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SpLinterZone Gaming Cafe Northumberland

Funded on Spacehive 22 November 2022

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

SpLinterZone Gaming Cafe Northumberland

SpLinterZone Gaming Cafe Northumberland

Waffling On By Waffling On

SpLinterZone is a pop-up accessible gaming space with waffle cafe, run by and for autistic and neurodivergent people. It will offer digital, inclusive fun while raising awareness in the community.

Manor Walks Shopping Centre Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 22 Nov 2022!

The project creates a pop-up space in a retail setting, to encourage neurodivergent and autistic young people and their families to socialise through gaming and digital projects. Gaming sessions and the Waffling On cafe will be run by autistic / neurodivergent team members with support where needed. The gaming and waffle-making equipment can also be transported in a trailer to set up pop-up events in village halls and community centres around Northumberland. Members of the team will engage with local communities, with quizzes and fun activities that focus on improved awareness of autism and neurodiversity. The team also takes a lead in Northumberland for the national Safe Places scheme ( and will recruit new Safe Place venues across Northumberland. The project is a social enterprise that we hope will lead to paid work. We will rent premises, buy additional gaming equipment, upgrade the Waffling On trailer, and cover transport and volunteer costs.

What we'll deliver:

  • Pop-up gaming cafe premises in a central location in Northumberland
  • Range of gaming equipment for gaming events / conventions
  • Upgraded waffle trailer to enable sessions in rural settings
  • Upgraded waffle-making equipment
  • Safe Place accredited venues across Northumberland
  • A team of trained and supported neurodivergent young people running the project

Why it's a great idea:

This project promotes gaming as a social and accessible activity rather than an isolating and solitary experience. As well as being based at a central location in Northumberland it enables people who live more remotely to take part within their own communities. The young people in the delivery team have lived experience of neurodivergence and autism and are ready to promote positive messages and offer insights and support to customers. They can train and support local venues to join the Safe Places scheme as part of their 'roadshow' delivery approach and all this helps reduce prejudice and promote local community safety. They also have considerable skills in IT, design, customer services, cooking and food hygiene, yet most lack employment, so the project improves their prospects and those of others by becoming established as a social enterprise. The team can help induct new members to the SpLinter Group and its wider range of support and activities and encourage future resilience.

Steps to get it done:

  • Establish pop-up premises
  • Run gaming cafe events
  • Get trailer on the road to support up to 5 village hall events

Re arts and culture, the Waffling On Team is keen to see gaming and digital activities more recognised in the arts and culture arena and they are working on producing their own awareness raising video game to demonstrate the creativity involved.

Location Manor Walks Shopping Centre

About the space

Custom Location


Northumberland Council

How will the money be spent?Total £7,704

Retail premises rental 6 months plus one month popup trial space - £4,600 (60%)
Additional gaming equipment - VR setup and PlayStation 5 bundle - £1,159 (15%)
Community venue hire costs, 12 at ave £60 - £720 (9%)
Waffle making equipment - bain marie trays x 4 and replacement gas water boiler for trailer - £336 (4%)
Vintage gaming equipment - £200 (3%)
Trailer upgrade to make weatherproof and safety checked - £180 (2%)
Other - £510 (7%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Retail premises rental 6 months plus one month popup trial space
Additional gaming equipment - VR setup and PlayStation 5 bundle
Community venue hire costs, 12 at ave £60
Waffle making equipment - bain marie trays x 4 and replacement gas water boiler for trailer
Vintage gaming equipment
Trailer upgrade to make weatherproof and safety checked
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  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Extend the length of the lease
  • New generator for waffle trailer

Total £7,704

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.
  • Assisting to run the waffle trailer
  • Gaming events assistant
  • Gaming equipment and games
  • Support volunteer
  • Office equipment

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