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Minidonks – Making people smile

The story of how Minidonks are carrying on making people smile, even when they can’t visit

The Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing team would normally be at the busiest part of their year right now. They would be out and about with their herd of adorable, friendly miniature donkeys, visiting people in settings as diverse as care homes, day centres, dementia groups and special schools. As they can’t visit due the pandemic, they came up with the idea of Minidonk Activity Packs, full of over 30 creative and fun things to do, for all ages. They applied to the Coronavirus Community Support Fund and were awarded funding to get 500 packs made and sent out to care homes.

The response has been brilliant! Care home residents are loving the activities, working together to make the special donkey doo recipe (don’t worry, chocolate crispy rice cakes and a bit of fun!), enjoying a bit of mindful mandala colouring or seeing how many words you can make out the phrase, “Miniature donkeys for wellbeing”. You will have to go a long way to beat Norma from Norwich who has found 1,273 words and is still going!

The packs have been so well received by care home activity coordinators who desperately need different activities to keep residents occupied while visiting by family and friends is still very limited. One said, “This is just brilliant, it will keep us busy for days, thank you so much!”

Minidonk MD, Sarah McPherson says:

“The whole team are missing our visits so much, including the donkeys! We can’t wait until it is safe to get out visiting again, but until we can, we are so happy that with thanks to the Government, and The Coronavirus Community Support Fund, we have been able to spread a little bit more Minidonk magic.”