Donkey Therapy UK & Ireland

Donkey Therapy
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Donkey Therapy UK & Ireland 

Research has shown that spending time with donkeys has enormous therapeutic benefits. For children with disabilities, riding therapy donkeys provides a unique opportunity to improve their strength and coordination as well as boosting their confidence and self-esteem.

Donkeys are naturally calm animals. Their slow and steady presence gives a feeling of security and comfort to the poorly, the elderly and those feeling vulnerable or suffering from emotional difficulties.

Touching, grooming and cuddling donkeys is a great social facilitator, allowing people to relax and feel a sense of nurturing and connection. 

Links are provided – just click on the name…

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DONKEY THERAPY in the UK

The Donkey Sanctuary Assisted Therapy Centre 

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Donkey assisted therapy for children and adults with additional needs and therapeutic visits to care homes in the local community from centres in Belfast, Birmingham, Ivybridge, Leeds, Manchester and Sidmouth. The donkeys prove to be a great stimulation and provide valuable assisted therapy to residents. 

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Author Charlotte Sullivan and Mo, the Donkey

DONKEY THERAPY in the MIDLANDS

Mo the Donkey Herefordshire. Book and television star Moses the donkey and his doggy friends offer interactive animal encounters, therapy sessions for young people, care home visits and educational workshops. 

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Miniature Wellbeing Donkeys

DONKEY THERAPY in the EAST of ENGLAND

Miniature Donkeys for Wellbeing Norfolk & Suffolk. Gentle and friendly miniature donkey visits to community groups, voluntary organisations, dementia and special needs groups. The donkeys help boost mood and wellbeing. Wellbeing Walks are offered in beautiful countryside or the donkeys can come to your private event or party. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in SOUTH EAST ENGLAND

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

donkeysanc_logo_2015-page-0Donkeys are a great source of stimulation and provide comfort and calmness to people who take part in therapy sessions. Our donkeys have worked with people who have been struck down with a variety of illnesses including strokes, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease and dementia. Donkeys love the attention they get from these visits and this is very much a two-way therapy! 


Hayling Island Donkeys Gentle, patient, calming and therapeutic donkeys available for visits to nursing homes. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in SOUTH WEST ENGLAND

Danny Donkey & Pals Somerset & UK-wide. Specially trained donkeys available to visit schools, hospitals and care homes to interact with children and adults with special needs, those who are ill and the elderly. These gentle and friendly donkeys are trained to go into wards and bedrooms so even bedridden people can meet, stroke and feed them and they rarely fail to raise a smile. 


Weymouth Donkeys Donkeys available for therapeutic visits to schools, private homes, churches and residential homes. The donkeys bring many benefits and some unexpected results from patients: some smile, speak or come out of their room when they don’t usually. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in WALES

Amelia Trust Farm Barry. Set in 160 acres in the beautiful Vale of Glamorgan, this small charity supports disadvantaged and vulnerable young people through alternative education and community engagement, including therapeutic activities with donkeys. 


Dyfi Donkeys Machynlleth, Powys. An EAQ approved centre offering donkey assisted learning for children and adults with learning, emotional or mental difficulties. Sessions take a Person Centred Approach and are overseen by a trained facilitator. 


Mike’s Donkeys Wales & UK-wide

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For those who are light enough to ride the donkeys, riding has many physical benefits, including improving balance, co-ordination and strength. Therapy sessions are adapted to suite the rider’s needs. 

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Jenny's Donkeys Donkey Hire UK

DONKEY THERAPY in SCOTLAND

Jenny’s Donkeys Aberdeenshire, Scotland & UK-wide. Fully-licensed, specially trained indoor donkeys available for care home visits, hospital calls and spending time at special needs schools where the donkey’s loving, kind and quiet nature provides emotional and physical benefits to all. Well cared for donkeys, always accompanied by fully trained staff. 

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DONKEY THERAPY in the REPUBLIC of IRELAND

Hairy Henry Therapeutic Riding & Care Farm County Cork

Hairy Henry logoTherapeutic horse riding and care farming on a small farm in the magical rural setting of West Cork, promoting mental and physical health and emotional well-being. People have the opportunity to spend time with, and work with different animals on the farm, including donkeys, as well as exploring the natural environment on the farm. Fully trained staff help people of all ages with movement, experiential learning and communication.

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