Welcome to NOCS
NOCS provides support, development opportunities and fun for people with high levels of social anxiety and difficulties with social interaction, particularly due to autism spectrum disorder (ASD), such as Asperger’s, or mental health challenges.
There are very few support services available for people with these difficulties, many of whom may struggle even to leave their homes and become socially and economically isolated.
Through our games clubs, drop-in centre and volunteering opportunities, members are supported to form lasting friendships, gain confidence and develop their social and practical skills in a safe, secure and happy environment.
NOCS is fully inclusive and the presence of a wide range of gamers with shared interests helps us all to operate in a supportive community, including those with and without specific social interaction needs. It’s important to us that NOCS has a wide appeal whilst targeting particular support to those with specific social needs.
Membership is free and open to everyone from the age of 10+. Based in Blandford Forum our catchment area is Dorset. For more info about our organisation click here
My son is in his mid-20s, has Aspergers, huge anxieties and low self-esteem. He first started going to NOCS 4 years ago after a prolonged period out of school and a life spent mainly at home. After finding NOCS he is now, quite literally, a different person…
What we do
We use games clubs and friendship to reduce social isolation and help develop social skills for people with anxiety and communication difficulties. Read more›
Why it’s needed
Ours is a traditionally under-funded and hard-to-reach community who experience life-long difficulties and significant social and economic exclusion. Read more›
Our success is evident in the lives of those who have benefited so clearly from the social relationships, skills and activities that NOCS offers. Read more›
As a new registered charity there are many ways you can help us. Your support will make a real difference to our community. Read more›
June’s Pick of the Month – Carcassonne
As the hot weather rolls in we need some games that are easy to pick up and play for all. That’s why this month we’ve chosen Carcassonne! (more…)