Clubs and Activities

Gamers looking to drop in,  join a game or tournament are advised to ring first on 01258 480218, or check Noc’s Box Facebook page before making a journey as games can vary week to week.

There’s always a warm friendly welcome for new people wanting to attend our  clubs. If the thought of coming along feels daunting, let us know and we’ll do our very best to help. Sometimes coming with a family member or friend can help.

All of our volunteers have successfully completed Level 2 safeguarding training.  The GM (Noc) and Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) have successfully completed Level 3 Safeguarding training.  You can download our Safeguarding Policy here.

 

Click here to watch Noc explain why he set up Noc’s Box»

 

Below is a general picture of NOCS’ activities.


A range of weekly clubs open to all.

A typical week is:

  • Drop in Tuesday – Saturday for gaming, painting, modelling, chatting, learning new games etc…
  • Wednesday 4-6pm – After School D&D a role-play club for the younger generation.
  • Wednesday 6:30-10pm – 16+ Gaming
  • Thursday 4-8pm – Gaming for All
  • Saturday 1-5pm – Group Gaming, all welcome.

Several of the groups have a relatively high representation of members with ASD or other needs.

There is no charge for the clubs but if you want to help toward costs there is a charity collection box.  Alternatively  you are welcome to donate through our Just Giving link. We aim to ensure that no one is unable to attend through an inability to pay. Events, such as tournaments, are charged as reasonably as possible to cover costs of materials.


A well-attended drop-in centre

Currently open 5 days a week, with facilities to socialise and develop friendships, and where information can be accessed on local services and support with job seeking. There is always someone there to talk or enjoy games with, or simply build and paint your models.

Our new space currently allows us to support a larger range of people and activities we can offer thanks to the support of the National Lottery Community Fund, The Alice Ellen Cooper Dean, The Valentine Trust, The Casey Trust and others


Volunteering and employment opportunities

Several of our people work as volunteers at the drop-in and Noc’s Box has offered some paid employment in the past. NOCS Charity intends to do more of this. Now that we have larger premises we are thrilled to be able to offer more volunteering opportunities.  One day when larger premises permit we hope to be adding a small café area where members can also volunteer.


Outreach work in the community

There is a substantial need and demand for our services, especially in our rural area and at a time of widespread service cuts. Current resources severely limit our ability to offer much-needed outreach. Our plan is to do more of this as funds permit, initially by building on our relationships with local schools and as a potential provider of day services to the community.


Research

Perhaps surprisingly, no research has been undertaken into the link between games playing and the development of social skills among those with ASD and associated difficulties, although it is well known anecdotally that games tend to appeal to this community.  We have seen the benefits clearly and repeatedly, and one of NOCS Charity’s objectives is to promote systematic research into the benefits of gaming for those with social needs. We hope to develop a model of how this link operates that can be replicated by other supporters in this field.

Anyone interested in supporting this research is invited to get in touch.

Support NOCS

We are looking for people to help with:

Planning and running local fundraising events.

Marketing and PR

Researching funders and preparing bids.

If you have any time spare to help NOCS grow and support more people please contact us now

Testimonials

“Harry was introduced to the shop by an able relative.  He was a long term NEET, with a range of registered difficulties, including learning and social skills.  He relied on his family for security and acceptance, having very few successful friendships.  He was not happy and had great difficulty in interacting with anyone without causing upset, intruding on personal boundaries and space, or being demeaning. It took some time to help him to accept that there are rules for behaviour when in NOCS, but with patience and the consistency of guidance from Noc and the other members, he started to develop a much more positive approach. Noc took Harry through development of one-to-one games, modelling how to handle losing a  game, gamesmanship etc…  He also made a point of reading out the rules for conduct at the beginning of any tournaments, or times when there may have been increased excitement, as part of the development for Harry. Harry gradually began to build relationships that were positive and became part of the NOCS community, gradually needing the presence of his family less and less.  Now Harry has secured a job, coped with moving away from family and developed his own transport, and is generally much more independent.  He no longer needs NOCS but still drops in from time to time.”
Miniatures gaming at NOCS
A miniatures gaming session underway