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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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The Minidonks are enjoying life and feeling very Springy!! If you want a little bit of Minidonk magic in your life, come and see us at The Forum in Norwich on 6th April. We can’t promise sunshine and rolly pollies but you will get to meet the entire team, including our very special Saffron.... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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R...I won't be there by 6th April...but it won't be long now xx

Sarah Goulding

How cute, and we would love to meet the Minidonks in Norwich x

Lorraine Edwards we need to go see these in the 6th April ❤️

Yasmin Walley 😉

Teresa Kelly. Joe Cooper. We need to go see these 😍

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Minidonk fun in the sun! Our hormonal little donkeys had a good run around our friends Vivian and Bob’s sand school. The girls say thank you very much and Happy Saturday to everyone. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Nothing nicer than seeing Horses or Donkeys enjoying a run about . ❤️

How lovely x

Good morning Minidonkers!! I have two bits of breaking news for you. First of all, little Miss Millie is practising her hee haw. It is hilarious 🤣 She sounds like a cross between a goose and a sheep at the moment. I will be trying to catch it on video and will share as soon as I get it on camera. Secondly, we have something very very exciting coming up. We can’t say any more at the moment, but would strongly suggest that if you are in the Eastern region, you watch the evening news on Anglia TV on Thursday 28th March (and no, it is nothing to do with Brexit!!!) In the mean time here are a few donkey springtime hi jinks for you. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well I hope to get to Norfolk and see these lovelies for myself very soon x

Madeleine Grace Mikkelsen 😍

Is there any way of sharing the news afterwards?

Hello there Minidonkers! Minidonk HQ has broadband again. Hoorrrraaayyyy..... I will not bore you any more about how rubbish BT have been but will tell you all about how our plans are coming on for the year ahead. Firstly, we are building up to a very busy year of visits. We have visits coming up in Dereham, Attleborough, Aylsham, Heacham, Kings Lynn, Stowmarket..... and that’s just March and half of April. We will be delivering public visits at The Forum in Norwich on Saturday 6th April and at Wymondham Abbey on Palm Sunday, 14th April, and Knodishall Church on Easter Sunday, 21st April. We would love to see you all. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Full of laughs and characters x

Wonderful xxx

We can’t wait to see you at Knodishall Methodist church on Easter Sunday 😊😊

And here are a few photos of our visit today....... ... See MoreSee Less

Started out the day stressed, upset, frustrated and angry. Yes, I’d been on the phone to BT again!! Finishing the day feeling blessed, blissful, fulfilled and oh so proud. We were with some truly wonderful people, staff and residents at Sidegate nursing home in Ipswich. What a beautiful atmosphere, Lydia, Christina and the rest of the team really make a true family atmosphere. They know their residents inside out and do everything to make sure they are happy. Because their lift was out of order some residents were extra reluctant to come down to see the donkeys. We used our precious IPad to take a video of Christina introducing the minidonks to the upstairs residents, then took it upstairs to play to them. It worked a treat, so much so that one resident asked to be brought downstairs so she could meet the donkeys in person. Thanks to Norfolk Community Foundation and Bernard Matthews Ltd who gave us a grant for new IT equipment last year. Here is Christina in action.... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Thank you so much for today!. I fell in love with Pippin and was so greatful to you for letting me groom her. To see my mum groom her was even more special!. You have some amazing animals!. Thank you so much! :)

Norfolk Community Foundation thank you making this possible through administering the Bernard Matthews Foundation grants. It really made a great difference to lots of people today.

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Try going to sky for broadband they can do it and won't let you down

Wonderful

Wendy Fisher

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Beyond angry now..... BT have still not fixed our broadband issue (am at a friend’s house using theirs). I can’t reply properly to emails, access Facebook, print, use my computer fully and so on...... so, apologies to you all. This is a really crucial time for us at Minidonks. We have some exciting news coming up, that we will be able to share on 28th March, and needless to say, losing two whole working weeks (and counting) is just about the worst thing that could have happened at this point. The earliest we will now get service restored is Thursday. Please can everyone cross their fingers for us!! Here’s Miss Millie leaving the house the other day..... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Oh I’m so sorry. We had that problem. In the end moved to Vodafone. Our super fast is now even better!

I sincerely hope they get their act together, sound advice on sending the CEO an email, hope it gets sorted soon

Oh no 🤦‍♀️ at least you have donkeys to keep you happy 😆 xxx

Get the email of the chief exec it worked for us with talk talk

Fingers crossed Team Mini Donk - have a good visit tomorrow ❤️❤️❤️

... not exactly in a hurry...haha x

When we had problems I threatened to cancel and they miraculously fixed the three month old issue x

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Afternoon Minidonkers! Minidonk HQ should have broadband back very soon. Very sorry if you are awaiting replies from us - we will get back to you ASAP! Here’s Alf trying to help me earlier putting his head collar on. ... See MoreSee Less

Afternoon Minidonkers! Minidonk HQ should have broadband back very soon. Very sorry if you are awaiting replies from us - we will get back to you ASAP! Here’s Alf trying to help me earlier putting his head collar on.
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Feedback from previous visits

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!

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

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.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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

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.

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.

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