John Paul celebrates 15 years working with Dates-n-Mates

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 as Director right at the beginning of this journey.

15 years later…

John Paul continues to be an amazing colleague and is now National Director for Dates-n-Mates Scotland.

Anyone who has met John Paul will know how committed and passionate he is about the work we do at Dates-n-Mates. He supports all of our branches, teams and members to ensure Dates-n-Mates continues to go from strength to strength.

To celebrate this milestone work anniversary, we asked some of his colleagues to share their thoughts and messages.

John Paul is an asset to Dates-n-Mates and it’s been wonderful to see him grow into an inspiring Leader and taking on the role as National Director. It’s a pleasure to work alongside him as he always has a smile on his face and his networking skills are amazing, he has taught me much during our time working together. Congratulations on 15 years at Dates-n-Mates John Paul!
Fiona Kyle
Scotland Lead
Big thanks to John Paul over the 2 years of me being the director for all of the help and support. And thank you for making the journey through from Glasgow to events in Falkirk Stirling and Clackmannanshire. And helping to host or to tell members about Dates-n-Mates. And also thank you for messaging me outside of work to check on me to ask how I am - it is really good.
John Clarke
Falkirk, Stirling, Clackmannanshire Director
John Paul's enthusiasm and passion for Dates-n-Mates is infectious! It's clear that he cares deeply for the organisation and its members. He's a ray of light at any event and brings such positivity to the group. He's always ready and willing to help and I feel very lucky to be part of his team!
Lindsay Daniels
Falkirk Events Planner
What I love about JP is his positivity! He is NEVER in a bad mood. He is one of the few people I know who is genuinely very happy and contented in his life. I have worked with him now for 5 years, and I have never seen him down, negative or depressed. He always has a smile on his face and is always happy to help out. He is also an amazing networker, and knows people from literally EVERYWHERE! Everyone has heard of John Paul and he is great at developing and maintaining these relationships with others. A lovely man and a pleasure to work with!
Janie Waddell
West of Scotland Regional Lead
I am amazed how dedicated John Paul is to Dates-n-Mates and to helping improve the life's of adults with learning disabilities across Scotland. I admire him for his work.
Ryan Johnson
Aberdeen Events Planner
I've only worked with John Paul for a year within his 15 year stretch at Dates-n-Mates, the times where we have worked together we've always had such great chats, he makes you feel so comfortable, like you're spending time with someone you've known forever! I feel like I've known him for so much longer than a year. He always remembers everyone's names, all of our members through in Stirling & Clacks. He's full of chat and remembers little details you've told him previously, always checking in on your family, pets and life. We went to TRNSMT together last year with members and it was such a great day with the sun shining, dancing and singing along to great tunes with great company! We are all really lucky to work alongside him, here's to 15 more years.
Kerry Deegan
Stirling & Clackmanannshire Event Planner
I have worked with Johnpaul for just over a year now and I can say he is the most welcoming, warmest and smiliest person I have met. He is always so supportive and a super hard worker, he has become more than just a colleague.. he is a great friend.
Rebecca Wilson
Glasgow Event Planner
John Paul is a fantastic person to work alongside. He is so passionate about what we do at Dates-n-Mates which shines through in everything he does. All of our members and colleagues love when he comes up to Aberdeen to help at our events and he gets along with everyone. John Paul, you should be very proud of everything you have achieved over the last 15 years and everything you have helped the rest of us to achieve too. Dates-n-Mates wouldn’t be the same without you!
Louise McEwan
Aberdeen Regional Lead
John Paul is such an amazing person to work with. He always has a positive outlook on things and his drive and passion for what he does is truly inspiring. I am always pleased when I get the opportunity to go to an event or conference with John Paul as he is always the most popular person in the room and I don't think there is anyone he doesn't know! From the moment I started working at Dates-n-Mates John Paul made me feel like part of the team straight away and has been so supportive. Dates-n-Mates couldn't ask for a better National Director!!
Mairi McNiven
West of Scotland Event Coordinator

Thank you for all of your hard work John Paul and congratulations on 15 years as a Director!

Love, friendship and everything in between, Dates-n-Mates Scotland is turning Fifteen!  

#15yearsofloveandfriendship #DnM15birthday #DatesnMates

Keep an eye out on our website and social media from the 1st of June for the start of a year long celebration of Dates-n-Mates Scotland’s 15th birthday!

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