June 2019 Update

June marked 4 years since dates-n-mates launched in Aberdeen – it’s wonderful celebrating another year of the project!

Fortunately, despite the rainy weather we have had this June, we were lucky enough to dodge most of it and have had a fun month of events and activities.

Kiltwalk Aberdeen

You will have seen from our previous month’s updates we were preparing to take part in our first ever Kiltwalk!

A group of us gathered to participate in the Wee Wander 5+ mile walk. The team included dates-n-mates’ members, C-Change staff and our National dates-n-mates Scotland Director John Paul came all the way from Glasgow to join in with us.

The day began with rain but quickly cleared up once we began walking and we had sunshine the rest of the day. It was a lovely walk along the old railway line walkway from Camphill to Duthie park in Aberdeen. It was a fantastic atmosphere on the day, and we had a lot of fun!

Members did an amazing job fundraising for us, so far raising over £700. We are still collecting some funds and the Kiltwalk adds on a further 40%, so we will announce our final total in a couple of months.

We would like to say a very big thank you to everyone who took part or donated. We really appreciate your support and were pleased to see members have fun in the process. We plan to do more fundraising later in the year!

Bowling

We went to Codonas for an afternoon of bowling with members. This was popular as usual, and we had a great afternoon. Members have said they can’t wait to go bowling again soon.

Meet & Mingle Disco

Our dating disco was held at the popular venue, Cotton Club. Member’s had a great night of mingling and dancing, then for the last half hour we decided to do some karaoke too!

4th Anniversary Party

Dates-n-mates Aberdeen turned 4 this month! We were delighted to see members and dates-n-mates’ supporters, along with some from Glasgow, join us for an evening of celebrations at Copthorne Hotel. Our evening began with close up table magic performed by magicians from Allans Magic, then our 2-course meal followed by a disco and raffle.

Between courses we had an awards ceremony. We presented certificates to those that participated in the Kiltwalk and awarded our member Marie with a prize for raising the most sponsorship money. We also took the opportunity to thank members; Chris, Liz and Joan for attending the most events over the last 4 years.

We would like to thank the following companies for the amazing prizes they donated towards our raffle for this event: Aberdeen Performing Arts, Bravissimo, Copthorne Hotel, Flash Photography, Foodstory and Transition Extreme. We would also like to thank the venue staff, magicians and DJ for a fantastic night!

Ellon Day Out

Our bi-monthly Aberdeenshire trip was out in Ellon, a place many members on the trip had never been to before – exploring a new place is always a fun adventure, isn’t it?

We had lunch at the New Inn then spent the rest of the afternoon browsing round shops in the town and treating ourselves to a few nice things. Some members had not met each other before this day so it was nice to see new connections being made and friendships forming.

Other news…

  • We interviewed a new potential volunteer, with another lined up for next month
  • Invites for our July & August events were sent out to members
  • We celebrated our fabulous admin officer, Michelle’s 30th Birthday with some cake in the office.
  • Our Director Sarah appeared on That’s TV to talk about celebrating our 4th anniversary – You can see a short clip of the video on our Facebook page

Now roll on more fun in July! We have our fabulous afternoon tea event planned at the end of the month – stay tuned for the next update!