dates-n-mates Directors

Dates-n-Mates Directors

Dates-n-Mates Directors have a lived experience of learning disability and influence the direction of the organisation.

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Dates-n-Mates Scotland National Director:
John Paul Moffat

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I have been one of the Dates-n-Mates Scotland Directors for 15 years (since 2008), firstly as one of the Glasgow Directors before becoming the National Director.

What I love about being part of Dates-n-Mates is telling the history, representing them at award ceremonies and conferences but most importantly seeing our Dates-n-Mates members connect with each other and giving them the confidence to strive in life.

My tasks can be varied, as I may be asked to help my colleagues in the different areas from attending events or doing an information stand or presentation. Or being interviewed about Dates-n-Mates Scotland for news articles and press

Glasgow & Renfrewshire Director:
Andrew McCartney

I’ve been a Director since 2018.

My favourite thing to do in Dates-n-Mates is being a host and compere for some of the events. One of my regular tasks is interacting with members of Dates-n-Mates, which I like doing.

The Dates-n-Mates Direct podcast was an idea I had to let everyone know what’s going on, share our thoughts and let our members get even more involved with the project.

Aberdeen Director: Sarah Paterson

I have been the director of Dates-n-Mates Aberdeen since 2015.

I enjoy having a laugh and chatting with the members.

I create presentations and workshops. I like to help members with ways to overcome their stress and anxiety (especially after lockdown).

I enjoy being part of an amazing team where I have an opportunity to suggest ideas that would be good for our members and the project. 

* Currently on maternity leave

Aberdeen Director: Katrina Duncan

I have been a Dates-n-Mates member since 2021 and became Director in July 2023.

My role at Dates-n-Mates can differ but includes hosting events and helping the members when they need help, even if it’s just telling them where things are and going up to the bar with them if they feel less confident.

Falkirk Director: John Clarke

I have been a Director of Dates-n-mates Falkirk since 2020. I was a member then the job of Director came up.

The biggest thing I’ve enjoyed for me is getting to use zoom and meeting new people from different Dates-n-Mates branches during lockdown.

I help to organise and attend the activities Dates-n-Mates host for members.

Dates-n-Mates Direct Podcast

Friendly conversations with direct experiences and opinions from people with learning disabilities brought to you by Dates-n-Mates Directors.

Co-Hosted by Andrew, John Paul, Sarah, John and Holly. Each episode is entirely led by people with a learning disability to share their views and experiences in their own way.

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Dates-n-Mates is Scotland’s national dating and friendship charity run by and for adults with learning disabilities.

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