Terms of Use


Last Updated: 15 March 2024.

1. What do these Terms cover?

Thank you for visiting the Belonging Forum website https://www.belonging.forum (the "Site"), operated by Samuel Centre for Social Connectedness, a charitable organization registered in Canada with registration number 746004092RR0001, having its registered office at 5455 Ave De Gaspé Ste 710, Montreal, Quebec, H2T 3B3, Canada ("we", "us", "our").
We are a ‘think-and-do tank’ with a mission to support individuals and communities around the world in overcoming social isolation and realizing the right to belong. Through high-quality research, programming, advocacy, and storytelling, we work to expand and empower a global movement for belonging. Our Site is aimed at providing information to users about the work we do and allowing them to subscribe to our quarterly newsletter packed with research, advocacy and program updates.

We've tried to make these Website Terms of Use (“Terms”) easy to read and understand, avoiding jargon wherever we can. Please read these Terms carefully because they are a legal agreement that apply to your use of our Site.
By using this Site, you indicate your agreement to be bound by these Terms. If you do not agree to these Terms, please do not use this Site.
If we believe you have not followed these Terms then we have the right to prevent you from using our Site.

2. How can I contact you?

Please see our Get Involved page for our contact details.

3. Are there any other Terms I need to be aware of?

These Terms refer to other terms that may apply to you:

Our Website Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy, which sets out how we may use your personal information.

4. What happens if there are changes to your Terms or the Site?

We'll do our best to keep you up to date when we're making changes to these Terms or our Site. We can make changes at any time. We don't need to give you any notice beforehand, but we'll try to be reasonable and let you know when we can.

If you carry on using our Site after we make changes to the Terms, it means you've agreed to the revised Terms. The new version of the Terms will replace the old version.

5. Will the Site always be available?

We do not guarantee that our Site or any content on it will always be available or be uninterrupted. We may suspend or withdraw or restrict the availability of all or any part of our Site for business and operational reasons. We will try to give you reasonable notice of any suspension or withdrawal.

6. Can you or I transfer these Terms to someone else?

In the future, we might transfer the rights and obligations we have under these Terms to another company, provided it doesn't materially affect your rights.
You can't transfer your rights or obligations under these Terms to anybody else. This is because these Terms are personal to you and nobody else is entitled to benefit from them.

7. What am I allowed to do on your Site?

We own or have a licence to all the intellectual property rights on our Site, this includes all images, text, graphics, music, videos and any other content you might see ("Content") and all associated software, code, algorithms, protocols, layouts, designs and interfaces. All our Content and our Site is protected by copyright, trademark and other proprietary rights and your use of the Site is governed, by intellectual property laws such as copyright and trademark laws.

Provided you comply with these Terms, you are granted a non-exclusive, limited, non-transferable, freely revocable licence to use the Site for personal, non-commercial purposes only and as permitted by the features of the Site. We may terminate this licence at any time for any reason or no reason. You may not use this Site for any other purpose without our prior written approval. We reserve all rights not expressly granted.

Your right to access our Site does not include any right to (except with our prior agreement in writing):

  • modify, alter, reproduce, copy, scrape or resell any Content;
  • create additional translations of any Content;
  • create any other derivative work from the Content;
  • use any part of the Content for commercial purposes, including promotional use;
  • delete or augment the Content;
  • rent, loan, lease, sublicense or transfer the Content to third parties;
  • bypass any measures used by us or our partners to prevent or restrict access to all or part of the Site or the Content; or
  • upload, post, reproduce or distribute Content in any way.

If you do not follow these Terms then we have the right to require you to return or destroy any copies of the Content you have created or made and to pursue any rights we may have at law.

8. What happens if there is incorrect information on our Site?

We will do our best to keep our Site up to date and to check everything is correct, however we cannot guarantee that the content on our Site is accurate, complete or up to date. The content on our Site is for general information only.

If you do spot any mistakes, you can let us know by contacting us at [email protected].

9. What happens if there is a bug or virus on our Site?

We cannot guarantee that our Site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses. You are responsible for ensuring you have virus protection software.

You must not misuse our Site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other harmful material. You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our Site, the server on which our Site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our Site.

10. How do you use my data?

Please see our Website Privacy Policy for details of what data we collect and how this is used.

11. Are you responsible for any linked websites?

Where our Site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only. We have no control over the content of those sites or resources, which are subject to their own terms of use and privacy policies, so you should check you are comfortable before clicking on the link.

12. Am I allowed to link to your Site?

You may link to the homepage on our Site provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it – for example, you must not suggest we support your website or organization if that is not the case.

Whilst you may link to our homepage, you must not link to any other part of our Site or frame our Site on any other site.

Please Contact Us at [email protected] if you would like to link to or make any use of content on our Site other than that set out above.

13. Can I upload content to the Site?

If you upload any content to our Site or any of our social media pages then you agree that we and any of our other users will have a licence to use, store and copy that content for free.

You must only upload content to our Site or social media pages that you own or otherwise have the right to use.

If a third party claims that any content breaches their intellectual property rights or rights to privacy then we have the right to disclose your identity to them.

You must not upload any files or content to the Site or our social media pages that violates applicable law or is harmful or otherwise inappropriate.

Our Site may include information and content uploaded by other users. This information and content have not been verified or approved by us. The views expressed by other users on our Site may not represent our views or values.

14. What happens if something goes wrong?

If we don't follow these Terms, then were required by applicable law, we'll be responsible for the part of any foreseeable loss or damage that you suffered that was caused by us. In addition, even if we don't follow these Terms, we won't be responsible for any loss or damage that isn't foreseeable. When we say "foreseeable", we mean that:

  • it was obvious that it would happen; or
  • at the time we made this agreement, we and you both knew that it might happen.

If you are a business user

We exclude all implied conditions, warranties, representations or other terms that may apply to our Site or any content on it.

We will not be liable for loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue; business interruption; loss of anticipated savings; loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation or any indirect or consequential loss or damage.

If you are a consumer user

You agree not to use our Site for any commercial or business purposes. This means that, even if we don't follow these Terms, we're not responsible for any business interruption, or loss of business earnings or opportunities.

To be clear, we don't limit our responsibilities to you where it wouldn't be lawful. For example, we don't limit our responsibility to you when we've breached your consumer rights. Were required by applicable law, we also don't limit our responsibility to you when we've caused death or personal injury due to our negligence.

15. Do you monitor my use of the Site?

To keep things running smoothly, we keep an eye on how people are using our Site and take action when we need to. You agree that we can monitor your use of our Site to make sure you're not breaking our Terms. We'll always do this in line with our Website Privacy Policy.

16. What laws apply to these Terms?

These Terms are governed by English law and the English courts will have jurisdiction over any claim. If any provision of these Terms is unenforceable under applicable law, then that provision will be deemed severable from the Terms and will not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

The parties have agreed that this contract and all related documents be drafted in English. Les parties aux présentes ont demandé et convenu que le présent contrat et tout document y afférent soient rédigés en anglais.