Telling and Talking Workshop 8-12yrs

Telling and Talking workshop for those with children 8-12yrs

Open to all - DCN members and non members

This workshop is designed to help parents navigate the next stages of their family journey. It is for those who have already begun talking to their children about donor conception. If you have a child in this age group and haven't shared any details about their origins yet please contact the office as the first step

Who is it for?

This workshop is for all parents of donor-conceived children aged 8-12 years who have already started talking to their children about their donor-conceived origins. You may have previously attended our Talking and Telling workshop for younger children, but this is not necessary in order to take part in this one. The workshop is equally appropriate whether you had treatment in the UK or abroad, with a known, identifiable or anonymous donor (or donors) or if your treatment involved surrogacy. It is an opportunity to consider issues that your child is beginning to think about, and which may come up in the future.

• How do our hopes and anxieties impact on how we support our children, as they consider what donor conception means to them?

• How can we keep the lines of communication open? What information do we need and how can we access the experiences of others?

You may also be thinking about: the move to secondary school; how puberty and adolescence may affect your child’s view of being donor-conceived; your child’s donor(s) and genetically related half or full ‘siblings’; the impact of the new DNA testing companies. You may have other concerns that you would like to bring to the workshop. If you are part of a couple, we strongly recommend you attend together to get the best from the workshop.

Who runs the workshop?

At least two facilitators run each workshop; our facilitators are all long-standing members of DCN, have donor-conceived children themselves, either from treatment in the UK or abroad, and in addition bring wider relevant professional and personal experience.

What can I expect from the workshop?

It will provide a comfortable and confidential space to explore and share personal feelings and experiences. The group has a maximum size of 18 participants. You will receive an email pack of information in advance and you will get the most out of the workshop by reading the contents before you attend. Many participants choose to share their email addresses or phone numbers with each other at the end of the workshop and remain in touch.

When and where is it?

18 April 2020 - Southgate, London CANCELLED (The Children's Workshops will be running alongside in the same venue on this date )

If you have any questions as to whether this workshop will be appropriate for your family, please contact the DCN office on 020 7278 2608 or email, and a member of the DCN team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Unfiortunately, due to the current situation, we have cancelled this workshop. If you are interested in attending when we have rescheduled, please complete the online form and we will be in touch when a new date is set.


How much do they cost and what's included?


The cost from May 2020 wiil be: 

                                    -single person  £185 or £165 early bird*

                                    -couple             £330 or £290 early bird*


* early bird ends one month before the workshop date. Full price is charged for bookings less than a month before to cover venue changes

We do not seek to make a profit from the workshops but we have to cover our costs.  These are venue hire, facilitators' fees and expenses, training development and administrative costs.  The price includes refreshments, lunch and the information pack.  Unfortunately we are not able to provide childcare.

A month before the workshop date we will decide whether the numbers of booked attendees are sufficient, 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.

It is wise not to book travel or accommodation until we have confirmation of the numbers for each individual workshop.

Workshop Income

We offer two main workshops open to members and non-members, Preparation for Parenthood (for people considering donor conception) and Telling and Talking.

These workshops are very important in helping participants explore the issues related to donor conception relevant to their stage of parenthood. The prices we charge for these workshops reflect the costs of providing them and we do not make a profit. They are specialised, highly sensitive, professionally run events where we limit the numbers who attend to ensure everyone attending has a really personal and valuable experience. This makes them a little more expensive than some other workshops but we consider them to represent extremely good value for money and the feedback from those who attend confirms this.

How do I book?

Online booking form - Telling and Talking workshops for 8-12 years

Register using the link above.  You will then be sent details of how to pay.  Your booking is only secure once we have received payment.  If no date is suitable, you can use the form to express interest and we will contact you when new dates are added.

Following confirmation of your booking by email, and about two weeks prior to the workshop we will ask you to complete a short survey online.  This is a requirement of your attendance, and must be completed by each person (rather than each couple).  You will also complete a short feedback form before you leave the workshop.  Anonymised evaluations from these workshops may be used in DC Network materials or for funding applications.

Terms and Conditions of booking

For a full list of our terms and conditions, please click here.

What if my child isn't 8 yet?

We also run workshops for parents of children 0-7yrs– click here for further details.

More questions?

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