​We have gathered links to content on the site that you may find useful if you are an older vegetarian or someone caring for an older vegetarian. Please contact us if there is something you are looking for that you can’t find.

Information for older veggies

VfL is a UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older vegetarians and vegans. Since there are currently no fully vegetarian care homes in the UK, one of our major goals is to improve the standard of vegetarian and vegan catering in existing homes. Find out more about our Vision and Strategy here.

Our online community for older vegetarians and vegans to share comments, useful information and recipes, and ask any questions about a vegetarian diet. Also contains regular updates on VfL’s work. This section will build up over time, to include videos to accompany our Cooking on a Budget guide, a regular Life After Retirement? column, community notices, nutritional advice and more.

Please contact us for further information about any of our services, or for printed copies of our publications.


Looking for a veggie-friendly care home, or information about our grants for older vegetarians and vegans? Concerned about getting enough protein, or seeking tips to stimulate appetite? Here we present answers to our most frequently asked questions.

For older vegetarians and vegans who want to continue living independently, we offer grants to assist with financial hardship. Find out if you are eligible here.

Our guides on catering for older vegetarians and vegans, with relevant nutrition, recipes, and healthy living advice. Features catering and healthy living handbooks, tips on cooking on a budget, nutrition for older vegetarians and vegans and more.

Vegetarian and vegan recipe ideas, from easy recipes for one through to budget cookery and recipes with a festive twist. Great ideas for Burns Night and Valentine’s Day through to Easter, Halloween and Christmas.

There are excellent websites that list popular vegan ingredients. One website that we particularly like is Vegan Recipe Club.

And before you feel daunted about the number of ingredients on these lists, remember that you may already have some of them. Also, you do not need everything listed in order to cook a vegan meal. Start gradually and over time you will build up a range of ingredients that you are familiar with and use frequently.

​Find a ‘veggie-friendly’ care home, retirement complex, food supplier or other service that caters for older people and follows the VfL Code of Good Practice. We have veggie friendly UK List members in most parts of the United Kingdom.

Many leading supermarkets stock vegan products so you will not have to worry about having to research specialist suppliers. For a quick way to find out what vegan items your local supermarket stocks, try My Supermarket or The Vegan Womble.

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