DCN Groups and Meetups

Important notice re the Coronavirus :  As UK government and the Chief Medical Officer are now advising to reduce social contact, DCN local meetup activities are largely paused. We will review and update this page as government advice changes and notify members when normal activities resume.

 

DCN Groups and Meetups

DC Network runs meetups for our members across the UK and Ireland. These are all volunteer-run. Our groups try to meet 2 or more times a year and offer an opportunity to connect with others locally. Our general groups are open to ALL members. New members are always very welcome, thinkers & tryers and parents alike! We also have single women only and LGBT groups and you can use the sort tool below to find these. If you would like to find out more about our local groups, or indeed to get involved in helping an existing group or setting one up in your area, please make contact with Yaél on volunteers@dcnetwork.org

To see full details of groups and events coming up, please log into your DCN account. If you are not a member and would like to sign up to our membership, please use this link to read more about membership benefits and sign up.

Geographical area Location For Meetups and info Other Info
North & Scotland Leeds / Yorkshire General

Meets every season for a summer picnic /camping weekend and a winter party – includes single and couple members. Also has a WhatsApp group you can join.  

Kath and Ali (alternating coordinators)

dcnyorkshireevents@gmail.com

North & Scotland Leeds / Yorkshire Single women Group meeting for walks and family get together. Also has a Facebook group you can join to hear about meetups.    

Sally and Claire

Contact dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details.

North & Scotland Liverpool General Running a contact list at this time. Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org to join the list.See North West solo mum group for info on the single women's group running in the area.

Contact list for Heterosexual couples using egg donation.

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org to join

North & Scotland

Manchester

General Running a contact list at this time. Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org to join the list. See North West solo mum group for info on the single women's group running in the area.

Contact list for members in the area.

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org to join

North & Scotland

North East

General

This group has alternating coordinators.

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details

North & Scotland North West – Covering Liverpool, Manchester and the surrounding areas.    Single women

A group for single women and solo mums, from across the North West of England. They meet regularly either at a park, someone’s home or a place where the children can play.  

Online meetup: Sunday 9th August at 3pm

Date for your diary: Sun 20th September at Walton hall gardens

Jenny and Kate

dcn.solomumsNW@hotmail.com

North & Scotland Scotland-Edinburgh/Glasgow Single women Regular meetups every 3 months usually in Edinburgh & Glasgow. A group which includes thinkers, triers and mums with children aged from babies to beyond.

Eileen

Contact dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details.

North & Scotland Scotland General Meetups 2-3 times yearly - Edinburgh and Dunfermline. Adult and family events.

Jan

dcn.scotland@gmail.com   

North & Scotland Scotland - North East Single women Contacts and meetups for single women in the North East region of Scotland. Meetup take place 4x yearly mainly in Aberdeen/Inverness.  

Vikki

Contact dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details.

East Midlands East Midlands/ Nottinghamshire   General Meets regularly for evening discussion groups and family gatherings. Join the secret Facebook group if you like, by emailing the coordinators.  Alison & Sam and Ruth
dcnnottm@gmail.com
East Midlands Market Harborough Single women

Group set up in 2018 and welcoming members from across Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Peterborough and nearby. Meets in Market Harborough.   

Contact Kate

Eastmidlands.solo@hotmail.com  

West Midlands Warwickshire, North Cotswolds & West Midlands General

Regular meetings throughout the year, at various locations within the West Midlands. Family and social gatherings as well as discussions.  

Janick

dcn.westmidlands@gmail.com

West Midlands Warwickshire, North Cotswolds & West Midlands Single women Group formed in early 2017, keen to offer more single women/solo mums in the area the chance to meet others. Regular dates set throughout the year - sometimes teaming up with the General group activities.

Jacqui

dcn.solomums.westmidlands@outlook.com 

East Cambridge Single women & lesbian couples Group launched 2017 welcoming solo mums and single women on the journey. Some meetups with lesbian couples.

Kayla and Rebecca    

smcambs@gmail.com

East East Anglia General Meeting 2-3 times a year for family gatherings.      

Natalie

dcn.eastanglia@gmail.com 

East Essex Single women Running a contact list for members in the area.

Contact 

dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details.

South East Berkshire Single women

Group for single women and solo mums in the region to meet up, every 1-2 months. 

Ellie    

windsorway.solomums@gmail.com

South East Essex Single women Group for single women and solo mums in the Essex region. 

Nicole

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details

South East Hertfordshire General

Group up and running again in 2019 with a new coordinator. Many members in the area. Family meetups in parks and soft play venues.

Randi

dcn.herts@gmail.com 

South East Kent General

Meetups throughout the year, mainly family meetups with one adult event a year. Geographical area changed each time on rotation so that they can try to cover the vast area of Kent! You can join the WhatsApp group if you wish. 

Sue, Harmony and Kathryn    

Dcn.kent@gmail.com

South East Surrey General

Group up and running again in 2019 – meetups include family picnics and adult meetups. Meet around Guildford mainly. Also hold a summer picnic in Teddington.    

 

Socially distanced picnic planned for September. Contact the organisers for details (log in to see coordinators' contact details).

Niki and Jo    

dcn.surrey@gmail.com   

NEXT MEETUP:

Come along to join a socially distanced picnic on 19th September, 2020 midday onwards at Farnham Park, somewhere near the playpark area. Please email to RSVP so Niki and Jo know to expect you on dcn.surrey@gmail.com   

South East Sussex General

This is group meets regularly 3 times a year including family meetups and adult discussion groups.

 

Lesley and Kat

Sussex@dcnetwork.org   

South East Sussex Single women Group meeting up every 2-3 months in Brighton and Sussex locations. 

Emma    

sussex.solo@gmail.com

South East Thames Valley  General

General group – open to all. Ranging from thinkers and tryers to long-standing DCN members with near-adult offspring!  Meetings held four times a year, two evening meetups and two family picnics. 

Sarah and Emily

dcn.thamesvalley@gmail.com

South East Thames Valley Single women Aimed at thinkers & triers and mums of kids up to aged 10. Covering the Bucks, Berks, Oxon locations mainly. 

Ellie    

dcn.ThamesvalleySolo@outlook.com 

London Bromley General

Meetups for members in and around Bromley. Meetups take place in parks and members' homes. 

 

Laura    

bromley@dcnetwork.org 

London East General Meetups take place 3 times a year - at member's home or local park.

Jo

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org

London East Single women Non-DCN group, has a WhatsApp group you can join Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details
London LGBT subgroup Same sex couples and single LGBT  This is the general contact for LGBT members who wish to connect with others, London based, all UK welcome.    
Meetups at central locations in London.

Shoshana & Meredith

LGBTmeetup@dcnetwork.org

London South East General

Meetup for members in all family types - has 3-4 meetups a year with at least 2 adult meetups and a summer picnic. 

Yaél and Renée

southlondon.dcn@gmail.com

London South West General

They currently run summer picnics/meetups.

Catherine and Andrew

sw.london.dcn@gmail.com

London West General

This group meets four or five times a year for evening discussion groups plus a summer picnic and a meetup at softplay.    

Caroline    

dcn.westlondon@outlook.com

London North General Our longest running group, holds regular evening discussion groups 3 x yearly and two annual events, a summer picnic and a winter party. 

Albyn and Dominic

northlondon.dcn@gmail.com

To join the Zoom meeting go to this link

London Thinkers & tryers Single women

Thinkers and Tryers, considering or embarking on treament with sperm or double donation.

Ruihua    

dcn.thinkersandtryers.solo@gmail.com 

London Solo with babies 2012+ Single women

A London group for solo mums of children born 2012+ 

Fiona

dcnsolomumslondon2015@gmail.com

London Solo with babies 2015+ Single women A group for solo mums of children born 2015+

Clare     

dcnsolomumslondon2015@gmail.com

London Solo with babies born 2018+ Single women A group for women of children born 2018+. Running a members' WhatsApp you can join. 

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for details

 

South West & West England Bristol General

Group running again with regular meetups - at least twice yearly.

Saffron and Amy

bristoldcn@gmail.com

South West & West England Bristol Single women

There is a non-DCN group which you can join. They have a Facebook page which you can join.

Email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for more info
South West & West England Devon & Cornwall General    
South West & West England Devon & Cornwall Single women Group for solo mums in Devon and Cornwall. Also welcome mums-to-be to offer some companionship, with 3 meetings planned a year in a central location

Jane

dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for more info

South West & West England Hampshire General

This group has regular meetings 2 times yearly, with a coffee morning and weekend family gathering. Usually around the Winchester area. DCN also have a contact list for members in the area. 

Sally

hampshire.dcn@gmail.com

South West & West England Southampton Single women

New group 2020 - A group for solo mums, thinkers and tryers in the Wiltshire / Hampshire/ Dorset area.  All welcome.

 Next meetup: Socially distanced meetup on Sunday 23rd August at Itchen Valley country park.

Victoria    

dcn.southcoast@gmail.com

 

Date: Sunday 23rd August
Time: 1.30-4.30pm
dcn.southcoast@gmail.com

Ireland Irish regional group General

Welcomes parents of DC children and those exploring or in treatment. The group meets regularly with family events and adult discussion groups. WhatsApp & Facebook page available.

There are also regular meetups taking place for families with children of specific ages (one for newborn - age 4 and one for children 4+) set up by members who their origins. These groups have been set up by members and are mostly Dublin based. 

Kevin, Angela & Kiera

Ireland.dcnetwork@gmail.com 

Ireland West Ireland General A group of members who are in touch and arrange occasional meetups.  dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for more info
Ireland Ireland Single women There is a contact list for DCN members. You can also join the non-DCN Facebook group running for single women in Ireland by emailing smbcireland@gmail.com   dcngroups@dcnetwork.org for more info
Special interest group Older mums 45+ General  There is a contact list for older mums 45+ 

Forum listing

To join WhatsApp group email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org

Special interest group Asian ethincity & egg donation General  For members who have Asian ethnicity and are intending or have used egg donation, we have set up a contact list you can join.

To join email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org

Special interest group Known donor General For members who intend to/have used a known donor, not a family member

Forum listing

WhatsApp group link

Special interest group Intrafamilial donor General For members who intend to/have used a family member as their donor To be added to a contact list for members with intrafamilial donation, email dcngroups@dcnetwork.org
Special interest group Solo mums with pre/teens Single women A regular online chat for solo mums to talk about the joys and challenges of solo parenting through the teenage years To book into the next online chat, use this link
Special interest group Heterosexual couples using egg donation- thinkers/tryers and early years Heterosexual couples A regular online chat for heterosexual couples considering, trying for a baby or parents to young children through egg donation To book into the next online chat, use this link
Special interest group Single women- thinkers and tryers Single women A regular online chat for single women considering, trying for a baby through sperm or double donation To book into the next online chat, use this link
Special interest group Single women- Babies born 2020 Single women A chat space for new solo mums  To book into the next online chat, use this link