Triple As in the city centre provides activities and meetings for teenagers with autism run by fellow self called “autists” to encourage peer support and volunteering.
As part of Big Lottery Funding of £250million throughout Scotland the Aberdeen group were successful in their application for a cash boost toward their social activities including gaming, photography and drama for young people on the autistic spectrum.
Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said: “Supporting teenagers with autism to socialise in a setting that they are comfortable and feel welcome in is so important for their development and well-being. It is fantastic that Big Lottery Fund have recognised the work of Triple A to make Aberdeen even more inclusive for young people on the autistic spectrum and are supporting their efforts to continue.
“Our city centre is a diverse place, but what makes it a great place to live are the people and organisations working for our community. I hope other groups take inspiration from Triple A and see what funding is available out there.”
Mark McDonald MSP for Aberdeen Donside said: “I am thrilled that Triple As has received this generous grant from Big Lottery Funding, especially since the disappointing news earlier this year that Aberdeen City Council had failed to fund or replace the previous One Stop Shop centre they operated from. The young people in this group are admirable for the way they support each other and have created a welcoming atmosphere for teenagers who may need it.
“I have been in close contact with Triple A over the summer and have been proud to see the resilience they have and determination to keep their support group going. Big Lottery Funding was among a list of grant applications I recommended they look into, so I am pleased to see they have been successful. They have been given a great boost by this funding and I hope it encourages them and others on the autistic spectrum to grow and continue reaching out across Aberdeen.”