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Vegetarian SocietyWho are we?

The Vegetarian Society influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. We work constructively with businesses, government agencies, policy makers and professionals, whilst always remaining independent. We rely on membership subscriptions and donations to carry out this vital work. Established in 1847, we are the oldest vegetarian organisation in the world. Our headquarters, housing the Vegetarian Society Cookery School as well as our small staff team, are in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.

Why are we needed?

Vegetarians come from all walks of life. Some are confident in what they eat but others need support and guidance. Many shoppers find it difficult to tell which food and drinks are produced using animal products. Cafes and restaurants often expect vegetarian customers to eat fish. Health professionals receive little or no training in vegetarian nutrition. Hospitals rarely provide nutritious vegetarian meals for patients. Parents are often nervous of allowing their children to follow a vegetarian diet.

The Vegetarian Society is here to support and represent all vegetarians.


What do we do?

So much of what we do is led by the many issues vegetarians and vegans face everyday. Here is just a sample of our work:

  • We teach professional chefs and members of the public to cook extraordinary vegetarian food in our Vegetarian Society Cookery School, as well as training hospital caterers and others how to provide nutritious meals without meat.
  • Our press office keeps vegetarianism in the news, feeding the real facts and representing vegetarians across the UK media.
  • Want to know more? Take a look at our plans for the next five years

We give vegetarians and vegans from all walks of life a louder, stronger, better-informed voice.


How are we doing?

The Annual Report and Financial Statements provide a summary of the charity’s achievements and performance together with a picture of its financial health. The report for the year ended 31 March 2017 can be viewed via the link to the left of this page. If you require a hard copy to be posted, please contact our Head of Finance, Antony Byatt (0161 925 2000, antony@vegsoc.org).

Financial information from previous years can be downloaded by going to the Charity Commission's website (https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/charity-commission) and searching for the Vegetarian Society by name or charity number (259358).


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Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
Registered Charity No. 259358 (England and Wales),
Registered Company No. 00959115 (England and Wales)


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The Vegetarian Society of the United Kingdom Limited, Parkdale, Dunham Road, Altrincham WA14 4QG
Registered Charity No. 259358, Registered Company No. 959115 (England and Wales)

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