Annual Conference 2017

We would love you to be part of our annual conference this year. The work we are all involved in through the centres is a great privilege, as we bring care and compassion to people experiencing pregnancy crisis, termination or pregnancy loss. It is also a demanding and costly work. As workers, we all need times to regroup, to be equipped and refreshed, and to be envisioned again for the season ahead.

This year we expect our conference to be both thought-provoking and restorative, invigorating us again with fresh excitement about all that we have been called to in our centres. Come and be inspired! We draw great encouragement from being together and building friendships; getting constructive insight from the teaching and discussions in the seminar programme; and strength from uniting and keeping our mission focus.

Please prioritise this day together. It will be lovely to see you there!

Judy and Ali

Essential Information

Date and Time: Saturday 18th November 2016, 9:30am to 5pm

Location: Carrs Lane Conference Centre, Birmingham, B4 7SX

Who is it for?  Anybody connected with your centre is welcome – volunteers, staff, centre leaders, admin, school’s workers, trustees, fundraisers, counsellors – everyone!  Exhibition space is also available if you have a related project to showcase. (Please contact PCN for further details of how to exhibit.)

Catering: Lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge

Certification: CPD certificates will be available for all delegates completing the full day. Get the most from the day, don’t short-change yourself by leaving early. If you are booking trains please book them for after 5pm.

Price: We have kept the cost the same as last year at £45 plus a £3.38 booking fee per person. This is great value for a packed day of CPD, national networking opportunities and inspiring celebration. 

Booking: Enter the number of tickets you require in the space below. Then click 'Order Now' to continue your booking in our ticket purchase system.

Programme for the day
Main Session 1
Main Session 2
Seminar 1
Seminar 2

Main Sessions

The main sessions are an opportunity to celebrate what’s been happening around the UK, to be encouraged and inspired by the speakers, Judy McGibbon and Ali Thompson, to worship and pray together, and to hear about the latest developments in PCN. In between the main sessions and the seminars there will be plenty of time to catch up with each another during the breaks and over a fabulous lunch!

Seminar Programme

This year we have put together a seminar programme covering a range of CPD and resource topics. Each seminar will enable a flow of ideas and teaching, with time for discussion. There will be six seminars, with topics being repeated so you can choose to attend any two seminars. You will need to select your seminars for each session when you book your tickets so we can allocate the right size room to each seminar. (If you are booking tickets for other people, make sure you have their seminar choices ready!)

1.  Data Protection: Staying Inside the Law

Maureen Chaffe

In 2018 the law is changing and the practicalities around data protection in each centre will need to be reviewed in the light of these changes. Maureen Chaffe has many years experience helping organisations and businesses to comply with the law. Come and get practical, down-to-earth advice!

2.  Getting into Schools

Anna Harris

Getting into schools can be hard work. Who do you contact? What do you say? How do you communicate what your centre can offer? How do you tailor it to the school's needs? How do you fund it? Who should lead it? And many more questions answered!

3.  Counselling for Diagnosis of Fetal Abnormality

Prof John Wyatt and Dr Susan Barnes

Counselling people who have been given an antenatal diagnosis of fetal abnormality requires an understanding of the special issues involved. These are 'wanted pregnancies' often at an advanced gestation. Termination will involve giving birth in most cases and the decision to do so can be agonising. This seminar will provide insights into the special issues involved, both pre and post termination.

4.  Fundraising that Works

Helen Turley

Every centre is faced with the ongoing challenge of fundraising. Here are some great ways to raise money, which are achievable whatever the size of your team.

5.  Flexible Training Options

Paquita Sanges

This seminar will showcase a training course that the Welsh centres have developed. Paquita and her training team have produced material that draws together all the elements of crisis pregnancy training and the essential counselling skills into a new format. Come and hear how this could be an option for equipping your team.

6.  Recruiting Volunteers

Catherine Kimbangi

Maintaining and growing your team is a constant pressure of centre life. How do you reach new people and appeal to them? How do you envision them, train them, integrate them and grow them? How do you keep your current team equipped and excited? How do you create a team that is responsive to the needs of your community? Come and get some great ideas.