Creating Quiet Connections in Truro

Creating Quiet Connections at New MeetUp in Truro

Quiet Connections held the first of its new weekly meetups yesterday, bringing together people who consider themselves to be quieter in Truro.

Every Monday from 4:00-6:00pm, Quieteers will be coming together at Colours Cafe and Wellbeing Centre in a comfortable space where it’s okay to talk and it’s okay to be quiet too, so that they can gently connect in their own way and at their own pace.

Some people attend because they consider themselves more introverted and are looking to meet like-minded people, while others may experience social anxiety and want the opportunity to begin connecting with others in a safe space where people understand what it’s like to feel this way.

Michele Cheesman, who leads the Quiet Meetup in Truro, knows what it’s like to feel socially anxious and does everything she can to ease any anxieties someone might have before joining, including offering to chat with anyone thinking about attending by phone or email beforehand to answer any questions and give reassurance, or arranging to meet a new participant outside of Colours Cafe before the meetup begins to help anyone who needs that support feel more comfortable about joining.

“I know it’s sometimes a massive achievement for someone to leave their home and attend their first meet up, and there are no expectations of anyone when they join. Just be yourself and enjoy sharing space and connecting in a way that feels good to you. If that means sitting back and observing, or quietly doing some crochet, colouring or even reading a book, that’s absolutely welcomed” Michele says.

Truro is the seventh location for Quiet Connections’ Weekly MeetUps, which are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, joining Helston, Falmouth, Hayle, Redruth, St Austell and Liskeard.

Quiet Meetup participant, Emily, says “I felt nervous before attending since it’s quite hard for me to meet new people and confidently engage with them, but that expectation seemed to drop when I was there with like-minded people. I felt completely comfortable since I could go at my own pace, and there’s no pressure to talk or do anything at all, so I was able to just listen to others talking at first. I found the colouring very helpful so I had something to do with my hands too, and I soon joined a conversation. I’m really looking forward to more Quiet MeetUps!”

Michele continues “over time, as people learn more about each other and realise something that they all have in common, they become closer and more connected. To me, there’s nothing better than being able to find a new like-minded buddy to comfortably chat and share with in life.”

You can find out more about Quiet Connections MeetUps at: www.quietconnections.co.uk/meetups




Michele Cheesman



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Notes to Editors:

About Quiet Connections

We are a Community Interest Company based in Cornwall working with and for people who consider themselves to be more introverted, highly sensitive, or experiencing social anxiety. Through framing quiet in a positive light and facilitating meaningful connections and pathways to contributing in ways that honour quieter natures, we aim to create ripple effects of wellbeing for people with quieter temperaments so that they can share their gifts to help create a more curious, compassionate and connected world.

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  • Hayley Stanton

    Hi, I’m Hayley - the original quieteer. I, too, identify as a quiet person. I’m naturally a highly sensitive introvert and I love and appreciate my quiet strengths now, but I spent much of my life not feeling good enough and experiencing social anxiety. I missed so many opportunities because I was afraid of being judged harshly, criticised and rejected – and because I doubted that I had the ‘right’ personality to succeed. Quiet Connections exists in part because I had a fantastic coach who helped me to work through old patterns of keeping myself small and hidden so that I could show up and be seen to play my part in creating the more connected, curious and compassionate world that I dream of. Now, I’m passionate about helping quiet people discover their unique qualities, gifts, passions and experiences and explore how best to use these to express themselves more authentically and contribute to the world in a way that works with their quieter or more sensitive nature. Get to know me here.

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