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quietections conn over 1 in 10 people feel socially anxious and 2 in 5 people consider themselves to be shy.


o many of us just feel awkward in social situations and think badly of ourselves for it, believing we’re defective in some way or not good enough. Quiet Connections is here to change that and reframe what it means to be ‘quiet’. They believe that we’d all feel less weird and alone if everyone were more honest and open about how they feel. That’s why they’re making it part of their mission to talk about the quiet stuff that still seems a little taboo. The Falmouth Connections group brings like-minded people together in a community of understanding. Meeting once a month at Huddle Cafe, they use tea, space and creativity to gently connect people facing similar challenges and anxieties, and provide a safe place to practice social abilities. inFalmouth

The group also encourages creatively exploring and expressing thoughts and feelings through arts and crafts. They’ve recently been working on a project for an upcoming exhibition at the Museum of Cornish Life in Helston called ‘I Was, I Am, I Will Be’ – using art and creativity to share experiences of those within our community and increase awareness of how common it is to feel this way. Joining the group to quietly observe is welcomed as a first step – they recognise that this is a big achievement for some people. This is a space in which it’s ok to talk and it’s ok to be quiet too. Falmouth Connections is open to people of all ages and runs every third Thursday of the month. You’ll be welcomed by Community Connectors Sophie Cowles and Gracie Sodzi. Please contact our Community Coordinator Stacie Clark if you have any questions or would like to be connected with someone before joining to ease any anxieties about attending: For more information visit