The main site is now an education centre for schools from across the Island and from visiting schools from other parts of the UK. It is particularly helpful to the needs of 4 – 13 year olds and has produced a number of curriculum materials for those youngsters to work with. We run ‘Classroom in a stable’ programmes where youngsters do thematic work in a barn or stable alongside practical activities that are run on the farm. The centre can be used for Environmental Science or Art and Craft work, while there is the opportunity to work in the outdoors on National Curriculum Maths and English.
The Sanctuary works closely with the Isle of Wight College and Sparsholt College and is involved on work experience programmes for students at those institutions.
Charity and Partnership Work
The Sanctuary has excellent relationships with groups who recognise the therapeutic value of donkeys!
Local charities and groups, such as the Hampton Trust, or national organisations such as the Stroke Association work with the Sanctuary in a variety of ways. Some bring groups down to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Sanctuary whilst others work on a practical basis – for example, stroke patients grooming donkeys to help improve movement in their arms.
Partners and ‘Friends of the Sanctuary’ include St John’s Church Wroxall, Wroxall Primary School (whose classes are named after our adoption donkeys), The Bay Primary School and Gattan & Lake Primary School.
Commercial partners include Betapak, Medina Foods, Sarsen Press, Island Treasure, Suki Products, Travis Perkins, JR Fencing, Reads and Reynolds and Berry Electrical.