Surrogacy Conference 2019 – Bookings Open

Bookings Now Open

We will be holding the Surrogacy UK 2019 Conference at the Jurys Inn, Hinckley Island, Leicestershire, on Saturday 21st September 2019. It will start promptly at 9:00am.  Please arrive half an hour early so we can book you in. There will be tea and coffee available from 8:30am.

To book your place, please complete the online booking form which can be accessed using the link below. You may prefer to copy and paste the link into a new browser window; if you click on it you will be directed away from this page.

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Payments for places need to be made online by debit or credit card at time of booking; all bookings are strictly non-refundable.

The conference fee includes all the seminars, entertainment, and lunch on Saturday. Booking will close on 31st August 2018; there are special Early Bird rates for bookings made by 31st May 2018.

Venue Information

Jurys Inn Hinckley Island

Watling Street

Hinckley

LE10 3JA

01455 631 122

Jurys Inn Hinckley

A limited number of rooms have been reserved for conference delegates until 9th August 2019, after this date any rooms not booked will be released for general sale. The price is £95 per night, including breakfast (single occupancy) or £105 per night, including breakfast (double occupancy). To make a reservation please contact the hotel directly on 08704 100 800 quoting “SURROG200919”.

Different rates may be available through other online booking sites.

Those who stay at the hotel will be able to use the hotel’s leisure facilities. Please see hotel website for further details. Free car parking is available at the hotel for all conference delegates.

Children are most welcome at the conference and we are pleased to offer childcare throughout the day for just £15 per child. This is being provided by All Events Childcare whose staff are all fully qualified, insured, and DBS checked. You can find more information on their website All Events Childcare. They will have a room at the conference especially for their use and will have lots of books, toys, games, and crafts set up to keep the children entertained.

The childcare will be available from 9.00am until 4.00pm; parents/guardians can take their children in and out of the room throughout the day. No child can access or leave the room without being signed in and out by their parents/guardians.

Only children who have been booked into the childcare will have access to the children’s room and facilities in it. Use of the childcare must be booked in advance on the conference booking form; booking and payment cannot be taken on the day. All Events Childcare can care for a maximum of 50 children and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. They can care for children ages 0-16 but advise the activities and toys provided are most suitable for children under 11 years old.

If the childcare is already fully booked when you complete the booking form please email your children’s names and ages to Events and they will be added to the waiting list. We will let you know if there are any cancellations and spaces become available, but this cannot be guaranteed.

All Events Childcare also offer a babysitting service during the evening, please contact them directly for more details.

Children who have not been booked into the childcare remain the responsibility of their parents/guardians at all times.

If you have any queries please contact Events.

Evening Buffet

For delegates wishing to stay for the event quiz there will be an option for you to indicate your interest for an evening buffet which will be provided by the hotel. Subject to numbers the price for the event buffet will be £15 per person and we will require payment 6 weeks prior to the event. Please indicate your interest at the time of booking through eventbrite.

DONOR CONCEPTION NETWORK: TELLING AND TALKING WORKSHOP

OPEN TO ALL – DCN MEMBERS AND NON-MEMBERS

We have the exciting opportunity for you to book a DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy workshop session that is tailored specifically for surrogacy. This session runs from 9.35am-5.10pm and the numbers are strictly limited. You can read more about the DCN here https://www.dcnetwork.org/

This year DCN is presenting a day-long Telling and Talking Workshop alongside Surrogacy UK’s Conference.

DC Network has been running workshops both for those who are thinking about creating their family using donor gametes and for those who already have young children, for over 10 years. If you are a family through surrogacy and have used donated eggs and/or sperm, then this is a great opportunity to explore the issues involved in explaining to your children what this means.

WHO IS THE WORKSHOP FOR?

It’s for everyone who has children aged 0-7 born through surrogacy and who have used donated eggs, sperm or both. All family types are welcome. The workshop is equally appropriate whether your surrogacy journey was in the UK or abroad, and whether your donor(s) were known, identifiable or anonymous.

You may be wondering how to start talking to your child both about their surrogacy and donor-conceived origins. Alternatively, you may have already begun this process and would like to explore what may come up in the future.

If you are part of a couple, we strongly recommend you attend together; if you are single, you can come alone, or bring a family member or friend. In order to ensure that everyone has the maximum opportunity to get what they want from the day, the maximum number of attendees will be 18. (There will also be a minimum number, of around 10 people).

WHO RUNS THE WORKSHOP?

There will be two DCN facilitators, one male and one female. One facilitator has a child through surrogacy, and both are long-standing members of DCN with their own donor-conceived children; they bring a huge amount of professional and personal experience.

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE WORKSHOP?

The workshop will provide a comfortable and confidential space to explore personal feelings and experiences. We will focus on the impact of these feelings on how we share information about surrogacy and donor conception, both with our children and family and friends. We look at why it’s important to feel comfortable with this subject, and reflect on our hopes and anxieties about it. There are opportunities to discuss and practice what you might say in these situations to enable you to grow in confidence. You will also receive an email pack of information in advance of the workshop.

Those who attend DCN workshops always feed back to us how much they have gained from sharing their experiences, hopes and concerns with others in the group. As one delegate put it:

‘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!’

If you would like to attend this workshop, please add a DCN workshop ticket to your order

If you have any queries please contact the events team at events@surrogacyuk.org.

We look forward to seeing you on the day.

From All The Trustees

Agenda

8.30am-9am Registration and refreshments

9am-9.15am Welcome and introductions

9.15am-9.35am SUK update/how you can help

9.35am-10.20am Introduction to Surrogacy, What next for Surrogacy UK, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

10.20am-11am (repeated workshops) Surrogacy and the Law, IVF for Beginners, Natural IVF – an alternative for surrogacy, Straight Surrogacy, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

11am-11.30am Morning break

11.30am-12.15pm How to get the best out of Surrogacy UK as an IP, Surrogates and Surrogate Partners – How to support each other, Supporting each other on longer journeys (IPs), Best practice for professionals, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

12.15-1.15pm Combining the wishes of Surrogates and IPs – her body our baby, Surrogate workshop, Surrogate partner workshop, Best practice for professionals, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

1.15pm-2.15pm Lunch

2.15pm-2.55pm (repeated workshops) Surrogacy and the Law, IVF for Beginners, Natural IVF – an alternative for surrogacy, Straight Surrogacy, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

2.55pm-3.55pm IF same sex workshop, IF heterosexual workshop, IM workshop, Communication, contact, control – common issues and how to solve them (surrogates), DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

3.55pm-4.25pm Afternoon break

4.25pm-5.10pm Supporting surrogates families – How to include surrogate partners and surrogates children, DCN: Telling and Talking Parents through Surrogacy

5.10pm-6pm – It Worked/Round up

6pm-8pm Evening break/Optional Buffet

8pm onwards Quiz/Disco/Social event

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