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

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 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). 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 the last three years, rising catering and room hire costs have resulted in a small price increase for 2015. 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

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. We have added further Autumn/Winter dates 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 Programme


Early bird cut-off



Full/Early Bird Price
(DCN Members get
additional £15 discount)


19th Sep 2015

20th Aug 2015 Heterosexual Couples London £155/£125 per person FULL

19th Sep 2015

20th Aug 2015 Heterosexual Couples Dublin £155/£125 per person FULL

26th Sep 2015

27th Aug 2015 Single Women Edinburgh £155/£125 per person Yes

3rd Oct 2015

3rd Sept 2015 Heterosexual Couples London £155/£125 per person Yes

17th Oct 2015

17th Sept 2015 Heterosexual Couples DUBLIN £155/£125 per person Yes

7th Nov 2015

8th Oct 2015 Single Women London £155/£125 per person Yes

21st Nov 2015

22nd Oct 2015 Heterosexual Couples London £155/£125 per person Yes
21st Nov 2015 22nd Oct 2015 Lesbian couples London £155/£125 per person





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 Booking Form