The Donkey Sanctuary has many reasons to celebrate National Volunteer’s Week, which runs from June 1st to June 7th.
On Monday it was announced that The Donkey Sanctuary Manchester has won this year’s Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service - the most prestigious award for voluntary service and the equivalent of an MBE. The award celebrates projects that help people get involved in their local community.
Hot on the heels of this announcement the charity welcomed a group of volunteers from Exeter University Accommodation Office. They came and helped tame bracken at the Sidmouth site to encourage more biodiversity, and helped with other site management tasks.
This was one of many fantastic opportunities for the charity to engage local organisations in its environmental management programme and its animal welfare and visitor education work- and an opportunity that was savoured by the office-based group of administrators!
Volunteers are extremely important to The Donkey Sanctuary. The charity has over 700 helpers who give their time for free, helping run its donkey assisted therapy centres, helping with donkey care on its farms, as tour guides and with an extensive environmental management programme in keeping with the charity’s Natural England Higher Level Stewardship role.
The volunteers’ efforts were celebrated this week with a tea party and skittles match at the charity’s Sidmouth headquarters.