To celebrate National Vegetarian Week 2023, charity Vegetarian for Life (VfL) has launched a new grant for care settings, with a focus on quality
VfL is the UK care charity working exclusively for older vegans and vegetarians. Chair of the VfL board, Dr Barbara Sharp, explains more about the scheme.
Aim of the new Vegetarian for Life Care Award for Care Settings
Whilst the charity already recognises excellence in care catering, this new scheme has a different focus. The new grant will support care initiatives that improve life for older people, while recognising the importance of them being vegan or vegetarian.
Being vegan or vegetarian is much more than a dietary choice – it is core to an older person’s ethical, spiritual and philosophical beliefs. Many things across a person’s lifespan will have influenced such personal choices and practices. These beliefs are an important aspect of personal identity and integral to a veg*n's quality of life.
Who can apply and when?
Applications must be from a care setting that provides support to one or more older people who are vegan or vegetarian. Applications are welcomed from anyone working or volunteering within the care setting, or from those providing ongoing support, such as family and friends.
We would especially welcome applications that demonstrate engagement between the older person(s), care staff, families and/or the wider community. Proposals may focus on the life of either one, or a group of older people.
Grants will be awarded on a rolling programme to applicants judged to have submitted the best proposals which enhance the lives of older vegans and vegetarians. The call for applications and submission dates will be advertised across care sector networks, social media and detailed on the Vegetarian for Life website.
VfL is keen to encourage creativity, so only the essential criteria and some broad indicators are provided, to assist your application:
Here is some further guidance which may help you to complete your application:
Submitting your proposal
Please use only the VfL form specific to this grant award and return it to the address provided.
What happens next?
Each application will be judged on its individual merit by the Trustees of VfL, whose decision is final.
You will be notified of the outcome via email within 4 weeks of the completed application being submitted.
For further information:
Email: email@example.com or call 0161 257 0887.
You can read more about the award here.