Events & Workshops

Workshops

We offer online and In-person workshops. Please check details when booking to see what kind of event it is.

Do email events@dcnetwork.org if you have any questions.

Are you considering donor conception?

Book onto our Preparation for Parenthood Workshops (or a 1-2-1 session if you are a lesbian couple).

Designed for those thinking about using donor conception to create their families, or those who have decided for sure to use this route but would like an opportunity to think through the implications before going ahead. We run separate events for single women, lesbian couples and heterosexual couples.

Information about Preparation for Parenthood Workshops for heterosexual couples and for single women

Book here

If no events are suitable you can register interest here to be informed if new options are added.

Details about 1-2-1 sessions for lesbian couples here

   

Do you have children 7yrs & under?

Book a Telling and Talking workshop

Designed for those who already have children conceived this way and who want to explore different ways to talk to their young children about their origins.

Telling and Talking Workshops 0-7yrs  - Details

Book here

If no events are suitable you can register interest here to be informed if new options are added.

 
   

Do you have children 8-12yrs?

Book a Telling and Talking workshop for parents of older children 8-12yrs and/or book your child onto one of our children's groups for this age.

At our national conferences (normally April and October) we offer a group for donor conceived children aged 8-12yrs, or non-donor conceived siblings in this age bracket. We also have a creative session called 'What Makes Me, Me?' that we currently run about our conferences and which is suitable for 8-15yr olds.

 

Telling and Talking Workshops 8-12yrs Details here or go straight to registering

 

Children's Groups

Details about the groups we run and register your child for the groups here

 

Other Events

National Family Conferences

DC Network holds two national member conferences a year, one in London in the Spring and one out-of-London in the Autumn. The conferences offer a chance for members to meet in small groups to discuss personal issues, as well as the opportunity to hear personal stories and talks from expert speakers. We normally offer our Children's Group (see section above) at our conferences. These are half-day workshops for donor conceived children or siblings of donor conceived children aged between 8 and 12yrs.

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel our 2020 conferences.due to the current situation. We will let members know as soon as we have news on when our next one will be.

DCN Member Support Groups

We have various smaller groups within the network to support families in specific situations. For example, we have a group for solo mums, lesbians, older mums and those who have used a family member as a donor. We also run online DCN Chats.  DCN Chats are volunteer-led online meetups. They offer a space for peer support and connection. We have a regular schedule of events, which is expanding and offers something for everyone. To see a list of our DCN Chats you will need to become a member. Members can see full details of the Chats by logging on and going to the DCN Chats section of the website in the members-only menu on the right..

Local Groups

DC Network volunteers organise local events and meetings around the country. To see a list of our DCN local groups you will need to become a member. Members can see full details of our groups and events by logging in and going to the Local Groups section of the website in the members-only menu on the right. If we don't have a group near you, you could start one. We have lots of things we can do to support you in getting a new group up and running. Contact us by phone or email to find out if there is a local group near you. Many of these groups have an online presence also.

View local groups and meetups

Events for Professionals

We also hold events for professionals. Click here to view details.