NOCS - New Opportunities for Community and Support

NOCS - New Opportunities for Community and Support

At a glance


  • Children / families
  • Counselling / advice
  • Local / community
  • Mental health
  • Social care
  • Young people

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NOCS is an exciting young charity that has evolved from Noc's Box, a highly successful games workshop and drop-in centre located in Blandford. Noc's Box ('the shop') has been going for 4 years. We gained charitable status in 2017. We have been working hard during 2018 to raise the funds to move to larger premises with support from fantastic volunteer.

Our fundraising is bearing fruit and the resulting book keeping and accounts requirements exceed our  financial skills and knowledge, so we are looking for support in that area as well as with our digital and print communications.    

More information about NOCS and two short videos about NOCS can be found on our website at

Our games clubs are open to all and offer particular support to those with high levels of social anxiety, particularly be due to Asperger syndrome or mental ill-health, and who experience difficulties with social interaction. Some struggle even to leave their homes.

Ours is a traditionally under-funded and hard-to-reach population who experience significant levels of social and economic exclusion  Our catchment area is Dorset and our facilities are open to everyone from the age of 10 upwards. We currently have about 100+ people a week attend our various clubs or the drop-in. They are a cheerful, fun-loving, quirky bunch of people.

We are fully inclusive and the presence of a wide range of people with shared interests in the games helps members to operate in a supportive community, including those with and without specific social interaction needs.

I'm delighted to be the first Chair of NOCS charity. I became involved when I saw the amazing changes that joining Nocs Box's  games clubs made to my nephew's life. He has Asperger's and life is a mega-challenge for him, especially meeting and engaging socially with people, which causes him massive anxieties. Meeting other parents, carers and the friends of Noc's Box members I heard so many other stories of life-changing improvements in members' social and life skills achieved through gaming - some even moving into employment for the first time - all achieved whilst thoroughly enjoying themselves. We just had to share this experience with more people, so we have set up NOCS charity.

We have an experienced and enthusiastic core team of Trustees and we are generating the funds to move forward with our growth pans, but we need some hands-on professional input in areas such as book keeping and accounts and improving our digital presence.  Our Business Plan describes our history and our aims in detail and we will be happy to share this with you if working with us appeals to you.

We want to expand our services and help more people. More about how we operate is given below.


NOCS charity currently provides support In day-to-day terms through:

A. Structured opportunities to develop social and communication skills through the medium of (special) games in a range of weekly clubs. A typical week includes:

  • Monday eve: for adults, geared towards board games, role-play and discussion.
  • Tuesday eve: for mixed age group, predominantly card and board games.
  • Wednesday eve: 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.

B.  A (small) drop-in centre with facilities to socialise and develop friendships, and from which to access information on local services and support with job seeking.

C.  Volunteering opportunities: Several of our people work as volunteers at the drop-in centre and we have offered some employment in the past when funds permitted. We hope to do more of this.

D. Outreach work in the community. We plan to do more of this.

No current opportunities

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