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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.

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.

Miniature Donkeys in stable
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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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16 hours ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Sometimes the Minidonk volunteers get to let their hair down, get together and celebrate what we do. Thank you to all our amazing volunteers, some of whom could not join us today, and a big thank you to David and Jan for hosting our celebration lunch ...... we have come so far in such a short time, and could not have done any of it without these fabulous people. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Should we photoshop Hannah in? It was lovely to see everyone, a big thanks to all involved. Xx

Yes indeed Sarah McPherson but YOU are their inspiration and no one could do any of this without your love... leadership ... bless you all xxxxxxx

Was that Hannah hiding?

2 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Yee hah!! Happy Friday to you all. We had another volunteer induction morning yesterday. Two new volunteers left the yard with big smiles on their faces and 5 happy and well groomed little donkeys had a whizzzzz round the garden while we did some paperwork. We are having another volunteer session next Thursday, 24th Jan, 10-12.30 near Hempnall. If you have made a New Years resolution to get active, do some volunteering, help spread smiles and happiness, send us a message and find out about volunteering with us. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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The donkeys would have thorough enjoyed getting groomed x

3 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Good morning Minidonkers! We’ve got a couple of dates for your diaries. We are having a Minidonk fundraiser Flash Sale on Saturday 2nd February at Community Action Suffolk at The Kirkley Centre in Lowestoft from 10am - 1pm. This is a sale of good quality ladies clothing, bric a brac, donkey themed tombola and bake sale. Please note, the donkeys will not be present at this event, but it will be a great opportunity to grab a bargain or a delicious cake or two. On Saturday 6th April the whole Minidonk team will be outside The Forum in Norwich from 11am -3pm. You can meet the team, have a look round our new Owens Horseboxes Ltd lorry, sponsor one of the Minidonks, find out about volunteering with us, take a donkey-selfie and more. If you are one of our amazing donkey sponsors you can come into the enclosure with the donkeys and groom them and give them a cuddle, just remember to bring your sponsorship certificate with you. We will be posting up proper event details soon and we would love to see you at one or both of these events! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Faith Masendu

I said, “you can go out in the paddock if you behave yourselves. It’s still a bit sticky out there. No tearing around like whirlwind minidonks...” They said...... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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……..Yippee!!

Whatever mum ! 😂😂

Lucie Etheridge one day ours will do this x

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They look so happy💗

But they’re just too cute to stay cross with them!!

Yes mum no tearing around honest 😄😄😄

Sarah xxxxx

Yeeha Grandma...

Theres always one!!!😜🤪😃

Just love them 😘

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6 days ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

This morning some of the team, Alfie and Rubik went to Pakefield beach for a walk. This was their first beach outing - Alfie was very curious about the sand, Rubik was a bit unsure to start with and stayed close to Alf, but gained his confidence on the walk back. And they got to try out the new lorry. Big thank you to all that came and to Sarah for driving us! Enjoy the photos 😊 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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These photos have made my day💖

Cracking photos team! Xxx

What big brave boys you are ❤️❤️❤️

Lovely photos

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Aww... boys all grown up x

Had such a lovely time. Thank you xx

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1 week ago

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing

Hello Minidonkers!! The donks are taking a well earned rest in January, we are doing a bit of training with donks and volunteers, and we are having a bit of fun. We are taking bookings from February and have plenty of availability at the moment. So, if you are located in Norfolk or Suffolk, if you run a care home or community group, or would like a private visit from the Minidonks get in touch with us to lift those February blues. Our usual charges will apply, contact us for more information via email (info@minidonks.org.uk) or message us via FB to make some moments like these.... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Berry Williams😍

OMG what a lovely thing💞

Jazmin Wiles 😍

Jack Young

Lydia Agnes this is what I was talking about! 🦄🦄

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Another video of the training mat..... ... See MoreSee Less

Donkey cuddling went on today.... no pictures, but here is another video of the pesky training mat..... ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Have you sprayed it with the donkey version of catnip ?

Might be a silly question, but why do they need to be trained to stand on a piece of carpet?

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Feedback from previous visits

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

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!

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

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.

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

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

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’.

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

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 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.

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.

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

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