Quiet Meet Ups
Gently connecting those of us who consider ourselves to be quieter, more introverted, highly sensitive, socially anxious or shy, in a space where it's okay to talk and it's okay to be quiet too.See All Meet Ups
"Thank you for today, it was an incredibly validating experience, having some company without any pressure to talk or be a certain way. I was surprised how comfortable I felt so quickly."
Alistair Millar, Falmouth
“I’ve been to two Quiet Connections meet ups and I've really enjoyed both. Everyone was lovely and chilled and there was a lovely feel to the whole event. It's nice to meet people who are similarly quiet like me.”
“I felt that the group put my mind at rest when thinking about speaking out loud. Being around like minded people made me feel less isolated and boosted my confidence.”
Why we're (quietly) meeting up
We know it can be daunting to meet new people and go to new places. And it can be easy to feel disconnected and out of place if, like us, you consider yourself to be quieter, more introverted, highly sensitive, socially anxious, or shy. So often, it seems that we’re expected to connect with others by matching the louder, chattier, or more dominant people in a group. But flexing so far from our true nature can feel like self-betrayal and impossible to achieve. Even if we do have something we want to say, it’s not always easy to get a word in edgeways, right? Yes, we crave a sense of belonging, but it’s important that we can be authentic.
What we need are safe spaces where quieter and more sensitive people can flourish too; space we are invited to step into when we're ready and have something we want to contribute, and space to sit back and quietly observe when we want to. That’s why we’re bringing like-minded people together to gently connect in a comfortable space where it's okay to talk and it's okay to be quiet too.
What you'll get when you join in
Our intention is to offer you a gentle way to connect with new friends, develop a genuinely understanding peer support network, and explore our beautiful Cornwall with like-minded people supporting each other as you carefully stretch your comfort zones and grow together.
So, if you're feeling anxious in social situations, or perhaps 'too quiet', 'shy' or 'not good enough', our Quiet Meet Ups are calm spaces for you to simply be with other quiet and gentle natured people, taking time for yourself and trying new things; all at your own pace, with no pressure –you can speak and join in as little or as much as you’d like to (and we understand that changes from day to day, moment to moment) –amongst kind and supportive Quieteers who truly 'get it'.
As part of this friendly group of like-minded individuals, with similar feelings and stories in a relaxed and welcoming environment, you’re invited to use the time and space to gently connect and enjoy yourself in a way that feels comfortable for you.
What to expect
It's okay to talk, and it's okay to be quiet too. We understand that you may prefer to ease into conversation gradually, or that some days you might like to sit quietly with a good book whilst still in the company of others. We welcome quietude and chatter.
We encourage you to go at your own pace. There's never any pressure to participate more than what feels right and good for you. We believe that getting as far as the car park or through the door is a huge win! There's no need to set a big goal to speak and participate. You're invited to go, and grow, at your own pace, gently stretching your comfort zone with us.
You can observe first, and activities are optional. Want to get a feel for the group or an activity before deciding you want to have a go? Great, you absolutely can do that! It’s okay if you choose not to join in with an activity. We aim to offer choices so you can do what feels right for where you are right now.
"I like the openness of the group and the way they greeted me when I first started a few months ago. They continue to show an interest and make me feel welcome."
"The best bit is that there’s no pressure to be anyone but yourself. Other people can relate to how hard and stressful it can be. It’s really good; a chilled atmosphere and no pressure to participate."
Tommy Uren, Pool
"The Godrevy Beach walk was my first meet up group walk and I’m so glad I went. I enjoyed meeting new people and sharing the views and weather with them. It was ace!"
"I joined the Meet Up at Dunkirk Farm to offer my child a different experience at a lovely sounding setting, to connect, and to stretch my comfort zone. It was a lovely relaxing couple of hours. I felt no pressure for my daughter and I to participate in everything, but she really enjoyed the strawberry and rhubarb picking, feeding the guinea pigs & chickens and collecting eggs! I SO appreciate you guys and the lovely experiences you offer, for adults and children. It's such a good way to stretch my comfort zone and be around others who understand what it's like living with social anxiety. I’m slowly coming out of my shell while also accepting where I'm at is a wonderful part of healing. Thank you so much."
Upcoming Meet Ups
Join a weekly connection meet up in Cornwall, or pop along to one of our gatherings, exploring Cornwall together twice a month.
"I met some lovely people tonight and surprised myself by speaking out to the whole group! I really enjoyed hearing others talking about their experiences and sharing with each other. It felt so relaxed. Thank you for this opportunity."
Claire, St Austell
"I'm so glad I found you. It's so nice to know that others are going through similar things. What I like most is being able to talk to others who have similar issues. It's been a great way of making new friends with similar stories."
"I'm enjoying finding people who I can relate to that gives me a feeling that I'm not alone. So thank you for that and all the tips and support and awareness. It's an amazing community and you make my life a little brighter."
“I am grateful for Quiet Connections because they give me a chance to be me, without judgement or criticism, harsh words or being made fun of. I am able to be part of a group socially, in comfort and feeling safe, for the first time in a long time with them. I have a sense of belonging and being cared about. It's just lovely.”
Hi, I'm Michele. If you have a question or suggestion, or you're looking for some reassurance before joining in or want to discuss volunteering, you can contact me directly using the form below. I work part-time but will reply within 3 days.
"The conversations between organiser and attendees are honest and open. I like that I can be candid about the issues I face knowing that I’m not the only one."
"There's no pressure. You can join a small table at any point with some nice people who will all make you feel at ease (they feel just like you do). There's lots of helpful tips to gain from the sessions if you feel like joining in."
“I found everyone to be very welcoming and non-judgemental. I’d recommend it as a great place to work on your social skills.”