New app for people in Cornwall with social anxiety during Coronavirus

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New app for people in Cornwall with social anxiety during Coronavirus

Published at 2:37pm 14th May 2020.

A new app has been developed in Cornwall to support people who experience social anxiety.

The Quiet Connections app was created in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Made by Cornwall-based social enterprise Quiet Connections, it offers a safe space to easily connect with new friends and get support for those who struggle with meeting new people and speaking up in groups and conversations.

It hopes to bring together quieter people who share similar stories so they can support and learn from each other, and gain acceptance, friendship and understanding.

Director Hayley Stanton said: “We want quieter people who feel awkward or anxious in social situations to know that they’re not alone, and this app offers people the chance to be a part of a genuinely understanding community where you can share your stories, worries and successes; ask questions and feel supported and understood from the comfort of your own home.”

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When Quiet Connections’ community groups were cancelled due to Covid-19, many of their existing members were struggling with the change.

Hayley and fellow director Stacie Clark were determined to find a way to help the quiet community to stay connected throughout the crisis.

After a number of community members explained they felt uneasy about using existing social media platforms due to privacy concerns and wanting to avoid negative posts, they decided it was time to develop the Quiet Connections app.

You can watch a demo of the app below:

The app launch comes as Quiet Connections celebrates its third anniversary as a Community Interest Company.

Also included is statistics and stories from people who feel socially anxious to remind you you’re not alone; daily words of wisdom to help you recognise and celebrate all that you are and all that you can be; and a chance to get involved in the latest campaign to reframe quiet.

Community member, Julia said: “The app is really great, it works well and I enjoy sharing my little things here! I feel it’ll become a really important tool for me to share my experiences with people who understand how I feel and what I’m talking about.”

It’s free to download the app and join the Quiet Community. An additional subscription is also available to get exclusive access to extra tools and insights including talking tips and conversation starters, and creative activities to help you feel calm, let go of perfectionism and express who you are.

The Quiet Connections app is available to download for free from the App Store and Google Play now.

Go to www.quietconnections.co.uk/app for more information, screenshots and a demo.

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