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BelongCon at Spring Forward Festival 2018


Thursday, 29 March 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 (BST)

BelongCon at Spring Forward Festival 2018

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The Belong Conversation – or #BelongCon for short – is a unique event that provides a safe space for people to share their stories and be open, honest, and vulnerable with each other. 

At each event, we welcome several speakers to talk about their journey to finding belonging and acceptance, and through authentic, unscripted conversation, our aim is for everyone who attends to feel less alone, and more connected.


We're delighted that the next BelongCon event will be part of Spring Forward Festival, a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture which runs throughout March in parallel with Women's History Month. That means, this BelongCon event is FREE! 

So, as part of this festival, we're doing something a bit different this time... all our speakers are women, talking candidly about issues that impact women: from overcoming imposter syndrome, to managing post-natal depression, to discovering self-empowerment. As always though, our events are open to absolutely everyone.



Sally Bunkham: Surviving Motherhood

Sally Bunkham is a Brighton-based mum of two young children and the founder of Mum's Back, a social enterprise providing luxury hamper gifts for new mums containing all the yummy stuff they've been denied in pregnancy.

During her BelongCon talk, Sally will speak candidly about the shock and pressure of motherhood, and why she sees it as the hardest job in the world -- often with the least amount of recognition. Sally will also talk openly about her own experience of postnatal depression and self-harm, as well as how, in the end, it provided the inspiration for starting Mum's Back.

Sally is hugely passionate about raising awareness of perinatal mental health issues, and that's why £1 from every hamper sold by Mum's Back goes to the PANDAS Foundation. She has featured in national press including the The Metro, The Guardian and talking about her work and we're delighted to be welcoming her to BelongCon.

Lyndsey Clay: Not The Blueprint

At BelongCon, Instagrammer Lyndsey Clay (@nottheblueprint) will be sharing how overcoming her personal trauma has led to acceptance, gratitude at being different, and a commitment to empowering people to be their true self, and live their best life. Lyndsey will talk openly about infertility, her IVF miscarriage, depression, and divorce, and how her experiences over the last few years have impacted her sense of self and of belonging.

At rock bottom, Lyndsey started her road to recovery by listening to others' stories, realising she was not alone, and understanding the importance of being authentic: not being who you think you should be, but being who you really are. In March 2017 she started a blog on Instagram promoting her newfound ethos that it’s OK to be yourself, it’s OK to feel, and its OK to not be OK. Her motto is: "when you don’t fit the blueprint, break the mould".

Jennifer Le Roux: Escaping Employment

The first Belongcon inspired Jennifer to finally accept and bravely confess to her professional network that she didn't belong to employment. Something she always knew deep down, but it took getting 'illogically' fired by her best friend from the 'best job she had ever had' to fire her up to take the leap and go freelance.

Now pregnant for the first time in her late thirties and living life to the beat of her own drum freelance, Jennifer shares her journey. How she navigated the corporate politics of the nineties and noughties as what felt like the 'first ever millennial'. Why she left a great job, home and her husband to go to university full-time at 30 and how relocating to Brighton to find that 'dream job' took her to places she never imagined were possible. 

Sunetta Kiarie: A Sunny(ier) Way of Life

Sunetta Kiarie is Programmes Manager for the Goodall Foundation, a local grant-giving charity whose vision is to empower people to change their lives for the better. Through this role, she is also thrilled to manage the new non-profit community and youth hub called The Barge at Brighton Marina.

Sunetta is also a writer and is working on her first novel. Her love of literature started at a young age, where reading provided a safety net of escapism. This then led her to pursuing writing in which she began to reflect on the idea of a sense of belonging. This is a theme Sunetta has navigated most of her life, having moved away from her home country Kenya when she was much younger, then adjusting to the plethora of change that came along with this move, and consequently never feeling rooted anywhere. At BelongCon, Sunetta will discuss how in order to find our own sense of belonging, we need to first understand our true self. 

Vikki Parker: Inner Landscapes

"Art is the only way to run away without leaving home." —Twyla Tharp

Vikki Parker is the Creative Director of Arts Unwritten, a social enterprise in Brighton that develops new writing for theatre, enabling individuals to share their stories of triumph and inspiration. Arts Unwritten unashamedly addresses taboo themes within mental health, and empowers people to explore the inner landscapes of their hearts and minds to find healing.

At BelongCon, Vikki will share her personal journey to being an empowered feminist, and choosing not to be a mother. She will candidly share her experience of being raised by a male narcissist, and the impact on her 'inner landscape' of patriarchal messages mixed with the family's experience of pathological control.

Today, Vikki's ongoing personal quest is to untangle her inner voice from the voices of others. She will share how writing her one-woman show allowed her to find more compassion and understanding for herself and more connection with others, and how the act of performing revealed a startling insight into how her 'inner programming' was limiting her life. In her talk, Vikki aims to share her gathered wisdom around how we become programmed, and how we can release ourselves to find freedom from our fears and live a joyful life where we belong to ourselves.

Rachel Finch: Hello? Is It Me I’m Looking For?

Imposter Syndrome: A Female Epidemic

Rachel Finch is a Digital Marketing Manager and founder of Brighton Digital Women. At BelongCon, Rachel will talk about how and why so many women are trolling themselves with ‘imposter syndrome’. Is this an inherently female self-preservation tactic? Or is it something more sinister that found its roots in the patriarchy?

Rachel will share her journey from imposter to proud individual, using pop culture references and examples from her own professional, and not so professional, life.

Aimee Challenor: Holding Her Head Up High

It's not easy being a young woman in today's society. When you add in transition, it becomes harder, and when you add in being a politician, it can be overwhelming. Aimee Challenor will talk about her experiences of intimidation and violence, and how she has learnt to dismiss the haters and hold her head up high.


More speakers to be announced soon... watch this space!

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Thursday, 29 March 2018 from 18:00 to 21:30 (BST)

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The Belong Conversation – or #BelongCon for short – provides a safe space for people to share their stories and to be open, honest, and vulnerable. At our live events we welcome several speakers to share how they’ve found belonging in the world, and through authentic, unscripted conversation our aim is for everyone who attends to feel less alone, and more connected. Find out more about us at

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