About Us

Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is a young and dynamic charity that was launched in 2008. Our vision is to improve the quality of life of the UK’s older vegetarians and vegans.

VfL was formed with resources from the Vegetarian Housing Association (VHA), which provided sheltered housing and meals to older vegetarians. VHA was established in the 1960s, but its activities became increasingly unviable because of changes in society. In 2007, VHA decided to wind down its housing activities and redirect its resources to funding the formation of Vegetarian for Life—a charity whose aims are in sympathy with those of VHA.

Our purpose, vision, goals, values and activities are reproduced below.



To help older vegetarians and vegans throughout the UK.


To improve the quality of life of the UK’s older vegetarians and vegans.


We aim to:

  • raise catering and food standards
  • encourage healthy living
  • promote independent living
  • foster understanding.


We are:

  • caring
  • business-like.

We operate:

  • with integrity
  • using resources effectively
  • respecting Equality and Diversity.

We believe:

  • a vegetarian lifestyle is compassionate, healthy and ‘green’
  • best results come through cooperation.


Our Patrons

Rose Elliot is a patron of Vegetarian for Life.

Rose Elliot Rose Elliot, the UK’s leading vegetarian cook and writer, has led the way in revolutionising vegetarian cooking and has played a key role in transforming the image, taste and popularity of vegetarian food.

Anthony Grayling is a patron of Vegetarian for Life.

Anthony Grayling Anthony Grayling MA, DPhil (Oxon), FRSL, FRSA is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He has written and edited over 30 books on philosophy and other subjects.


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