Sarah draws on personal experience to help adults living with learning disabilities and autism form friendships and find love.
Dates-n-mates Aberdeen is part of Scotland’s first dating and friendship agency run by and for people with learning disabilities. Under C-Change Scotland – an organisation supporting people with additional needs – dates-n-mates helps its members create meaningful friendships and relationships.
As the Director of dates-n-mates Aberdeen, Sarah is very open about her personal experiences.
Having been diagnosed with autism at an early age, Sarah found it difficult to express her emotions and communicate. As a result, she felt excluded at school and began to suffer from mental health conditions including anxiety and depression.
“I was never able to express my emotions or communicated properly. I was never comfortable around groups of people because I was never used to it before, I didn’t know how to communicate or include myself in conversations and activities with people.”
Sarah says, “I enjoy being focused on the members’ needs and finding out what kind of help and support they need. Putting a smile on their face is always fun!”
“Sarah is a fantastic role model,” says Louise McEwan, Project Development Coordinator at dates-n-mates Aberdeen.
“She really deserves some recognition as she does wonderful things for the dates-n-mates members to ensure everyone with learning disabilities and autism feels included.”
“I think it’s a highly creative idea that will benefit many people. I hope her confidence improves because she is taking great steps forward to make people’s lives better.” – Leaders’ List 2019 Judge