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.

 

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:

  • Monday eve – a club for adults geared towards board games, role-play and discussion.
  • Tuesday eve – a club for a mixed age group predominantly card and board games.
  • Wednesday eve – a role-play club for the younger generation.
  • Friday eve – card games (tournaments) aimed at late teens to adults.
  • Saturday – special events held twice a month, all welcome.

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

There is generally a voluntary contribution of £2 per session for the clubs which helps towards costs. 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 4 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 small space currently limits how many people we can support and what we can offer. Hence our growth plans.


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 intends to do more of this. When larger premises permit we hope to be adding a small café area where members can 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’ 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

“Claire first came to NOCS on a pretext. She was extremely shy and on her own. Following this first contact, she started what became a regular ritual of spending her lunchtime in the venue once a week sitting in silence and using strategies to avoid contact.  It emerged that she had learning and social difficulties. For a very long time she would only speak to Noc, but with time and the space that he made available for her to be able to listen and familiarise herself with the venue she gradually grew in confidence. Over time other regulars were introduced to her and conversation structures developed.  Three years later Claire still maintains the weekly routine but now interacts willingly with members, sometimes initiating conversations and humour. She has attended the last two NOCS Christmas Meals.  Claire has become part of the community and has clearly grown in confidence and her ability and enjoyment in socialising.”
Miniatures gaming at NOCS
A miniatures gaming session underway