Conferences and Meetups

National Family Conferences

From the very first year the charity was founded, nearly 30 years ago, the organisation has always run a conference twice a year to give members the opportunity to spend a day with other DC families and prospective families, focussed on DC topics. We know how important and valuable these events are. 

The team are determined that, government permitting, we will get back to normal in 2022.  As such, we are excited to announce that we are planning our next London conference for Saturday 23rd April 2022 and an autumn conference October 2022 in Bristol (date for Bristol still to be confirmed).

The spring conference will be our usual mix of panel presentations, personal stories, small discussion groups and social time. In addition to refreshments, we will include lunch to keep the day running smoothly.

We will have a creche on-site and plan to offer various activities for children 8yrs+ and teens and will also be inviting DC adults 18yrs+ with something specific for them too.

If you’ve been to a conference before, you will know how great they are. If you haven’t been before we will be providing more details about the day when these have been finalised. Booking forms will go out after Christmas so this is simply an early announcement that our conferences are back and to SAVE THE DATE 23rd April 2022.

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 Meetups

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 here. 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.