Official opening for Triple A Project’s new base in Penrith
Cake and Coffee welcomed guests to the official opening of the Triple A Project’s new premises at Corney Square in Penrith on Tuesday 20 February 2018. The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new premises was performed by Helen’s Grandson Jayden Healey (aged 9), who is the inspiration behind the Triple A Project.
The Triple A Project, provides support for those with living autism and awareness-raising training sessions for professionals in Cumbria. The move to Corney Square is the next phase in the organisation’s development which was founded and is managed by Helen Storey, from Temple Sowerby.
Helen said: "The opening event has been organised to say a huge thank you to those who have supported, sponsored and encouraged us along the way. Without this backing, Triple A could not have achieved as much as it has in such a short time."
Triple A wanted to thank Eden District Council, who own the Corney Square building, for not only making the premises available, but for making sure the décor and refurbishment met the specifications to create an autism-friendly environment.
Eden District Council's Commercial Services Portfolio Holder, Councillor Mike Slee, said: "I'm delighted that Eden District Council has been able to help the Triple A project find a highly visible premises in Penrith. The Council has worked with Helen to ensure the renovations of the building are carried out to the benefit of the those who will be the regular users of the services that will be provided. Simple things such as the colour of the paint and carpets can make a real difference to those with Autism and through working with Helen we feel we have been able to create a comfortable, welcoming and fit for purpose building.
“The lease of the building to the Triple A Project and the lease to the Eden Valley Artistic Network next door, who run the vibrant Gallery and Studios have seen an area of town brought back to life and met the needs of the local community and as a Council we couldn’t be happier with these two tenants.”
Penrith Town Council have provided a grant to help develop the space. Francis C. Scott Charitable Trust and Carlisle and Eden Community Safety Partnership provided grants towards core activity.
Through the Innovative Project Scheme, Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner awarded crucial funds towards delivery of activities to support adults and young people on the autism spectrum.
The aims of Triple A are to empower autistic individuals to realise their full potential by providing a practical approach; to walk alongside people to build understanding, acceptance, respect and to open others’ eyes to the potential within the autism community.
Helen said: “The Triple A Team are putting together a programme of support groups, training, workshops and events. To find out more, visit the website’s news pages at www.tripleaproject.org.uk, or pop down and check out the window display at Triple A’s new HQ.”