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Dates-n-Mates: Scotland's national dating and friendship agency blogs about their work

27 September 2018

This blog from Janie Waddell, talks about the organisation Dates-n-Mates and what this can offer with and for people with learning disabilities


Dates n Mates logoDates-n-mates is Scotland’s national dating and friendship agency, run for and by, people with learning disabilities.

We run around 8-10 social events a month, including pub nights, bowling afternoons, mix-n-mingle nights, lunches, snooker nights, karaoke, club nights, ladies pamper days, confidence training workshops, seasonal discos and much much more!

To find out more information, check out our website at, or look for us on facebook at;/dates-n-mates.

It’s great way to meet new people, make new friends and maybe even find love!

We’ve had quite a few engagements over the years, but no weddings…….YET!

Dates-n-mates helps people to feel less isolated and gives them a much need social life that the rest of us take for granted.

And if you’re feeling a bit unconfident, we have several members who are “Friendly Faces”, which means if they see someone sitting on their own at an event, they will chat to them and introduce them to other members, so they soon feel part of the group!

Why not give us a try, and come along to one of our open events, which are open to non-members? Our next one is our popular Halloween Party at The Pearce Institute on Wednesday 31st October at 7pm – 10pm. We have a disco, games, prizes for best costume and much more!

If you can’t manage that, then we are having a Christmas disco at The Grand Ole Opry on Thursday 13th December at 7pm, with live entertainment, food and lots of Christmas fun!

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