Telling and Talking Workshops
One couple's experience of a workshop
"A huge thank you for Saturday's workshop. It was immensely useful and so good to feel able to talk about things in a safe environment. Both Jim and I feel more confident now in starting the telling process to our boys. More than anything it was brilliant to have the time to focus on the issues and actually think things through. What a lovely bunch of people too, so nice to know we are not alone."
Jim and Sarah
"Money well spent in relation to looking after my son's future well being, self esteem and mental health."
Parent - Dublin
One single woman's experience of a workshop
"It was great to meet others who have undergone what I did to have a child. I feel much better about dealing with questions as they arrive. A great opportunity to network with others who share my concerns, hopes and fears!"
Who are they for?
The workshops are for parents of donor conceived children aged 0-7yrs. Experience has shown us that people benefit more from these sessions once they have become parents rather than during pregnancy. They are aimed at those who have not yet started to tell their children about how they came into the family as well as those who have begun the story and would like further guidance and support.
Issues faced by single women, lesbians and heterosexual couples are different. As part of the Network's philosophy of trying to meet the needs of all parents of DC children, we are now offering a separate workshop for these groups of parents. Our experienced facilitators ensure that the topics covered are relevant to those attending. Lesbians may request to sign up for heterosexual couples workshops but need to be aware that they may be the only lesbians attending.
If you are part of a couple we strongly recommend that you both attend. If single, you can attend alone or you could bring a family member or friend. We need a minimum number to make the workshop viable but will be booking no more than 18 people.To book you can use this link Online booking form
What are they about?
The workshops will explore all the issues around telling children about their conception, including practical help with timing and language. There will be time to share personal experiences, as well as get information and guidance. Sharing information with family, friends and others who may need to know will also be discussed.
How much do they cost and what’s included?
The workshops in 2015 cost £155 per person or £125 if booked over 4 weeks before the date. DC Network members can get a £15 discount per person (so £140/£110 per person). The workshops in 2016 cost £165 per person or £135 if booked over 4 weeks before the date. DC Network members can get a £20 discount per person (so £145/£115 per person). We want the workshops to be accessible to all and are not seeking to make a profit from them. Although we have held our prices for some time, rising catering and room hire costs have resulted in a small price increase for 2016. The fee covers venue hire, facilitators fees and expenses, training, development and administration costs. The price includes refreshments, lunch and a pack of materials. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare. We will decide 4 weeks before the workshop whether it is viable and will either confirm or cancel. If we cancel a full refund will be given. A full refund is also offered if you cancel your booking before this cut-off date.
What are the locations, dates and times of the workshops?
The workshops are held on Saturdays to make them accessible to working parents. They are held at a venue near Kings Cross in London and a venue in Leeds and run from 9.45am to 4pm.
What next? How do I book?
Choose a workshop from the schedule and check whether there are spaces. Use the link to the online booking form and complete that including the date you wish to book. You will then be sent details of how to pay. Your booking is only secure once we have received payment.
What about after the workshops?
Many workshop participants choose to share their email addresses or phone numbers with each other following the workshop and to remain in touch this way. Continued contact with workshop facilitators is also possible.
What if we haven’t conceived yet?
If you are thinking about starting a family using a donor we are also running Preparing Yourself for DC Parenthood workshops See website for further details
Just contact us by email and we will be happy to help.
To book, please use this link Telling and Talking workshop - online booking form. We have Autumn/Winter 2015 and ** NEW DATES FOR 2016** now. If no date is suitable, you can use the form to express interest and we will contact you if and when new dates are added.
2015 & 2016 Programme
Early bird cut-off
Full/Early Bird Price
7th Nov 2015
|8th Oct 2015||Single Women||London||£155 per person||FULL|
21st Nov 2015
|22nd Oct 2015||Heterosexual Couples||London||£155 per person||FULL|
|21st Nov 2015||22nd Oct 2015||Lesbian couples||London||£155 per person||
|6th Feb 2016||6th Jan 2016||Heterosexual Couples||DUBLIN||Yes|
|12th Mar 2016||12th Feb 2016||Single Women / Lesbian Couples||London||Yes|
|19th Mar 2016||19th Feb 2016||Heterosexual Couples||London||Yes|
|30th Apr 2016||30th Mar 2016||Heterosexual Couples||DUBLIN||Yes|
|14th May 2016||14th Apr 2016||Heterosexual Couples||London||Yes|
|18th Jun 2016||18th May 2016||Heterosexual Couples||BRISTOL||Yes|
|9th Jul 2016||9th Jun 2016||Single Women / Lesbian Couples||London||Yes|
|17th Sept 2016||17th Aug 2016||Heterosexual Couples||London||Yes|
|24th Sept 2016||24th Aug 2016||Single Women / Lesbian Couples||OTHER - tbc||Yes|
|1st Oct 2016||1st Sept 2016||Heterosexual Couples||DUBLIN||Yes|
|5th Nov 2016||5th Oct 2016||Heterosexual Couples||London||Yes|
|19th Nov 2016||19th Oct 2016||Single Women||London||Yes|
|19th Nov 2016||19th Oct 2016||Lesbian Couples||London||Yes|
|26th Nov 2016||26th Oct 2016||Heterosexual Couples||TBC||Yes|
The price includes refreshments, lunch and a pack of materials.
Alternatively you can use this link to open a printable booking form to complete and return with a cheque.