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

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 and lesbians are different from those encountered by heterosexual couples. While we recognise that lesbians and single women do not have the same needs, 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 two groups of parents. Our experienced facilitators ensure that the topics covered are relevant to those attending. Single women and lesbians remain welcome to sign up for heterosexual couples workshops but need to be aware that they may be the only ones attending in their particular situation.

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.

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 cost £135 per person or £105 if booked over 4 weeks before the date. DC Network members can get a £10 discount per person (so £125/£95 per person). We want the workshops to be accessible to all and are not seeking to make a profit from them. 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. Print the Booking Form and send it back to us with a cheque or make a payment by bank transfer (bank details on booking form). If you are not able to print the form, please email or phone us with your address and we can give more details and send a booking form by post if necessary.

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

More questions?

Just contact us by email and we will be happy to help.

WTo cope with demand we have added an extra workshop for heterosexual couples on 22nd November andwill be announcing dates for 2015 in October.


Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending a workshop. If no date is suitable, you can use the form to express interest and we will contact you if new dates are added.

2014 Programme


Early bird cut-off



Full/Early Bird Price
(DCN Members get
additional £10 discount)


29th Mar 2014 

27th Feb 2014

Heterosexual couples


£135 per person


10th May 2014   

10th Apr 2014

Heterosexual Couples


£135 per person


7th June 2014 8th May 2014 Single women and lesbian couples Leeds £135 per person


20th September 2014 21st August 2014 Heterosexual couples London £135/£105 per person


4th October 2014 4th September 2014 Heterosexual couples London £135/£105 per person


8th Nov 2014 9th Oct 2014 Single women and lesbian couples London £135/£105 per person


22nd Nov 2014 23rd Oct 2014 Heterosexual Couples London £135/£105 per person




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