To celebrate Vegetarian Week 2023, charity Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is launching a new grant scheme for care settings with a focus on quality of life.
With Vegetarian Week running from 15-21 May, VfL, the UK care charity working exclusively for older vegans and vegetarians, is making grants available to support care initiatives that improve life for older people in a way that recognises specifically the importance to them of being vegan/vegetarian.
The charity is welcoming applications from care settings providing support to one or more older people who are vegan/vegetarian. Applications can be submitted by anyone working or volunteering within the care setting and are also welcomed from others who provide ongoing support, such as family and friends.
Especially welcome are applications that demonstrate engagement between the older person(s), care staff, families, and/or the wider community. Proposals may focus on the life of one older person or a group. Grants will be awarded on a rolling programme to applicants judged to have submitted the best proposals to enhance the lives of older vegans/vegetarians.
Chair of the Vegetarian for Life board, Dr Barbara Sharp, said: “Being vegan or vegetarian is much more than a dietary choice – it is often 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 decisions are an important aspect of personal identity and integral to a good quality of life when you are vegan/vegetarian.”