The White T-Shirt Campaign by Gracie Sodzi

The White T-Shirt Campaign: Why we’re talking about mental health

Today is World Mental Health Day and we’re getting behind fellow social entrepreneur and lovely new friend of QC, Gracie Sodzi and her White T-Shirt Campaign launched to raise awareness of mental health issues and to promote positive well-being; inspiring, motivating and encouraging through the sharing of stories. Find out more about Gracie and her mission over […]

Quiet Connections Social Gatherings

What happens when you join a Quiet Connections social gathering?

Social gatherings can seem endlessly daunting, and it can often feel as though the safest option is to gracefully bow out and avoid such situations. I know this because I have done it countless times, and I know I probably will do it at least a few more times in my life. We often feel […]

Social entrepreneurship: my unique perspective [Cornwall Business Fair video]

Last week, I spoke at Cornwall Business Fair alongside Sally Heard, CEO from Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), and Ian Curnow from Konnect Cornwall. I opened up about the hidden challenges of social entrepreneurship: feeling like you’re not good enough and don’t belong here. The imposter experience is something I think the majority of us have […]

Why we’re yarn bombing Truro

Yarn Bombing the action or activity of covering objects or structures in public places with decorative knitted or crocheted material, as a form of street art. Yarn bombing Truro might not seem like a very ‘Quiet’ thing to do. It certainly didn’t feel like it as Stacie climbed onto Gemma’s knee, stretching up a lamppost […]

#WeAreEnough It’s time for You to Join the Movement

No one should feel alone, broken and ashamed, like I did. I remember how I felt like there was something really wrong with me. I was afraid to do anything that would put me at the centre of attention and open me up to judgement. I expected negative judgement from anyone who saw or heard […]

Quiet Connections is calling out for votes to get Bags of Help from Tesco!

We’re bidding to bag a massive cash boost from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects. Quiet Connections is one of three groups shortlisted to receive the cash award at Tesco Camborne throughout March and April. […]

CHBN Radio Interview: How Quiet Connections is progressing

On Friday 9th, I met with our Young Person’s Coach, Caroline, and presented a comfort zone stretch opportunity… ‘would she like to join me for an interview on CHBN Radio that afternoon?’ Knowing this is a big stretch for Caroline, I half expected to be doing it alone (this might come as a surprise to some […]

BBC Radio Cornwall: It’s Time to Talk about student anxiety

This is our interview with BBC Radio Cornwall on Time to Talk Day, 1st February 2018: It’s Time to Talk about student anxiety. Hayley Stanton (Director at Quiet Connections); Ian Woodland (Student Liaison Officer); and Cornwall College students discuss how feeling socially anxious is affecting students. With thanks to Martin Shaw from BBC Radio Cornwall […]

How can feeling socially anxious, shy and awkward affect someone’s life?

How can feeling socially anxious, shy and awkward affect someone’s life?

Talking about our self-doubt and our anxieties in social situations is still taboo. We tend to think we should be able to do certain things, like talk to strangers and speak up, just because other people seem to manage with ease. It can feel like we’re the only person struggling. Then there’s the stigma we experience when […]

Gemma at Time To Talk Day 2018 with Cornwall College

It’s Time to Talk about the quiet stuff with Cornwall College

It’s Time to Talk It’s Time to Talk about the quiet stuff… like when we’re struggling to do the things we THINK we should be able to (because other people seem to find them so easy). Or how anxious we feel when we’re expected to present, speak up in a group or talk to a […]

Quiet Connections Breakthrough Story

Quiet Breakthrough Story

Unlocking Potential have been a great source of support in my journey to growing my own confidence and helping others.  Five years ago, I joined their Stand Out from the Crowd course to support me in making a career change -it was here I met two of my incredible team members, Michele and Gemma- and […]

Absolute First Aid Training The Quiet Way

Absolute First Aid Training… The Quiet Way

Who would have thought first aid training could actually be fun? That’s certainly not how I remember it being. I found it to be a hugely anxious experience when I was in my old job. There was no escaping the centre of attention and I felt like I was under the microscope as I awkwardly […]