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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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What a lovely return visit the boys had today to Woodside House in Norwich! They were met with so many smiles and compliments. We were told the boys were beautiful 🥰. A gentleman said we had made his day. And the boys were filmed with another gentleman, to send to his grandchildren in Australia! A great morning had by all. No photos, but here is Rubik rolling at home - best with sound 😊. ... See MoreSee Less

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I've missed the boys. Made my day xx

Oh the joy of a good roll...!!!

Missed you guys but we were thin on the ground at The Clare School.

Absolutely beautiful ♥️

Can’t believe where the time is going..... another busy week ahead for the Minidonk team. Steph and the boys are heading to one of our regular Norwich haunts tomorrow while the MD is taking two of the girls to The Clare School Summer party. Team Leader Tim is taking a team to Kesgrave on Tuesday. On Wednesday Bo Peep, Pippin, Pixie and Millie are off to the vets for their annual boosters and dental checks (just at the right time for our gappy little Pixie!) Thursday we are off to Felixstowe,Donks are very excited at the prospect of a stroll along the prom and an 🍦! Then on Friday we have an exciting visit to Carlton Marshes where we will be meeting the Lowestoft crew from The Befriending Scheme, followed by a flying visit to the lovely people at Lydia Eva Court. Phew... what a week that will be, but don’t worry, the visits are shared out amongst the donkeys and volunteers, so no one is overworked. Here are the girls at bedtime today....and Pixie’s gappy smile again. Have a good week Minidonkers. ... See MoreSee Less

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What a lovely, busy and emotionally rewarding week ahead. Lots of love and luck ❤️💜💙💖♥️💞

Long old day today. We were at the most fabulously well organised Poringland Fete. We met a lot of people, cuddled a lot of puppies, sold a lot of delicious cakes and biscuits. We made new friends, told a lot of people about our work. The girls were all very well behaved, our volunteers were great (as they always are) and we raised over £166. Donkeys all tucked up in bed now..... ... See MoreSee Less

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We met the mini donks on Saturday at the Poringland Fete! They were the best. Are you ever looking for extra volunteers? x

Well done all. Glad you had a great day xx

Looks great and congratulations on money

If you are wondering what to do tomorrow, why not come along to Poringland fete from 12-5pm. There will be Minidonks (hooray!) and cake!!! Two of the very best things in life. We are absolutely blown away by the talent and generosity of our volunteers. We have Minidonk cupcakes, Bo Peep and Millie ginger biscuits, rocky road, triple choc fudge cake, honey cake made with local honey..... and so much more. Come and see us, buy some cake, have a go on our tombola and you will be supporting us to deliver visits like our one to Burlingham House today ...... ... See MoreSee Less

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Good luck gorgeous Team Mini Donk and their fabulous volunteers - hope you make lots of money ❤️❤️❤️

3 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

And more of what we were doing today.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Look at you go fab Team Mini Donk - you're going from strength to strength and making so many people happy in the process - you and your volunteers are totally awesome ❤️❤️❤️

Thank you so much! We all loved it!

Love what you do..

3 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

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What a cracking visit today. We were at Shipdham Manor with Pixie and Pippin. We spent a lot of the visit just chillin' with the girls. There were several residents, us volunteers, the donks and various members of staff, all sitting in the sun and shade, watching the donks give and get various cuddles, listening to them munching on their hay and generally just enjoying a bit of equine and human company. No pictures from today's visit but it was a really special one! Pixie had a visit from her very own tooth fairy in the form of our volunteer Lisa, who magicked out a pesky loose front tooth! ... See MoreSee Less

What a cracking visit today. We were at Shipdham Manor with Pixie and Pippin. We spent a lot of the visit just chillin with the girls. There were several residents, us volunteers, the donks and various members of staff, all sitting in the sun and shade, watching the donks give and get various cuddles, listening to them munching on their hay and generally just enjoying a bit of equine and human company. No pictures from todays visit but it was a really special one! Pixie had a visit from her very own tooth fairy in the form of our volunteer Lisa, who magicked out a pesky loose front tooth!

It was Pixie’s birthday yesterday. She was 3 years old. Like most donkey 3 year olds she is getting her adult teeth through and I wanted to wait until I got a picture of her happy birthday smile...... Happy Birthday Pixie. Xxxxx ... See MoreSee Less

It was Pixie’s birthday yesterday. She was 3 years old. Like most donkey 3 year olds she is getting her adult teeth through and I wanted to wait until I got a picture of her happy birthday smile...... Happy Birthday Pixie. Xxxxx

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Happy birthday Pixie Poo! Love you lots 🥕🥕🥕

Cracking gnashers there Pixie! Happy Birthday xx

Happy Birthday sweetheart 🥳😍😘

Happy birthday for yesterday Pixie 🥕 xx

Happy Birthday beautiful girl! 🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕🥕x

Happy birthday gorgeous girl. I’ll bring your present tomorrow!

Happy birthday Pixie! 💕🎂🎁💕

Happy BD darling Pixie 🍰🍦🎂🍨🍉🍊🍉🍊

Happy Birthday Pixie! 🥕🥕🍎🍏

Happy birthday Pixie 🥂

Happy Birthday Pixie 🥕🥕🥕🎂

Happy birthday for yesterday pixie 🍎🥕 x

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Feedback from previous visits

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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’.

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.

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

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!

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

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

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.

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

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.

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