On 12 September 2015 The Donkey Sanctuary celebrates 21-years of providing donkey assisted therapy to children in Sutton Park, Birmingham.
Since opening on 12 September 1994, The Donkey Sanctuary team of riding instructors, grooms and volunteers have worked alongside the donkeys to tailor therapy rides for children with a wide range of additional needs. Over the centre’s 21 years, children of all ages have enjoyed rides, cart riding, grooming and cuddling their four legged donkey friends.
Its work also extends to providing mobile visits to schools and meeting residents of nursing and residential homes. In return rescued donkeys like Shocks, have found their own sanctuary, enjoying the human interaction donkey assisted therapy brings.
Sue Brennan, Birmingham Centre Manager says; “We are so proud that our donkeys have helped give thousands of smiles to children in the Midlands. Along with this the donkeys have proved no end of times that they can enrich lives through outreach visits to nursing and residential homes”.
From a few local schools 21 years ago, the Centre is now affiliated with 20 schools in the Birmingham area, as well as looking to expand the reach to children undergoing social and emotional difficulties at the centre and through mobile visits.