On Friday 2nd May 2008, staff from EDF Energy in Exeter spent a day with the donkeys on a team building exercise.
Every year EDF Energy allows the staff one day to take part in a "helping hands" activity. Jeanne Durston works within the Continuous Improvement Team in Exeter and it was her task to organise the challenge for this year. The team decided that they would like to help an animal charity so Jeanne arranged for them to visit the Sanctuary.
Alan Brown, manager at Trow Farm, did a comprehensive risk assessment and provided safety gear and training in:
- catching a donkey
- tying up a donkey
- basic donkey care.
Before the team had any 'hands on' experience, Alan and two of the grooms, Jen Littley and Kelly Gibbs, set up a demonstration on how to put a head collar on a donkey and how to make a quick release knot. Once the donkey was secure, the team were shown how to groom a donkey and basic care such as how to clean their eyes.
Alan said "They were all really keen and fit enough for the task. The staff really enjoyed it too. They groomed all of the Trow donkeys!."
Previously, the staff from EDF Energy had helped with weeding the willow beds, painting and other non-donkey related jobs.
Mandy Gloyn, who also works in the Continuous Improvement Team at Exeter, summed it up in her own words "Best 'helping hands' day ever. We really enjoyed it, the donkeys are just so lovely. I want to adopt them all! It was a really lovely day, with friendly, helpful staff making us welcome and encouraging us to take part. Alan and the two grooms couldn't have been nicer. Our whole team thoroughly enjoyed the day and talked about it for days after".
As well as all the staff enjoying their day, the donkeys really benefitted from the extra TLC they received from the day's pampering.
If your own company is interested in arranging a team building day here at the Sanctuary, please contact us.