Vegetarian for Life

Meet the UK care homes committed to veggie catering excellence: National Vegetarian Week, 10–16 May 2021

Posted by Georgia on 01/04/21 in Articles, VfL News and Events

Staggering figures show that residents following a vegan diet in UK residential care homes have risen by 167 per cent since 2014.

But this National Vegetarian Week is a chance to reflect on how well prepared your care facility would be for an influx of vegan or vegetarian residents.

There are currently more than 11,000 care homes for older people in the UK – between them catering for over 7,000 vegans and vegetarians. Almost 1 in 6 of these homes are now committed to veggie catering excellence, via membership of charity Vegetarian for Life’s UK List.

Amanda Woodvine, Chief Executive of Vegetarian for Life, cautions: “By not demonstrating that they are veggie-friendly, many care establishments are missing out on new, potential residents. But becoming a Vegetarian for Life UK List member is a great way to demonstrate this. Plus you’ll be joining some of the UK’s leading care homes and food suppliers, committed to providing the best possible catering for your vegan and vegetarian residents.

“Once signed up, you will be kept regularly updated with expert support and news. Both free and premium membership options are available – and many of Vegetarian for Life’s core services are offered completely free of charge.”

Some of the charity’s most inspiring members have shared their exclusive stories and tips. Click on the links below to find out more.


Nick Dutton, Operations Manager at Primrose Bank Care Home and Deputy Chair of the National Association of Care Catering

Steve Dale, Head Chef, Moreton Centre, St Matthew’s Health Care

Leni Wood, Nutrition and Wellness Manager, Nellsar Care Homes

Sophie Murray, Head of Nutrition and Hydration, Sunrise Senior Living

Simon Lawrence, Head of Hospitality and Culinary at Avery Healthcare


Vegetarian for Life has also produced ten fun activities and training ideas to mark National Vegetarian Week 2021.


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