Support, Engage, Train

Triple A is a Cumbrian autism charity based in Penrith. We support autistic adults right across Cumbria to share their experiences, create new friendships and navigate life through our Navigator Programme and Positive Pals. We also support autistic people looking for jobs into employment, and run NHS-funded post-diagnostic courses.

Training Videos

We have worked with some incredible organisations like the University of Cumbria and NHS England to be able to create informative, thought-provoking autism training videos for use in schools, GP surgeries and the Cumbria police.

Duke of Edinburgh's Award

It’s about going the extra mile ­– learning new skills for work and life, getting fitter, helping others, and exploring the countryside. We have tailored this autism-specific Duke of Edinburgh course to enable autistic young people in Cumbria to achieve their bronze award, through fun and challenging activities to help develop social and practical skills.



The Navigator Programme was devised as a result of listening to the issues and challenges faced by many autistic  individuals in Cumbria. A Navigator is a hybrid of mentor, befriender and is matched with an autistic adult. The aim is to steer and support individuals towards a safe and positive life; building on strengths and navigating a path towards identified goals.

Positive Pals

Positive Pals is a safe and supportive space for autistic adults to meet, socialise and share their experiences. Positive Pals operates in groups across Cumbria. We currently run Positive Pals groups in Penrith, Carlisle, Whitehaven, Maryport, Kendal and Barrow.

Discover Your Autism

Our specially designed Discovery Panels are peer-led courses that give newly-diagnosed autistic adults in Cumbria the opportunity to learn more about what autism means from a lived perspective, and about their own autism and to discuss and share coping strategies.

Awareness Training

Autism awareness training is an important part of Triple A’s offerings. We provide tailor-made courses about autism for individuals, groups, employers, NHS staff and other professionals across Cumbria. Our autistic co-facilitators are involved in developing and delivering all our training, offering authenticity and lived insight to all our autism training.

Apply for an Autism Alert Card

Start your application for an Cumbria autism alert card today.


Hear from some of our service users, parents and trainees.

“I have been the only person consistently there for my son. It is just exhausting to feel alone. Thank you for being there – makes all the difference.”
Family Member

“I cannot tell you what a relief this has been to me after feeling alone for so long. Just thinking there is someone there, they can help, they know what they’re doing, they understand; it’s just incredible.”
Positive Pal

“Very informative. Changed my views on what autism means and this session has given me a really good insight into what an individual with autism feels and goes through and should I come across someone with autism, how I can communicate with them.”
Course Attendee

“Really enjoyed the training. Extremely knowledgeable trainers – approachable and easy to ask questions – especially the co-facilitator who said he would not get offended by any questions and made us feel at ease. Made sure we could relate to it at our jobs, which was very useful. Love the saying, “Nothing about us without us”. Will be using the and spreading the word.”
Course Attendee