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Dates n’ Mates – Jackie’s story

Jackie has been a member of the dates-n-mates project for a few years now and said that being a member has “changed her life”.

Like many individuals living with a learning disability, Jackie spent a lot of time at home or with family.  As Jackie has made new friendships through the project and built new connections, Jackie says that she is “out a lot more”. Jackie really enjoys going to the different events, spending time with friends and particularly attending the inclusive club night LATE. Jackie also has fun attending dating events such as speed-dating and ‘mix n mingle’.

As the project is for members, of members having input from members is vital to sustainability. This is gathered through various of ways and for Jackie, her valuable input is given through our regular members only Coffee and Cake Committee. At these meetings members share their likes, dislikes of recent events and  also their wishes for the future.

In addition to this, Jackie is also a member of dates-n-mates advisory group- a smaller focus group of around 8 individuals which provides governance and is made up of  members, family members and some of the long-time supporters behind the project and of individuals living with a learning disability. Jackie believes it is really important to contribute this way for herself and also to represent the views of other members.  Jackie says that doing this has given her “increased confidence”. This was demonstrated recently as Jackie appeared last month on STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show ‘ to talk about being a member and the then upcoming Valentines ball. Although initially nervous to being ‘on screen ‘ Jackie was excited to be interviewed alongside honorary member and director of dates-n-mates, John-Paul and events co-coordinator Stacey.

Jackie regularly talks of how becoming a member has had a positive impact on her life not only by giving Jackie her own network of friends but developing her life skills through increased confidence and ability to talk to new people with great ease and feels comfortable to go new places and experience new things independently.

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