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We had a fantastic visit yesterday at a mental health service.
The staff really enjoyed coming out to pet the donkeys, and chat about them, while the residents were really excited to see them.
They helped us groom them, then walk them; all the while chatting away in the sun. It was such a laid back, enjoyable visit. We could really see people open up and feel their enjoyment for spending time with Saffron and Bo Peep - the very first donkeys we used for mental well being visits.
We can't always take photos at our visits, so instead of some from yesterday I have gone back to find some of our volunteers - who are all an amazing bunch of people.
They sing crazy songs in the truck, remember things you've forgotten and understand just how special it is.
Lisa W
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Wonderful and healing. That could be someone's first 'good day's for some time. Well done xx

Bravo the volunteers! Nothing like community singing to lift the spirits! ❣

You are all fantastic you help all to enjoy there day love xxx xxx 💘💘💘💘

God bless you the team bringing joy and love on your visits with the minidonks x Happy thoughtful Thursday everyone xx 💝🌞😎💝

❤️ ❤️

Where are you located, we would like to come and visit your minis

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Touch.
This invokes a lot of different feelings for people. 💕😟
Some people love a hug, a touch on the shoulder that says are you ok? 🤔
Other people really don’t like a hug, or maybe they do, but only at certain times and from certain people.

I think people need the closeness of a loving, healthy touch. This is where our donkeys are so perfect. 👏🏼
They do not demand anything. You can take your time with deciding if you want to pet them or not. The closeness from stroking a donkey though is sometimes the most amazing, miraculous thing to behold.

The face that held such unbelievable sorrow, now lit up wih pure joy! The speech that had stopped all together, now flowing.
The parent that had disappeared, now remembering who you and they are. The sadness banished to be replaced with laughter!
The person too scared to touch, becoming brave and just absolutely loving stroking them up close 👏🏼👏🏼

Miniature donkeys for wellbeing - this is what we do!
Lisa W
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Lives touched in such a wonderful way. Thank you.

Beautiful photos as always and a moving post thank you x we sometimes take things for granted and we need a nudge to realise that what minidonks do is to help people to take that step of a hug a pet or perhaps a gentle poke x you are all awesome x God bless you all xx 💝💝💝

We are working with the National Fostering Agency to bring a bit of Minidonk Magic to young people living in Foster care. We loved spending time in the forest and down by the river. All the Minidonk team members commented on how amazingly well the young people did with the donkeys. The really heartwarming things was the amount of hugs that the donks were happy to receive. Putting your arms around a donkey’s neck can be a threatening thing for a prey animal, but when the donkeys are comfortable with the person giving the hug, it is a true moment of mutual trust and love.
We can’t wait to work some more with this wonderful organisation.
Have a Terrific Tuesday!
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Lorraine Meecham Emma Sknnr Laura Sknnr

Weaving minidonk magic!❣

Lots of nuzzles to muzzles I’m sure x bless you all x Happy Tuesday everyone xx 💘💘💘

Rachael Turner xx

Love what you are doing, God bless you all.

The magic of Donkeys 💕 Bless all Therapets and their guardians 🙏💕🙏 Shared ~ Ariane

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We are loving our work with young people this summer. To see their reactions, to see their confidence grow through the duration of our visits. to see someone who does not want to touch a donkey, end up leading their donkey proudly round for everyone to see. Magic.
We have had to turn down quite a few visits this year due to soaring demand and the amount of days our donks can work.
We are now fully booked until 2023 - wowza!!! So if you want us to come and visit your group, care home, special school, day service, wedding, private or public event, please do get in touch with us now as our 2023 dates are starting to book up.
We always take January off. It is a well needed break for two and four legged members of the team, but we are taking bookings from February 2023 onwards.
Have a great week!
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Great pictures enjoy your day 😊

Totally agree that these are precious moments. They bring so much joy to everyone. Like you I love the magical moments when someone takes that step to conquer their fears and end up falling in love! Happy days x

These are fantastic pictures great job done by you all God Bless you all xxx xxx 💘💘💘💘

Love how you share your minidonk joy every morning too xx Thank you for taking pix and letting us join in on the periphery: cup of tea and a morning uplift for me every day! Thank you ❣

You all are joy bringers 💜 🙌 Bless you.

Always my first post on my newsfeed everyday YIPPEE x so look forward to the photos and your newsey post x thank you x amazing job you do God bless you all x Happy Monday 🌞🌞💕💕

This was such a great visit, with supportive staff. They do an AMAZING job helping to look after these kids and bring them new experiences. 💕

We would like to come and visit your sanctuary where abouts are you located?

we absolutely loved having you. Our children were still talking about it today. Thank you! 😁

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Houston, we have a problem! If you spot the young lady in the sunglasses😎 accompanied by a small grey/brown donkey, please call us.
Our lovely volunteer Claire, has fallen love, big time, with little Jack Rabbit. She spent most of the visit yesterday measuring her Fiat 500 to see if she could smuggle him home. Jack seemed to be as in love with Claire as she was with him 💗😍❤️
And isn’t it great when you get a new volunteer who brings the next generation of donkey whisperers with her? Big thanks to Hannah, Millie and Theo for helping out at the great event organised by Ormiston Families yesterday.
And don’t forget, see the post pinned to the top of the page for details of how to buy a ticket fir our Grand Raffle!,!
Day off today and then busy, busy, busy again next week. Have a serene Sunday. Xxxxxx
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Happy Sunday 😊

Heartwarming. Love it.

Jack rabbit is gorgeous❤

Enjoy your day too! 💕 xx

Beautiful photos lots of nuzzles with muzzles xx enjoy your Sunday xx 💝💝💝

Well they are adorable!

Mixed messages coming out of Minidonk HQ... Hollie said I could have him 🤷

So sweet😍

Jack Rabbit is adorable

she can't have him, we all love him too much at Thetford & District Dementia Support <3 he is such a little poppet xx

No Claire Dustan, he’s mine. And he fits in my car😂

Gorgeous!

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It’s here!!!
Our Grand Raffle is open. We have a whole load of truly awesome prizes - all have been made with love or donated with generosity.
The Draw is on 12th October at our coffee morning kindly hosted by Paris Back in Bergh Apton.
Tickets are only £2.00 and you can buy one or one hundred!!
Here’s how:
Go to our Justgiving page and donate any multiple of £2.00 and here’s the important bit, in the “leave a public comment” box, put your name and either a contact number or email address. We will then allocate your tickets and text or email you your ticket numbers.

www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/minidonks?utm_term=Zvvq6qbX2

Or
Email us at info@minidonks.org.uk with a request for the number of tickets you want and we will send your our bank details, PayPal details or cheque payment details to buy as many tickets as you want.

Tickets will also be on sale at our pop up shops at any of our public events between now and 12th October.

All prizes will be available to collect at our coffee morning on 12th October, or if you can’t make that, for collection from Minidonk HQ, which means you might get to meet the Minidonks at home!!!

We are very sorry but we cannot undertake to post prizes abroad, so if you are one of our international followers please feel free to make a donation or buy some tickets on the understanding that any prize won will be donated to one of the places we visit.
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What beautiful prizes! ❤️

Opportunities! 😁
This is a favourite word for us at Minidonks, and one which is integral to our donkeys learning and well being.
Occasionally, taking donkeys in to settings can be a little worrisome 😟 for some of them.
It might be a shiny floor, a line on the floor, a different coloured carpet, people who make more noise than others or move about a lot.
To help the donkeys with this the handler stays calm, comforts them 🥰 or gives them a break from it.

But also we use opportunities to do new things and things they want to do!
Sometimes after a visit we will take the donkeys into town, if we are very close, for a walk. This helps them to learn more about all types of people, while being able to walk about.

Also, if they see something that they want to go and investigate, we let them lead as to where they want to go. In this case, the beach! 🏖
Pixie was super keen to get down and look at it for quite some time, but not get near the water and she really enjoyed it.

I hope today you have some new opportunity to do something different, or even use an annoying experience as an opportunity for something better 💕
Lisa W
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Opportunities! 😁
This is a favourite word for us at Minidonks, and one which is integral to our donkeys learning and well being.
Occasionally, taking donkeys in to settings can be a little worrisome 😟 for some of them. 
It might be a shiny floor, a line on the floor, a different coloured carpet, people who make more noise than others or move about a lot. 
To help the donkeys with this the handler stays calm, comforts them 🥰 or gives them a break from it.

But also we use opportunities to do new things and things they want to do!
Sometimes after a visit we will take the donkeys into town, if we are very close, for a walk. This helps them to learn more about all types of people, while being able to walk about.

Also, if they see something that they want to go and investigate, we let them lead as to where they want to go. In this case, the beach! 🏖
Pixie was super keen to get down and look at it for quite some time, but not get near the water  and she really enjoyed it.

I hope today you have some new opportunity to do something different, or even use an annoying experience as an opportunity for something better 💕
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Love the photo of the little boy. So good to capture that moment.

Hope you all have a fun Friday and again thank you for the photos x the minidonks melt my heart xx 💝💝💝

Love the pictures hope you all have a great day xxx xxx 💘💘💘💘

Love it

I love this organization that Love and Respect Donkeys 💕 Shared ~ Ariane

Wow. So lovely

These are the donkeys that were at Rockfest Wendy Wright

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Earlier this week we visited a holiday 🏖 club in Wymondham.
The staff were amazing and the kids really delightful.

Each group came out to groom the donkeys, then walk the donkeys. While the donkeys had a rest in the pen before the next group came out, the kids sat around the outside to draw or colour in the donkeys!

They listened really well to the facts about donkeys and did an amazing job drawing and colouring, as you can see💕

Saffy LOVED having a bottom scratch 🥰

It was such a special visit - everybody really loved it. We had great conversations, while all of the kids waited really well for their turn and chatted with us while they did so. 👍🏼
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These are beautiful pictures bless you all xxx xxx 💘💘💘💘

Aww bless everyone looks so happy 😊

Lovely to have littlies meet with the Minidonks. And aren't their pictures a blast?! Thank you for working this trip in xx❤ Important to meet and learn to respect animals. Xx

What an amazing visit the holiday club had to meet the awesome minidonks and hoomans x one to never forget x wish I had been at the holiday club 🙂 x Happy thoughtful Thursday xx 💝💝💝

What a lovely day ☺

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Feedback from previous visits

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.

Thank you, they were amazing. The patients 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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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!

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.

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