Telling and Talking Workshops

Two couples' experiences 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 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 a month before the workshop whether it is viable and will either confirm or cancel. If we cancel a full refund will be given. Cancellations received 5 weeks before the workshop date will be refunded in full. Cancellations notified 3-5 weeks before the date will be refunded at 50%. We are unable to refund cancellations received with less than 3 weeks’ notice.

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 venues in Malahide, Dublin and other cities (tbc) and run from 9.30am to 4.20pm.

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

More questions?

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. 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.

2016 Programme


Early bird cut-off



Full/Early Bird Price
(DCN Members get
additional discount of £20pp)


6th Feb 2016 6th Jan 2016 Heterosexual Couples DUBLIN £165 per person FULL
19th Mar 2016 19th Feb 2016 Heterosexual Couples London £165/£135 per person FULL
14th May 2016 14th Apr 2016 Heterosexual Couples London £165 per person FULL
4th June 2016 4th May 2016 Heterosexual Couples EDINBURGH £165 per person FULL
18th Jun 2016 18th May 2016 Heterosexual Couples BRISTOL £165 per person FULL
9th Jul 2016 9th Jun 2016 Single Women / Lesbian Couples London £135 per person FULL
17th Sept 2016 17th Aug 2016 Heterosexual Couples London £165/£135 per person Yes
24th Sept 2016 24th Aug 2016 Single Women / Lesbian Couples DUBLIN £165/£135 per person FULL
1st Oct 2016 1st Sept 2016 Heterosexual Couples DUBLIN £165/£135 per person FULL
5th Nov 2016 5th Oct 2016 Heterosexual Couples London £165/£135 per person Yes
19th Nov 2016 19th Oct 2016 Single Women London £165/£135 per person Yes
19th Nov 2016 19th Oct 2016 Lesbian Couples London £165/£135 per person Yes  
26th Nov 2016 26th Oct 2016 Heterosexual Couples London £165/£135 per person Yes



Online booking form

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.


Print a 2016 Booking Form