At our conferences, DC Network offers a creative session for donor conceived children and teens called What Makes Me, Me?.
This is a half day activity, run by a qualified Art Therapist. The groups are generally divided by age, grouping 8-12yr olds (school years 4-7) and 13-16yrs olds (school years 8-11). The session starts with some warms ups and getting to know you activities. The children then think about their family, hobbies, interests, pets, talents, friends and any important elements in their lives and express that through an art project. We suggest using an image such as a tree, representing them in terms of their ‘roots, trunk and branches’, and they can create a picture or 3-D structure or anything they feel drawn to. The role and/or place of the donor can be included, as they wish, but there is no pressure.
Bring your own story!
This is a relaxed, fun session encouraging everyone to interpret the idea their own way. They don’t have to be ‘arty’ or creative and lots of resources and support will be available. The group size will be limited and materials will be provided.
Express interest for children's activities for 2022 using this online form
Natalie is an experienced Art Therapist who works with young people and adults with a variety of issues and needs. After working for many years in the NHS, she is now an independent practitioner and co-director of her own therapy centre. Natalie has been a member of the DCN for almost 3 years and runs the East Anglia General Group. She is also mum to a daughter conceived via egg donation.