Vote now to help us get Bags of Help from Tesco Truro
Quiet Connections is one of three groups shortlisted to receive the cash award at Tesco Truro and shoppers are being invited to head along to the store to vote for who they want to receive the top grant. This means we need your help…
What are you voting for?
The next time you visit Truro and pop into Tesco, please give us your vote. If you’re not heading there yourself, please ask your friends to support us when they visit Tesco Truro. You’ll be helping us fund a programme for young people who are feeling socially anxious, shy, not good enough and fearfully avoiding social and performance situations.
What’s important about this project to us is that young people have a safe space to simply ‘have a go’ at speaking up and putting themselves out there, without fear of judgement and criticism. Without comparison and grading. A place where they can take gradual steps and just start to believe that they can speak up in groups and they can get through that presentation and maybe even realise they can do quite well if they recognise and harness their quiet strengths.
This programme is driven by our personal experiences. For me, I remember vividly being a young person who’s using every excuse to avoid presenting or simply speaking up in a group throughout school and college and beyond. I’d actually become physically sick with worry. When I felt I had no choice, I wouldn’t sleep. I’d freeze. I’d go red in the face. And I’d feel deeply ashamed of who I was, acutely aware of the whispers, mean comments and laughter in the room as my peers and even teachers couldn’t seem to grasp the terror I was experiencing. Every bad experience had me expecting another bad experience; a self-fulfilling prophecy. I never believed I could do it and this has a devastating effects once I left college and my go-to strategy of avoiding and keeping myself hidden could no longer work for me.
So this is a key opportunity to let young people know that they are not weird for feeling this way, they are not alone, and they can achieve more than they think. Please be a part of sharing this message and vote for us in Tesco Truro throughout February.
Hayley shares her personal stories of feeling shy, socially anxious, ‘not good enough’ and fearfully avoiding the good things in life. Growing her confidence through coaching, gradually stretching her comfort zone and connecting with others, she now uses everything she has learned to help other people grow their confidence in her role as a coach. Hayley is passionate about connecting people with similar stories and creating safe, supportive spaces to make friends and try new things. Hayley dreams of a time when all of the strengths, skills and goodness in ‘quiet’ is recognised and appreciated as readily as being bold, gregarious, and comfortable in the spotlight is right now.