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V for Life: Trailblazing staff for older vegans and veggies

V for Life: Trailblazing staff for older vegans and veggies

2018-10-22 
| by V for Life | Posted in VegfestUK London 2018

In this guest blog, the team at UK charity V for Life (formerly Vegetarian for Life) summarises their fantastic annual awards ceremony at the Houses of Parliament on October 17th 2018. V for Life celebrated incredible chefs in care homes who went the extra mile to ensure there are always lots of vegan options for residents in care homes.

 

Hard working staff have been recognised for their dedication to ensuring older vegetarians and vegans are able to access great food independently and in care homes.

Winners were revealed at a lavish ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament this week - where four winners were rewarded for going the extra mile in care catering.

The event, hosted by Vegetarian for Life and compered by vegan comedian Matt Adlington, was well received by all those who attended.

 

The winners for each of the categories are as follows:

Innovative Veggie Dish: Phil Jay, head chef of Gracewell at Sutton Coldfield. His incredibly detailed vegan dysphagic chocolate cake wowed the judges.

Veggie Care Chef of the Year: Jacek Binienda, Badgeworth Court Care Centre. Jacek’s plant-based cakes have been described as ‘exquisite’ and he has trained other chefs in how to cook all of the vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menu.

Wholesaler of the Year: Bidfood’s creation of 200 plus vegan options impressed the judges. The wholesaler also created a vegan-specific catalogue and a vegan cookbook alongside it.

Special Recognition Award: Primrose Dawn Mist, resident at Highland House, Kent. Primrose has been vegetarian for a number of years and was influential in encouraging more vegetarian and vegan dishes at the care home. She also ensured that more fresh vegetables were offered, as opposed to frozen. Primrose sadly wasn’t able to attend the awards but manager at Highland House, Susan Johnson, and relative, Chris Elliott collected the award on her behalf.



Amanda Woodvine, CEO of Vegetarian for Life, said:

“The awards have been an incredible way to celebrate the charity’s ten year anniversary and to recognise the fantastic achievements of trailblazers in the care industry. The winners, and also the runners-up, are all making a difference to the care and choices offered to older vegetarians and vegans.”



During the awards, those who attended made personal pledges on how they could further improve the options for older vegetarians and vegans living out their later lives in care. These were individual to each organisation.

Amanda added:

“The pledges have been incredible to read. They show the true dedication that so many in the care industry are willing to give so that older vegetarians and vegans get the food options they truly deserve. I am optimistic that if we all work on our own pledges then collectively we can achieve total inclusivity for older vegetarians and vegans in the years to come.”

 

More about the VfL annual awards

First launched in 2016, the Annual Awards highlight the importance of catering well for older vegetarians and vegans. VfL’s 2014 survey suggests that around 6,500 older vegetarians and vegans live in care homes.

With growing numbers of vegetarians being supported by the care sector, it is no surprise that news of the award has been positively received by care organisations.

Visit VfL’s website here, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

V for Life at VegfestUK London 2018

V for Life is kindly curating and hosting the Mature Zone for the 4th consecutive year at VegfestUK London on October 27-28 at Olympia London.

The Mature Zone is the go-to place for all aspects of veganism in later life, with pay-as-you-feel vegan refreshments and drinks on top of seating, in addition to a fine selection of talks and socials tailored to older vegans. There will also be information VfL's vegan and vegetarian grants, vegan dinners to your door, care homes that care, and volunteering opportunities in relation to how to be a friend to your elders.

Mature Zone located on Level 1 of Olympia Central – full schedule of talks here

Read the full event programme here

Buy tickets to the event here

Join the Facebook event here and invite your friends

Get Involved! If you have a great Vegan news feed, blog, podcast or video channel that you’d like us to include your focus on in the site, then please just contact us at info@vegfest.co.uk with details!






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