Talking Mats

Talking Mats: Vegetarians and vegans living in care settings

“Talking Mats enhance the joy of work, when I know how I can give the right care. The conversations support a closer relationship between residents & care givers.”

"The Mats allowed us to… stay on conversation by pictures and by keeping things on the Mat to refer to… it was a really nice one-to-one time… their whole demeanour afterwards was amazing, completely different, really calm, really engaged, really alert." 

Talking Mats is an innovative, award-winning communication tool, based on extensive research and designed by Speech and Language Therapists.

Talking Mats is a powerful framework for supporting people with a range of conditions, such as dementia and stroke. It supports people to think through issues and express their views in a visual way.

This vegetarian/vegan resource has been developed for use with people living in residential or nursing care. There are four food-related topics with specially designed symbols: 

  • Values
  • Lifestyle
  • My Dietary Choice
  • My Eating Experience

Learn more about these topics here.

Talking Mats Foundation Training and the exclusive vegetarian and vegan card resource are now available from our online shop

For more information on the vegetarian and vegan Talking Mats, contact