The Donkey Sanctuary is a UK based animal charity working worldwide for a world where donkeys and mules live free from suffering and their contribution to humanity is fully valued. The Donkey Sanctuary works to transform the quality of life for donkeys, mules and people worldwide through greater understanding, collaboration and support, and by promoting lasting, mutually life-enhancing relationships.
The Donkey Sanctuary supports projects in 27 countries worldwide to improve donkey welfare and promote the value of donkeys to humanity. Part of our core work is to provide Donkey Assisted Therapy to help those in need. Our network of six specialist Donkey Assisted Therapy centres throughout the UK provide nearly 50,000 therapy sessions to children every year and support outreach services to enable vulnerable adults to benefit from the therapeutic aspects of contact with donkeys.
We are currently expanding our therapy work worldwide and are supporting projects in Romania, Spain and Ethiopia, with an ambition to expand Donkey Assisted Therapy by ten further projects internationally by 2018.
To help us further understand, promote and focus our work in this area The Donkey Sanctuary is interested in funding research in to measuring the clinical outcomes of donkey assisted therapy in children with autism. It is envisaged that the research funded will use both qualitative and quantitative research methods and will focus on clinical outcomes for children directly related to their interaction with donkeys, Donkey Assisted Therapy centres and associated staff.
Proposals are invited for a study to be carried out in conjunction with The Donkey Sanctuary.
Applications are encouraged from multi-disciplinary groups; applicants should be from an appropriate academic background with a proven track record in a relevant area of study.
Applicants are advised to contact our Research Department in the first instance to discuss applications and receive relevant proposal guidelines.