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 Stockport STUFF supporting Light in the Darkness Conference 17th May 2019

Light in the Darkness a new social enterprise project headed up by Beatrice Guessie, supporting women who have faced extreme set backs and trauma to have their voices heard.

**Flourish are purely providing pro-bono support to help with logistics, co-ordination and administration of this event - This event is managed and run by Beatrice Guessie, hosted on our eventbrite page to help make this event happen** Email Beatrice at for further details.

This conference aims to help the legal profession, criminal justice system, immigration, health and social care sectors to save lives, save money and be better equipped to support vulnerable women including asylum seekers and single mums, who have been through trauma and need help to find their best routes forward for survival and routes to a well and positive future. People will gain insights, personal and professional development, connections and key learning on methods for good practice – led by women who are experts by experience.


12.00 noon Arrival and lunch

12.45 Welcome

1.00pm “My Story” – Beatrice to speak from the heart about her journey, delivering some key messages to attendees.

1.45pm - 2.10pm Break

2.10pm “I am not alone – my story is not unique” A panel or series of 3-4 other women will speak about their experiences. Case studies will include women affected by themes including sexual abuse, asylum system, living with mental health issues, balancing child and mother protection. 

Speakers include:

-Gina Gonzales, expert by experience - Lancashire

- Adele Mbomeme, expert by experience - London

- Lillian Yondjeu, expert by experience - Manchester

- Jennifer Nakakande, expert by experience - Liverpool

3.10pm Break

3.30pm What does good support and intervention for women in these situations with multiple complex needs look like? A panel of professionalsin in legal, health, community, criminal justice and social work share their observations, challenges and suggestions for good practice and changes needed.

-Harriet Wistrich – Director, Centre for Women’ Justice

-Dr Zoe Hodson - GP

4.15pm Thanks and recognition

4.40pm Next steps for Light in the Darknesss

5.00pm Wrap, close and networking

Who should attend? This event is for you if you work across any of the following areas……

-Local councils and counsellors



- Home Office

- Domestic Violence support agencies

- Asylum Seekers and support agencies

-Social Workers

- Legal professionals

- Police

- Women who have faced set backs and trauma

TRAVELLING TO THE VENUE -Levenshulme Inspire Centre is a social enterprise venue in the heart of a diverse community. It is 5 minutes walk from Levenshulme Station which is easily accessible from main trainlines -one stop from Manchester Piccadilly or Stockport station.

There is a bus stop conveniently located outside the building which is served by the 192, 168 and 197 buses. There is also free parking on surrounding side streets.

Light in the Darkness is a not for profit organisation - This event currently has no sponosrship or bursary tickets available. Should you wish to sponsor this event or buy Pay it Forward tickets email

Ticket booking:

Background of Beatrice Guessie

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