Each branch of Dates-n-Mates (Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Aberdeen and Falkirk) has at least one Director, who is a paid member of staff with lived experience of learning disabilities themselves. Alongside our members, they guide the projects activities and direction, with their ideas, passion and experiences.
The role itself is varied, playing to each individual Director’s strengths, interests and their branch’s local community flair.
Let’s find out more about their roles from the Directors themselves.
Dates-n-mates Scotland National Director
John Paul Moffat
I have been one of the dates-n-mates Scotland Directors for 13 Years, 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 activities 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 compare 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 in dates-n-mates and let our members get even more involved with the project!
Glasgow Director: Holly Millar
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… I like to help members with ways to overcome their stress and anxiety in virtual workshops (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.
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… I was successful.
The biggest thing for me is getting to use zoom and meeting new people from different dates-n-mates branches. As I became the director during lockdown.
I help to organise and attend the activities dates-n-mates hold for members.