Claire Wiscombe, secretary to our Health and Safety Advisor, recently visited El Refugio del Burrito, our rescue centre in Spain, and wanted to share her experience whilst there. Over to Claire...
During my recent visit to El Refugio del Burrito I joined in with a school visit of around 120 children aged 6-8 years old. I was very lucky to be invited to join the children in the paddock to have hands on experience with the donkeys. I was very glad to have Danny (farm manager) and Coral (welfare assistant) in the paddock to help with the questions from the children asked in fluent Spanish.
During the school visit there were different activities so the children could learn as much as possible about donkeys, and how to look after them including a great show and tell by Monica (farm worker) and Dora (office assistant), about what would you feed the donkeys. Jam or straw? Whilst Rafael (PR/fundraising) took the children on a special tour of the rescue centre, and answered many questions from the keen learners. The children had a special treat as a special Burrito came for a visit.
I thoroughly enjoyed my school experience at El Refugio del Burrito. A massive thank you to all the staff that made the day a huge success and all 120 children left with big smiles as they boarded their coaches back to school, which is the best feedback from a great day.
It is surprising what a Health and Safety assistant can do during an audit!