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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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Lucky Donkeys. They have all earned a pamper session

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A big thank you going out today to The Douglas and Joanne Chapman Animal Trust. We have got our poo trailer - hooray!! Just needing to do do a few modifications and get a ramp sorted, then we will be away. No more bags of 💩 to fill and cart and empty! ... See MoreSee Less

A big thank you going out today to The Douglas and Joanne Chapman Animal Trust. We have got our poo trailer - hooray!! Just needing to do do a few modifications and get a ramp sorted, then we will be away. No more bags of 💩 to fill and cart and empty!Image attachmentImage attachment

2 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Happy donkeys = happy residents = happy volunteers = happy staff. A big thank you to Brooklands at Costessey for having us back for the third time. We all loved it and were touched by the reactions of your lovely residents. Thank you to our amazing volunteers - an exceptional crew! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy donkeys = happy residents = happy volunteers = happy staff. A big thank you to Brooklands at Costessey for having us back for the third time. We all loved it and were touched by the reactions of your lovely residents. Thank you to our amazing volunteers - an exceptional crew!

We are privileged to have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund via the People's Projects competition. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to The National Lottery for allowing people to have a say in funding amazing projects like Minidonks!
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We are privileged to have been funded by The National Lottery Community Fund via the Peoples Projects competition. Thank you to everyone who voted for us and to The National Lottery for allowing people to have a say in funding amazing projects like Minidonks!
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We had another volunteer induction session this morning with 8 new recruits to the Minidonk family. We had so much fun, everyone learned something, new friendships were made and lots of donkey cuddles were had. After the session ended some of the new volunteers were able to stay behind and help us give the donks a bath! ... See MoreSee Less

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I’m so happy mini donks for wellbeing is going from strength to strength! 🤗

Thank you for a brilliant morning.... such fun washing the donks who were so good and seemed to enjoy their spa experience 😃 xx

I so wish I was closer - I'd love to be a Team Mini Donk volunteer. Great job volunteers you are the life blood of the awesome Team Mini Donk ❤️❤️❤️

Love this, looks like so much fun!!! Made me think I must bath the boys soon!!!

Nonnie Jones this is the mini donkeys group I told you about xxx

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Happy donkeys = happy residents = happy volunteers = happy staff. A big thank you to Brooklands at Costessey for having us back for the third time. We all loved it and were touched by the reactions of your lovely residents. Thank you to our amazing volunteers - an exceptional crew! ... See MoreSee Less

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The National Lottery Community Fund - just wanted you to see this post of a recent visit - it has now been seen by over 13,000 people. Thank you for supporting us to make more happy memories like these.

Loud applause to this facility for inviting the donkeys in. I wish more places provided THIS kind of enrichment and love for their residents. ❤️

This warms and breaks my heart all at the same time. Bless you for bringing some stimulation and variety to these elders lives. 💔❤️

That is what Junebug and I love to do . ❤️

Such joyous pictures x

Wonderful!! 😍

Diane Yeomans 😍

Dara Osborne. Mary Murphy

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We are very proud to be supporting Norfolk Disability Pride this year. We will be with them at The Forum on Sunday 29th September for an amazing day of celebration, information and fun! But before that, they are having a fundraising gig on 4th July at The Garage in Norwich - looks amazing - go along and have some fun!!
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We are very proud to be supporting Norfolk Disability Pride this year. We will be with them at The Forum on Sunday 29th September for an amazing day of celebration, information and fun! But before that, they are having a fundraising gig on 4th July at The Garage in Norwich - looks amazing - go along and have some fun!!
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6 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Lovely pictures from our visit to GYGYC yesterday....At last nights session we surprised the young people with special guest visitors thanks to the fabulous team at Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing.
Yes we had mini donks!! The young people were very excited and eager to get involved. As you can see by the small selection of photographs, they all had a lovely session and seeing their happy smiling faces was brilliant. A huge thank you to all the team at Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing for bringing them down to see us. We hope to see you again soon 😉
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Two of my favourite community projects in one place.

Thank you for the joy that you bring to so many different age groups

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Feedback from previous visits

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

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 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’.

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.

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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!

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

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