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.

 

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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

“My son, who has Asperger’s and is highly anxious, first started going to NOCS 4 years ago after a life of much time spent at home, including a prolonged time out of school which left him with very low self-esteem.  After finding NOCS, he is now, quite literally, a different person.  Finding friends of a like mind, a wonderful mentor in Noc and things to do that he really enjoys, he is regularly attending the various activities, a miracle in itself.  Now having so much more confidence, he helps out weekly at the shop, improving his self-esteem immensely. Noc's support has been unwavering and instrumental in helping him to achieve this.”
Miniatures gaming at NOCS
A miniatures gaming session underway