(This Article was previously published on blogspot in August 2014)
The building and grounds are tucked into the park 10 minutes walk from Town Gate in The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.
I knew of the work of the Donkey Sanctuary from my childhood, my grandmother had always told me stories of donkeys that were rescued by founder Doctor Elisabeth Svendsen MBE whose legacy includes Slade Farm in Sidmouth, Devon.
Today, on the edge of Birmingham in the UK’s largest urban public park is the Donkey Assisted Therapy Centre. Built in 1994 this is one of several Donkey Assisted Therapy Centres in the UK and provides a home to about 20 donkeys. It’s open 7 days a week from 10am-3pm.
This is also a place for children with additional needs to spend quality time getting to know the donkeys. Inside the centre are several paddocks, stables, both indoor and outdoor riding grounds, a light therapy room, a children’s play area and a small shop.
The centre is a great place for children to visit and just get to see the donkeys close up. You can even give the donkeys a brush down with one of their favourite brushes.
Its very easy to see the passion and excitement that the people who work at the centre have for the donkeys themselves. This passion and excitement is passed onto the children and young people that come to visit the centre.
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