Hope everyone is keeping well. I know this is a very difficult time for us and it is a very chaotic time, especially when it’s […]Continue reading "Director Tips: How to cope during the COVID-19 crisis"
Dates-n-Mates Glasgow Director Andrew McCartney interviewed Aberdeen’s champion Liz Slowey for Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen’s 5th birthday. Loyal member, Liz had some great things to say about dates n mates. #5thbirthday #dnmaberdeenContinue reading "Member Interview: Liz"
This week is Volunteers week (1st -7th June), so we are taking the opportunity to celebrate and thank all of our member and non-member volunteers. We honestly couldn’t do what […]Continue reading "Volunteers Week 1-7 June 2020"
We asked Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen member, Richard, a few quick questions to share his thoughts on lockdown life. How are you feeling during this time of staying at home? The main […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Member Interview: Richard"
The 2nd of April is Autism Awareness Day 2020 so Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen Director, Sarah is chatting with us about her thoughts on her own Autism. How long has it been […]Continue reading "Sarah’s Autism Awareness Interview"
dates-n-mates Aberdeen Director Sarah, has now hosted two anti-stress sensory workshops for our members. At these events, Sarah prepared stations with different sensory and stress relieving activities and items alongside […]Continue reading "Director Top Tips: Sensory Favourites to reduce stress and anxiety"
Dating can be a minefield, so for those of you who are thinking of finding that special someone, here are some tips about how to have a safe and successful […]Continue reading "10 top tips for safe and successful dating"
Good friend’s Liz and Chris are long-standing members of dates-n-mates Aberdeen. They have been members of the project since only a few months after the Aberdeen branch launched in 2015. […]Continue reading "Member Stories: Chris and Liz’s Dates-n-Mates experiences"
The Learning Disability and Autism Leaders list 2019 has been officially announced! Our dates-n-mates Aberdeen Director, Sarah, is one of the leaders! Congratulations! Launched in 2018, by Dimensions UK, the […]Continue reading "Learning Disability and Autism Leader 2019!"
Welcome back to part two of Sarah’s Director stories, don’t forget to check out part one too! Achievements when working for C-Change Sarah says: I have become more confident by […]Continue reading "Director Stories: Sarah shares her challenges & achievements"
Sarah is a director at dates-n-mates Aberdeen. One of the role’s of the Director is an ambassador for the members, as they create a link between them and the other […]Continue reading "Director Stories: Sarah shares some of her tasks"
As you might know, dates-n-mates Aberdeen has linked with Robert Gordon University (RGU) for the last 3 years to organise fundraising events for the project. We have now been officially […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen partners with Robert Gordon University"
Hi, My name is Sarah, I’m 22 years old and I have Autism. I was diagnosed when I was 3 years old when my grandma who worked with children with […]Continue reading "Autism Awareness Day: Sarah’s Story"
On Wednesday 3rd October , I carried out my first Chaperone at a date as one of the Dates-n-Mates Glasgow Directors. I met both dates-n-mates members on their date night […]Continue reading "My first Dates-n-Mates Chaperone Date by Director, John-Paul Moffat"
Dates-n-Mates is delighted to announce that Big Lottery Fund has awarded us £120,000  over the next three years to fund our work as Scotland’s national dating and friendship agency […]Continue reading "Dates-n-Mates Lottery Funding Success!"
Dates-n-Mates Scotland is excited to announce an amazing new partnership with Glasgow’s IncludeMe2Club, bringing together their resources, skills, knowledge and experiences to deliver a new monthly ‘Club LATE’ – an […]Continue reading "Club LATE went monthly in 2018!"
Last year, Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen established a link with Robert Gordon University Event Management students for their final year “Main Event” project. On February 24th, 2018 – a fantastic fundraising event […]Continue reading "Students Fundraising Success for Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen"
We are absolutely delighted to have won two high profile charity awards this June . On Tuesday 13th of June colleagues Sheryl, Stacey, Piotr, Lesley as well as Dates-n-Mates Glasgow […]Continue reading "Double Awards Success for Dates-n-Mates & C-Change"
*** Fundraising Announcement *** Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen can now confirm we have collected a cheque for £200 from ASDA Aberdeen Beach Superstore. ASDA nominated dates-n-mates in to their Green Token fundraising […]Continue reading "ASDA Fundraising Success!"
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded £319,228 from the Big Lottery Fund to run Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen for the next 5 years from 2016 – 2021. This will […]Continue reading "5 Years Funding Success for Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen!"
We were lucky enough to be selected by The National Lottery to have a TV advert produced to show what we do here at Dates-n-Mates and the difference we have […]Continue reading "Watch our National Lottery TV Advert Here"