Our Groups

We currently run a number of social groups throughout the week.

These default very strongly around gaming, as we run our groups around the interests of the members.

They are all somewhat subject to change.

Interested in joining Triple A's groups? Please scroll to the bottom of this page to read our guidance notes.




Monday

Afternoon : 3:00pm-5:00pm

Anime Group

This group chooses anime series to watch, and watches them.
This has led to them bonding over particularly good (and particularly bad!) choices of anime.
We also run a small slot for people to use to do homework before the evening group on Mondays.

Evening : 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Teenage Social Group

This group is for people aged between about 13 and 18.
As with most of our groups, the group members choose what do do themselves.
This is quite frequently playing video games.




Tuesday

Evening : 6:00pm - 8:00pm

General Social group

This is for anyone over the age of 16.
At the moment, though, most of the members are about 20 years old.
It's a very busy group, frequently having ten or more people showing up.
The group chats, plans events and outings.

Evening : 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Adult Group

This group is for people aged over 18.
As with most of our groups, the group members choose what do do themselves.




Wednesday

Four gaming groups run on Wednesdays. At these, people play video games, board games, and roleplaying games.

Afternoon 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Gaming Group

Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Video Games

Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Roleplaying

Thursday

Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Star Wars Role Play Gaming Group

Friday

Afternoon 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Wargaming Group

Games workshop on Schoolhill host the group for some table top War Hammer gaming.

Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Sabers

A slightly informal group in which we duel with "Light sabers" (Fiberglass/plastic, duelling-balanced glowsticks, effectively) . A first aider is on hand for this group.

Saturday

Afternoon 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Creative Group

Work on creative projects – anything from writing to drawing to sculpting. We have some art supplies available, message/email us if you want to find out more.

Afternoon 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Girls Group

A general group for girls aged 13 and up.

Afternoon 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Teenage Group

A general group for 13-18 year olds.

Evening 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Drama Group

Acting using scripts, improv and games.

Sunday

Afternoon 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Cosplay Group

Learn to make cosplays using skills such as wig styling, sewing and more.

Afternoon 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Gaming Group

General gaming. Board games, video games, social games etc.

In addition, we do occasional trips - previously, we have gone to Edinburgh Zoo, and Glasgow Comicon is always popular, but what trips we do depends on what requests we get.

We also have an outdoor group, that does walks, hikes, and potentially camping.

The most important thing about our activities, though, is that it's about what the people coming along want to do. If there's something you are interested in that's not on this list, get in touch anyway, and we can ask other autistic people and find a timeslot for it if there's enough interest.

Drop In's

We are open Monday-Friday, between 12 and 8.

During these hours, members of the Triple A's can drop in if they have a few hours to spare in the day, need to get out of the house, or want to arrange to meet up with some friends. We have a number of games consoles (PS4,PS3, Xbox 1, Xbox, Gamecube) and a catalogue of games. There's also a library of DVDs that are available for people to watch, as well as a limited collection of books for those who prefer to read.

We also have a small collection of board games and a pool table.

Please note that while Triple A's members can drop in any time during our opening hours, groups will have priority on our resources. Evenings are usually going to be busy, so while people are welcome to drop in during the evening, please only do so if you need to!

Any age is welcome to drop in, although those under 12 should be accompanied by a parent. We will have to have had an initial meeting with anyone first, but once we know who you are, you can drop in during our opening times.

Training

We are happy to offer Autism Training for parents, professionals, companies, bystanders, autists...anyone who asks. Alastair tends to prefer a conversational style of training - asking what your situation is, and talking through things, rather than trying to lecture.

Training is free, although donations are gratefully appreciated.

Mentoring

We are available to talk through some of the situations and problems that being autistic can cause. We cannot promise to give solutions to everything, but we can help with some of it, and sometimes, just talking to someone who understands that autism changes how we can interact with our problems can be helpful.

This can take the form of a series of one to one appointments (for an ongoing issue or for help starting something, for example), or asking for an informal chat. Please be aware that we have limited staffing, but we will try to help as much as we can.

Guidance on how to join our groups

The Triple As (Autism Awareness Association) are an Autist led Aberdeen charity set up to provide peer support to a group that is often ignored - those of us who are struggling socially, but do not meet support criteria for other conditions. We are run by Autists, solely for Autists, and have social groups throughout the week. These groups are chosen by the members - both in terms of what groups exist, and what occurs during the groups themselves.

We provide these groups for Autists with low support needs - the goal is to allow people to overcome isolation, practice being social, and learn strategies to deal with the energy costs being social can be for many of us. As part of this, we cannot 'bubblewrap' people, and we are not appropriate for those that need a high degree of individual support. Our groups are about people learning how to form strategies that work for them on their own behalf.

Triple A staff are all autistic - as such, while we don't understand your autism, we do understand the issues autism can cause. While we won't hold your hand, we are here to help, and just like the rest of the group, we've experienced the mistakes that come from adapting to being social.


What Triple A groups are for:

• Reducing isolation for capable autistic people with low support needs
• Learning strategies for dealing with social and sensory issues.
• Being in an environment in which autism is not treated as a stigma.
• Developing the ability to make choices.
• Being able to do all of the above while having fun. Have a look at our group list, and we are always happy to consider new group ideas if there's enough interest from new and current members. So don't feel like if you aren't interested in what we currently do that we aren’t for you.


What Triple A groups are not for:

We are not for everyone, and there are situations we are not the most appropriate charity to address.
• First and foremost, we are not a respite group. Attending our groups is about learning how to deal with social situations, and while we'd like that to be as fun as possible, it's not something easy. It takes energy and personal dedication.
• We are also not a therapy group. If you do have an issue involving your autism, you can certainly have a chat with some of our staff (or arrange an appointment), but it is not the primary purpose of the group. We cannot give advice or solutions for mental health issues.
• We are not appropriate for people with more than limited learning difficulties or learning disabilities. We are working with a number of other charities to try and ensure there are other options available in the near future.
• We are not for non-autistic people. Everyone in the room at our groups are autistic.

We know making that first step to come along can be difficult, so in certain cases we can accommodate a person coming along to with you to your first session. However, they will not be able to join in the group if they are not autistic. We have a separate area for non-autistic people to sit, giving you the security they are there and easily accessible should you feel you need their support.

How do I apply to become a member of the Triple As?

If you'd like more information or to join the Triple As, you can either send an email to Alastair.Meek@triplea.uk.com or send us a message on our Facebook page (https://en-gb.facebook.com/TripleAAberdeen/). We can then arrange an introductory meeting. We do this for a number of reasons:-

• So that our staff can get to know you a bit. It's really important for us to know what you are interested in and concerned by, so we'll want to talk with you about.. well.. you. It's important that this comes from you, so while we appreciate it may be difficult to talk to us in the strange new place, we will want to hear about you.
• So that we can tell you a little about the Triple A‘s and what the groups are like.
• So that you can meet with us and see the building when there aren't lots of other people around.
• So that we can talk to you about any anxieties or conditions that you may have. We'll have to take a note of this, but this will be kept confidential.

After the introductory meeting, if you are interested in joining, we'll have a follow up meeting after you've been attending groups for a few weeks so we can have a quick chat about how things are going for you.

Triple A‘s is not appropriate for everyone so, while I apologise in advance, we may have to say at either the introductory meeting or the follow up meeting that we feel that our groups are not appropriate for you. If after reading this you feel it may be something you are interested in, we look forward to hearing from you.

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