FAQs about membership, donations and registering on the website

Membership

A: Bringing happy, healthy food choices into local communitiesFind out how Vegetarian Society members inspired a Sussex-based youth group to go veggie.

 Coming together as one voiceDiscover how we stand-up for vegetarians day in, day out, as well as offering guidance and support to those that need it most.

 Using great food to create great changeLearn how our cookery school supports people who wouldn’t ordinarily get to try veggie food. And a lot more besides.

Together we’re showing people how great being veggie feels – with your support, we can get more and more people involved.

A: Membership has a minimum donation, to find the costs membership starts at simply click the membership category on the Join page.

A: Memberships last for an initial 12 months. Direct Debit memberships will renew automatically, and cash members will receive a message notifying them that their membership is due for renewal.

A: Not at all. We welcome everybody with a passion for great veggie food!

A: No, you can be a member no matter where in the world you live. 

A: Yes and we also offer quarterly payments too. You can easily set up a monthly or quarterly Direct Debit online or by phoning the Membership Team on 0161 925 2000. This allows you to spread the cost of your membership and helps us save on time and administration costs, meaning more of your money goes directly on what matters. It also means you don’t have to worry about renewing your membership every year. Win win.

A: What a lovely idea! Yes, you can buy a Gift Membership here.  This is so you are able to enter the recipient’s details as well as your own. You’ll also have the opportunity to specify when you want the membership pack to be delivered and if you wish it to be sent to you or the recipient. You also get the option of adding your own message to put in a gift card to the recipient at no extra cost.

A: We're sorry to hear that! Please do get in touch so we can make sure your membership and payments have been correctly changed.

A: The easiest way to renew is through our website. If you have already registered on the site simply log in and follow the prompts to renew your membership. If you have not yet registered you can sign up here – www.vegsoc.org/signup – and once your registration is processed you will be able to renew by signing in as detailed above. Alternatively, just give us a call on 0161 925 2000 and you can renew over the phone.  If you still have the reminder letter we sent you simply return this to us with a cheque or your credit/debit card details. 

If your membership expired more than two months ago you will not be able to renew on the website.  Please just join again and we’ll take care of the rest.

Right now, if you choose to renew your membership by setting up a new Direct Debit you get three months free membership for the first year you pay by Direct Debit.

A: You can update any of your personal details by signing in to the website and going to Join and Support - Members' Area - Update Your Details. This saves us a lot of staff time as we get many requests for address changes by email. If you have not already registered on the website, you will need to do so, which is quick and easy. Just give us up to two working days for your registration to be processed manually. You will receive an email confirmation when your account is ready. You can then simply log-in and go to the Members' Area in the Join & Support section. If you need a printed copy, please contact the Membership Team on 0161 925 2000. Alternatively, just pop us an email on membership@vegoc.org and we'll be very happy to help.

Website

A: First of all, go back and double check that you have read each section correctly. There may have been a box left un-ticked or you may have forgotten to submit your details at the final stage. If you are already a member and are trying to renew, you will need to log-in to the website or register before trying to renew through your profile. Please allow up to two working days for us to process your registration. You will receive an email to confirm this has been done. If this still does not work or you are concerned in any way, please get in touch with the Membership Department by calling 0161 925 2000 or emailing membership@vegsoc.org.

A: To view your members-only content you will first have to register to use the website and login (at the top of every page). You can do this by going straight to www.vegsoc.org/signup. Registration can take up to two working days to be manually processed and we will send you an email to let you know when this has been done. Once you have logged in go to the Join & Support Us tab across the top of the site, followed by Members' Area.

If this method does not work please get in touch and we will be happy to help. Call 0161 925 2000 or email membership@vegsoc.org.

A: No, you can be both but if you are a registered user of the website this does not make you a member of the Vegetarian Society. We ask people to ‘register’ on our website so that you can sign in to access certain features. This is not the same as being a member of the Vegetarian Society. Members pay for their membership and in return are given access to even more areas of the site and many other member benefits.

You are free to make use of the website without being a member, however, as a charity we rely heavily on our members’ support and this website would not exist without them. If you find the information we provide helpful please consider joining. Similarly, if you are already a member you will need to ‘register’ on the website to gain access to your members-only content.

A: Once you have registered on the website we need time to process your registration. We will be as quick as possible, but this can only be done during office hours so please allow up to two working days to process your registration. Once your registration is processed you will receive a confirmation email acknowledging that you now have access to the website.

A:  If you have forgotten your username or password for the website please use the link at the top of the page to ‘Forgotten password’, please do not register again.  You will automatically be sent your username and a link to reset your password. If you experience any difficulties using the forgotten password facility please email website@vegsoc.org.  Please provide as much detail as you can so we may assist with your enquiry.

Donations

A: The Vegetarian Society is a charity which receives no government funding, and so we rely significantly on our supporters to fund the work that we do.  Most donations support our work in a collective sense, but if you wish to support a specific area, such as our education work in schools, or training caterers in care homes, then we are happy to discuss this. Simply get in touch with our Fundraising Team on 0161 925 2000 or email support@vegsoc.org.  

A: Leaving a legacy to the Vegetarian Society is an excellent way of ensuring your beliefs and values live on. To find out more, we would first of all recommend reading our Guide to Leaving a Charitable Legacy leaflet which you can download.  If you would like further information or would just like a chat about leaving a gift in your will we would be very happy to discuss this with you – just get in touch by calling 0161 925 2000 or emailing support@vegsoc.org.

Please be aware that legally we cannot provide you with specific advice regarding your Will, or recommend a solicitor to you. We can, however, provide you with a list of solicitors in your area that specialise in Will-writing, and discuss with you what it would mean for you to leave the Vegetarian Society a charitable legacy.

A: Making a regular donation is easy as this can now be done by setting up a Direct Debit on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis. Once you have decided how much and how often you want to donate you can set up your Direct Debit securely via our website or call us and we will set it up for you over the phone. You can even do this when renewing your membership by rounding up with a donation. We rely on membership subscriptions and donations to fund our work, so please do consider supporting us through regular giving.

Direct Debit

Please see our Frequently asked questions about Direct Debit.

Merchandise

A: You can order our merchandise online at our shop.  If you have any questions, or would prefer to order over the phone, you can call us on 0161 925 2000. 

Fundraising and Getting Involved

A: Yes, we are always looking for volunteers to help with our work and we would love you to get involved. We frequently need volunteers to help us with ‘behind the scenes’ tasks like envelope stuffing and administration, and we also rely on the help of volunteers at events. In addition, you can volunteer as a ‘Speaker’ to give talks in schools, take part in case studies or even become a Trustee.

Drop us a line at info@vegsoc.org letting us know the type of volunteering you would be interested in and we would be happy to discuss further.

A: If you would like to fundraise on our behalf this is also another fun and varied way to get involved. Fundraising is not hard and we are here to help you every step of the way.  You might want to get sponsorship for an activity you’re doing, such as running a marathon. Or you could collect donations for a bake-off.  Visit the Raise Funds page to get some ideas.


 

Got a question about gift aid?

See the Gift Aid FAQs

 

Got a question about going veggie?

See the Going Veggie FAQs

 

Got a general question about vegetarianism?

See the FAQs

 

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Registered Charity No. 259358, Registered Company No. 959115 (England and Wales)