Look on the Bright Side

Adult & Family Weekend Conference
Fri 20 - Sun 22 October 2017
(Adults with Albinism Activity day on Thurs 19/Fri 20th)
Final programme now available

The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, DE55 1AU (Map)

The Hayes Conference Centre

We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for Albinism Fellowship's 2017 adult & family weekend conference.

The theme of this year's conference is 'Look on the Bright Side!' That is to say that whilst recognising the difficulites and issues there can be associated with having albinism, a focus on the bright side of life can lead us to look at the solutions available to us and the positives there are or can be in our lives. Humour is also a great coping mechanism so there's a bit of that in our choice of theme, recognising the impact of and association with bright light & glare for those affected by albinism!

The Venue

Due to its popularity the event is being held again at The Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire.

The Hayes is easily accessible by car from the M1, Nottingham, Derby and Chesterfield. For those arriving by public transport, it is a short taxi ride from Alfreton station on the railway line between Nottingham and Sheffield.
See The Hayes website for more information about the venue and directions.

Presentations and talks


The main family weekend conference runs between 2pm on Friday 20th October - 2pm on Sunday 22nd October.

There will be talks on all kinds of topics related to albinism, activities for kids, teens and adults, social gatherings, exhibitors, a creche, great friendly company in a welcoming, positive, sociable and supportive environment.

Download the Programme (Also featuring Adults with Albinism Activity Day)

Sessions will include:

The semi-formal programme is surrounded by lots of informal opportunities to meet and socialise with other families affected by albinism and there is family entertainment planned including from musicians with personal experience of albinism and a fun activity on sight loss challenges.

Children & Young People

Kids At Heart will again be providing a creche for children, allowing the kids to have fun and make friends while parents attend the educational sessions and discussion groups.

There will also be an exciting programme for children & young people including:

Adults with Albinism Activity Day

New for 2017, is an optional pre-conference 'Adults with Albinism' only activity day from 12pm Thursday 19th October to 2pm on Friday 20th October.
This will include a fun crate-stacking activity, other sociable group activities and discussions groups.

See the Provisional Programme for full details and timings.

Bookings & Accommodation

Activities for younger children


Conference fees for 2017 are:

Fees for the weekend conference include accommodation for Friday & Saturday nights, in a range of single, twin, double rooms (please state preference when booking), and all meals.
Fees for the 'Adults with Albinism' day include accommodation on the Thursday night, Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast/lunch.

If you are on a low income that makes it difficult or impossible to attend the event the Fellowship has a small bursary fund that will consider applications for support on an individual basis. To apply for support please email chair@albinism.org.uk.

Further Information

If you have any questions, would like to suggest session topics, help with the event in some way, or require additional information including about exhibition or sponsorship opportunities please contact us at conference@albinism.org.uk.

Dancing on the Saturday night in 2017

Ireland Albinism Conference 2016

Thanks to everyone who attended the Ireland Conference in Dublin on 12th November. We hope that everyone enjoyed the day.
A full report will appear soon.