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

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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

Quiz night at Nelson’s Cheese & Ale House

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There was a great turnout when Nelson’s Cheese & Ale House in Blandford held their first ever Charity Quiz Night, with NOCS as their chosen charity.  The teams battled the killer questions and obscure music clues, and there was plenty of delicious food and drink. The team of NOCS Trustees (aka NOCS Numpties) fared badly  – blaming it on the era of the music questions. The evening was such a huge success that Nelson’s is repeating it in October – again for NOCS.

Thanks to the great team at Nelson’s for supporting NOCS.

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