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Can your business cater well and ethically for older vegans and vegetarians? Fully-funded expertise is now available The popularity of vegan and vegetarian diets is growing at an unprecedented rate in the UK. Are you equipped to cater for the rising number of vegans and vegetarians? Or do they pass your business by and take their custom elsewhere?

1 in 3 Brits have stopped or reduced their meat consumption

Increase in demand for meat-free food in 2017. Going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend of 2018


Older people (65 to 79 years) are leading the way.


They are twice as likely to have reduced their meat consumption as 18- to 24-year-olds

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Increase in the number of UK vegans in the last decade

Leading the way for care facilities and food suppliers It is important that the care sector responds to the increasing demand for vegan and vegetarian dishes. Vegetarian for Life is here to help you successfully meet the challenge. Vegetarian for Life is the leading authority on diet and healthy living advice for older vegans and vegetarians. One of the charity’s major goals is to improve the standard of vegan and vegetarian catering by promoting its UK List – a directory of care facilities and food suppliers that follow its best practice guide, pledging to cater well and ethically for older vegans and vegetarians. If you cater for older vegans or vegetarians, our team of nutritionists and roving chefs can deliver fully-funded, bespoke caterer training for you, in-house – no matter where you are in the UK. Whether you're after a speaker for an in-house nutrition seminar, or someone to deliver a college lecture series, VfL has the resources to help. We can also give your team access to our free 8-week webinar training series, entitled ‘care catering for vegetarians and vegans’. Furthermore, if you’d like to be known as the very best, we can heavily subsidise full-day care caterer training courses. These are delivered at the prestigious Vegetarian Society Cookery School in Altrincham, and Demuths Vegetarian Cookery School in Bath – all for just £25 per person. Training can cover a wide variety of topics, including: ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓ ✓

Dietary diversity and inclusivity in the care sector What is and is not suitable for vegetarians and vegans Principles of plant-based nutrition for older adults Understanding the needs of vegetarian and vegan residents Working with meat and dairy alternatives Mastering new ingredients e.g. tofu/lentils Hospital catering Menu planning and recipes Adapting traditional recipes Vegetarian and vegan food fortification methods How to cater for vegetarian and vegan residents

Our training includes practical demonstrations and the opportunity to taste the food.


Facebook: VfLUK Twitter: @VfL_UK Tel: 0161 257 0887 83 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JQ Vegetarian for Life is a charity registered in England and Wales, number 1120687 Company number 6294709

Here’s what past attendees have said: Feedback forms show that 93% of participants rate the Demuths’ one-day caterer training 5 out of 5, and go on to introduce new meals and tasting sessions for their residents.

The course gave them confidence at meal planning and in meeting residents’ nutritional needs. Now they are more confident not only at catering for vegetarian residents, but also for those who prefer to eat less meat as they age. Geraldine Gilpin, Abbeyfield in Northern Ireland

George Sampson, Head of Hospitality, MHA.

These courses have helped a number of our staff members to provide more variety for vegetarians. We are very happy that they have helped us to improve our person-centred care at excellent value for money.

This training should be an essential part of all care chefs’ training to fully understand the intricacies of vegetarian and vegan diets. Every head chef in a care home should have this training.

Sandra Brown, Hospitality Specialist North West & Wales, HC-One

Thank you for a great workshop. I found the day very informative and the information valuable.

Christopher Dean, Director of Procurement, Sunrise Senior Living

Could you benefit from our training? Test your knowledge here and find out how much you know about vegetarian and vegan diets. (Find the answers on the booking form overleaf.)

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Vegan options are suitable for which of the following people? A) Most people B) Only people who eat a vegan diet C) People with allergies to animal products

What are some of the best plant-based sources of protein? A) Fruit, potatoes and seeds B) Pulses, soya products and peanuts C) Leafy green vegetables, nuts and grains

Vegan options tend to be... A) ...lower in fibre and lower in saturated fat B) ...higher in fibre and lower in saturated fat C) ...higher in fibre and higher in saturated fat

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Generally, why do people choose a vegan diet? A) Dislike of meat, eggs, milk and honey B) Concerns about animals, the environment and/or health C) Desire to reduce dietary intake

Which of these ingredients are suitable for vegans? A) Worcestershire sauce B) Bird's custard powder C) Jus-Rol pastry 3 D) Basil pesto

TRAINING BOOKING FORM Please complete the booking form and return to Vegetarian for Life, 83 Ducie Street, Manchester M1 2JQ. We will do our best to accommodate your training requests. Contact name__________________________________________________________________________ Contact number ________________________________________________________________________ Contact email address ___________________________________________________________________ Type of organisation _____________________________________________________________________ Address including postcode ______________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ What training are you interested in? (Please tick all options you’re interested in) ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑ ❑

Bespoke chef training in-house Dietary diversity in the care sector – if I get dementia, will they serve me meat? Guest lecture (nutritionist or dietitian) One-day caterer training at Demuths or Vegetarian Society Cookery School Access to webinar training

Length of training slot ___________________________________________________________________ Preferred day(s)/dates, if any ____________________________________________________________ Preferred running times __________________________________________________________________ Number of attendees ____________________________________________________________________ Useful topics or ingredients you’d like the trainer to cover _____________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________ Kitchen facilities available if any __________________________________________________________ For more information or to book any of our training please contact Ellie Murphy, Cookery & Training Outreach Coordinator -

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