V for Life was formed with resources from the Vegetarian Housing Association (VHA), which provided sheltered housing and meals to older vegetarians. VHA was established in the 1960s, but its activities became increasingly unviable because of changes in society. In 2007, VHA decided to wind down its housing activities and redirect its resources to funding the formation of V for Life—a charity whose aims are in sympathy with those of VHA.
Since there are only two fully vegetarian care homes in the UK, one of V for Life’s major goals is improve the standard of vegan and vegetarian catering in existing homes. We seek to do this through our UK List, which is a geographical listing of organisations and care homes that make a special effort to cater for vegetarians and vegans.
We are striving towards a vision where at least 1 in every 6 UK care homes are members of our UK List – and 1 in every 100 will be V for Life accredited.
Meeting the needs of a diverse range of older people is important to us, too. We strive for V for Life to be the first port of call for information, support and advice for older vegans, vegetarians, their families, friends and a broad range of care caterers.