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Due to the current restrictions in place to contain the spread of coronavirus, we have suspended all our wellbeing visits. We have postponed all our public visits in line with government guidance.  We will  resume visits as soon as it is safe to do so, and will continue to follow all relevant government guidance. We are issuing daily "virtual visits" via our Facebook page to keep in touch with the special people that we visit and the staff who care for them. We send our best wishes to everyone working to keep vulnerable safe at this difficult time.

We appreciate any support you can provide us with at this difficult time. You can Browse our Minidonks MerchandiseSponsor one of our Minidonks, and you can Make a donation via our Justgiving page.

Any support you can give will mean that we will be here, ready and poised to carry on our life enhancing work, just as soon as it is safe to do so.
Thank you.

What do we do?

We bring our gentle and friendly miniature donkeys to your community group, voluntary organisation, dementia group or special needs group.

We are based in South Norfolk and operate across Norfolk and Suffolk. Basically, we visit anywhere where a mood boosting donkey visit would help people with their wellbeing.

If you want our donkeys to come to a Wedding, Private Party, Event or even a Funeral we can do that too.

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Why do we do it?

Having worked with family carers professionally and having been a family carer for two parents with dementia, the group’s founder knows firsthand how stress can be relieved by spending time with these beautiful animals.

Sarah lost her mum to dementia in April 2017 and took the decision to set up a social enterprise to bring the benefits of interacting with mini donkeys to as wide an audience as possible.

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How do you book a visit?

If you would like to find out more about how our visits work or would like to book a visit, you can e-mail us, give us a call or download a booking form.

Our visits do book up quite quickly and if you have a specific date in mind (wedding, summer fete, special birthday) call us to reserve your date. Bookings are confirmed on receipt of a completed booking form.

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Happy Monday! We’ve been giving the boys buckets of hay and straw in the mornings, to fill their little tummies, before they go out on the grass in the afternoons! Almost every day, Alf decides it’s much better to throw the bucket around and then eat the contents. He’s such a pickle! ... See MoreSee Less

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Good morning to you all 😊❤️

Ah they are adorable bless them and good morning all xxx xxx 💝💝💝

It's fun

Is it possible to visit the donkeys ?

The best bit is always at the bottom so my horse tells me!

Rubik is our boy - much better table manners, so well brought up! 😜

Likes to do it his way

Happy Monday, weather lovely again today, have a great day x ❤🐾🥰

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Good morning Minidonkers! We hope you are having a great day. We did some more walking with our wonderful volunteers and as it was a showery day we tested out some Minidonk raincoats. May the showers stay away from you and the sunshine shine! ... See MoreSee Less

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Morning all, Love the mini donkeys coats fabulous xx 💖🐾❤💞

Happy Saturday to you all x lovely to see the donks enjoying their walks xxx 💖💖

Beautiful pictures and I love the coats hope you all have a great day bless you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝💝

So cute!🥰

Love this ☺️

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The boys are raring to go! They can’t wait for it to be Monday when they have the volunteers come back to their yard, for the first time, to do some grooming and walking! So looking forward to being able to share with you more pictures like these ❤️ ... See MoreSee Less

The boys are raring to go! They can’t wait for it to be Monday when they have the volunteers come back to their yard, for the first time, to do some grooming and walking! So looking forward to being able to share with you more pictures like these ❤️Image attachmentImage attachment

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Happy Friday everyone and especially the donkeys xx ❤🐾

Looking forward to meeting the boys soon.

Very special post today. Yesterday we took Pippin and Pixie to see Greg, a very special friend, who we first met back in 2017. Greg lives with an acquired brain injury and was taking part in an intensive assessment process. We were asked to take the donks along as part of the process and we were delighted to be able to agree, with an outdoor visit and face masks. I cannot tell you how emotional it was for us to be out with the donks again. We are now in a position to be able to open up, gradually, with outdoor visits, for no more than 6 people, until the Covid rules allow for larger groups. If you have made contact with us about visits, we will be contacting you over the coming weeks. Please do bear with us, we are a small team, but will get back to you as soon as we can. If you want to know more, email us, info@minidonks.org.uk
Huge thanks to Greg and his family, and to Hollie and Tim for making our first visit such a happy one...... and of course Pippin and Pixie, our Minidonk superstars.
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Very special post today. Yesterday we took Pippin and Pixie to see Greg, a very special friend, who we first met back in 2017. Greg lives with an acquired brain injury and was taking part in an intensive assessment process. We were asked to take the donks along as part of the process and we were delighted to be able to agree, with an outdoor visit and face masks. I cannot tell you how emotional it was for us to be out with the donks again. We are now in a position to be able to open up, gradually, with outdoor visits, for no more than 6 people, until the Covid rules allow for larger groups. If you have made contact with us about visits, we will be contacting you over the coming weeks. Please do bear with us, we are a small team, but will get back to you as soon as we can. If you want to know more, email us, info@minidonks.org.uk
Huge thanks to Greg and his family, and to Hollie and Tim for making our first visit such a happy one...... and of course Pippin and Pixie, our Minidonk superstars.Image attachment

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Such great news that you are back on the road again. So pleased for you all 😊xx

What special people you are 💕

Aww bless that's lovely, have a lovely day x ❤🐾

That is so lovely to see and glad you all enjoyed your time out x bless you all xxx 💘💘💘

How lovely for you to be able to get out again. 💕

Thank you

So pleased for Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing and those fortunate to get a visit. Phew! 👏🥰🙌

Lovely to see the Donks doing what they do best, sharing the love and enjoying it too.

Amazing! 😍 We will definitely be making an enquiry for All Hallows 💗

Bless these Donkeys and their guardians 💕 The gentle nature of Donkeys make them excellent Therapets. Shared on my For the Love of Donkeys page.

Awesome.

That's lovely

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It is wonderful Wednesday today! We have had some amazing support from a brilliant company, Wordwall. They are sponsoring us by funding a crew cab pickup truck. This will allow us to deliver more visits, take the Minidonk shop out and about, tow our muck trailer and carry up to 5 people to visits. It will mean that we really will be able to maximise our impact as soon as we can get going again. We really cannot thank them enough, and one of the company directors had this to say,
“When I spoke to you the real purpose of your organisation really came across and it was that conversation that motivated me to ensure you got the full amount. I wish you the best of luck and I imagine your clients have been having a tough year, so will be very much appreciating these visits.”
So now we need your help! Do you know any car dealers who would be willing to help us find the next donkmobile? We are looking for a crew cab pickup, seating 5 adults, as new as possible, as low mileage as possible, decent engine size for pulling power, with a tow bar and solid top on the back. Happy to discuss our budget with anyone who wants to do us a fantastic deal! And if they need any persuading- these photos are a reminder of why we do what we do.
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Fantastic pictures looks like everyone had a great time bless you all xxx xxx 💝💝💝💝

Lovely pictures xx ❤🐾

Booyah! Yeeha. What a great company. 🥰

That wonderful news, some lovely kind people about , thank you Wordwall ❤️xxx

Wonderful news Sarah. So pleased for you all 😍😄xx

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Terrific Tuesday! Donks were set loose in the garden yesterday to eat up some long lush grass. They were only out for 30 minutes, as too much, too soon can lead to stomach upsets and even laminitis. But it is so satisfying to see six happy little donkeys munching away. I took 30 minutes for myself and sat with them with a coffee and a book. The grass was obviously very good but Jack, Millie and Pippin all took time out from eating to just come and stand next to me for cuddles. Take care everyone, and have your own quiet moment today, doing something just for you. Xxx ... See MoreSee Less

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Aww bless, have a lovely day x ❤🥰🐾

Bless them they are adorable xxx 💘💘💘

How wonderful to see them xx

How lovely. X

How lovely... hopefully aiming to do that with 3 sunbathing dogs this afternoon! Although they'll be no therapeutic munching noises! x

Good to see them enjoying the sunshine and grass 😊

Lovely to see them enjoying the grass and you getting to chill with them x

How wonderful ❤

who needs a lawnmower eh

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Feedback from previous visits

We were delighted with your visit, all ages and abilities loved the friendly donkeys.

My mum is one of the residents you refer to. I visited her this evening, words are a struggle but she was definitely trying to tell me about the donkeys! Thank you so much for visiting her.

The donkeys came to visit our tenants and Pippin went into the room of a very poorly lady. The look on her face was priceless. Thank you for bringing some joy and love to our setting.

You get smiles where nothing else can – thank you so much

The main highlight has to be with one resident who never leaves her bedroom. This lady suffers from dementia and the donkeys visited her in her bedroom. As soon as she saw them her face lit up. She absolutely loved them.

You kindly took two little donkeys into my wife’s room, to say it made our day is very much an understatement, in fact my wife said ‘it is something I will never forget’.

You guys (most of all the donkeys) are awesome. Bringing joy and happiness to people who can’t get out easily. Keep up the good work

Your visit encouraged the residents outside into the sunshine. They enjoyed stroking and interacting with the donkeys as well as chatting to each other. So nice to see them enjoying themselves. Thank you.

Thank you, they were amazing. The patients loved them.

It was all fantastic but the room visits were the best. Had me in tears the reactions we had.

Pixie and Bo Peep were the best behaved donkeys ever, our residents thoroughly enjoyed their visit… I cannot recommend Sarah, her donkeys and fabulous volunteers enough.

It was the most special visit for our residents, staff and extended families. Thank you so much.

Amazing reactions of residents, especially those with restricted communication. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Smiles all round, thank you.

The residents enjoyed interacting with the donkeys and being able to touch them. They were interested to hear all about them and they loved them being in the lounge as most of the residents are not able to get outside.

Highlights were being able to have the donkeys up close even for residents nursed in bed, to be able to tell residents’ families about the visit and have photos to show them. Sarah and volunteers went out of their way to make it a special visit. More visits, more donkeys, we love you!

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