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

a group playing card game at NOCS

NOCS Works!

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…

A unique service for Dorset

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 successes

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›

Support us

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›

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Latest News

July’s Pick of the Month – Forbidden Island

We all want to go on exotic trips right around now, but that requires so much time, money and effort (and let’s not mention the current circumstances!). So this summer we’re deciding to take a trip down to NOCS and pick up something just as exciting, without all the hassle of course and that’s… Forbidden Island!

Forbidden Island is a 2-4 co-cop (Cooperative) game about gathering long lost treasures and returning safely back to civilisation with said treasure. The best part about Forbidden Island is how fast you can set it up and also the speed that you can learn all the rules, not to mention the replay value since every island is bound to be different!

Each member of the team has their own role chosen at randomly out of the 6 at the start of the game, they also have their own special abilities! The roles are:

  • Explorer – May also move diagonally
  • Navigator – May move other players up to 2 adjacent tiles per action.
  • Pilot – May move to any tile once per turn for 1 action.
  • Engineer – May shore up 2 tiles for 1 action.
  • Diver – May move through one or more adjacent missing and/or flooded tiles for 1 action.
  • Messenger – May give cards without having to be on the same tile.

So work together team and be sure to collect all four of the treasures before the island sinks, otherwise you lose! You must collect:

  • The Earth Stone
  • The Statue of the Wind
  • The Crystal of Fire
  • The Ocean’s Chalice

…Before heading back to ‘The Fool’s Landing’ and getting on your helicopter ride home!

Forbidden Island is a fantastic gateway game into board gaming. Fun and easy to play for beginners whilst also being able to up the difficulty for more experienced players! It is also filled with awesome illustrations to really give that unexplored island feeling.

Are island getaways just not your thing? What about Forbidden Desert or even Forbidden Sky! Both with similar rules, but this time with more great places to explore and even more adventure roles with new abilities to shake it up a bit.

So what are you waiting for? Get exploring!

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