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Mature Zone

Brand-new feature at VegfestUK, with a number of talks and workshops on vegan lifestyles for seniors.

With vegan refreshments and drinks on top of seating.

Proudly hosted by Vegetarian for Life


The UK charity dedicated to improving the quality of life for older vegetarians and vegans.

Feeling the effects of overcrowding? Why not sit back and enjoy a cuppa in our new Mature Zone? Nab a free copy of VfL's new magazine, enjoy an attractive array of vegan cakes, and listen in to presentations on topics such as simply inspiring meals for one, nutrition, ethical investments, and other matters. You could even join a yoga session... or find out about men's sheds!

 

 

Refreshments here are offered on a 'pay as you feel' basis, and any profits will be used to support the charity's work. 

There'll also be plenty of free information to hand about:

 

  • Veg-friendly travel
  • Vegetarian for Life's vegetarian and vegan grants
  • Vegan dinners to your door
  • Care homes that care
  • Volunteering opportunities: How to be a friend to your elders.

 

Talks and workshops will run from 12pm on Saturday and 11am on Sunday.


SATURDAY

 

12.00 – Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life – With a little help from my friends: how to be a friend to veggie elders

1.00 – Shona Barr, Affinity IFA – Raising awareness of ethical investment – value as well as values

2.00 – Tina FoxSilver travel for vegetarians and vegans

3.00 – Barbara Chalmers, Final Fling – Funerals & stuff

4.00 – Jane HughesSimply inspiring meals for one

 

SUNDAY

 

11.00 – Alec Cameron, Planning Matters (UK) Limited – Estate planning – if you leave nothing to chance, you chance nothing

12.00 – Jane HughesWaste not, want not – making good use of the food you buy

1.00 – Dr Kim Stringer, Vegetarian for Life – Caring for older vegetarians and vegans

2.00 – Jason SchroederScottish Men’s Sheds Association

3.00 – Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life – Nutrition for older vegetarians and vegans 

4.00 – Daria WallYoga session: 'Let food be thy medicine' – finding balance

 

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12.00 – Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life – With a little help from my friends: how to be a friend to veggie elders

When Joyce went into care in 2007 after developing dementia, she was given meat to eat despite having been a dedicated animal rights campaigner. Staff essentially shrugged their shoulders and offered the excuse: ‘Well, she wouldn’t know any difference, would she!’ 

Joyce had no relatives to fight her corner and point out how unethical this was… but something really positive grew out of this awful disregard. Vegetarian for Life (VfL) came into being to help protect all the other Joyces in care homes. So successful has it been that VfL now offers essential support for older vegetarians and vegans in their own homes as well as in care.

Find out how you can get involved as a Friend of Vegetarian for Life. 

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk 

Twitter @VfL_UK

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1.00 – Shona Barr, Affinity IFA – Raising awareness of ethical investment – value as well as values

Ethically influenced purchasing decisions are now firmly established as part of everyday life. Ethical investment accounts for over £13.5bn of UK savings and investment, which equates to a mere 1% of the market. 

38% of the British public are interested in green or ethical financial products and services, with 90% willing to switch to a different provider if it offered a green or ethical investment product.  

We will consider the main areas of ethical investment and discuss some real life scenarios to illustrate how ethical strategies can be applied in practice. We will look at the financial planning landscape further to pension legislative changes in April 2015 with focus on the issues relevant to those approaching retirement and beyond.

www.affinityifa.co.uk

Twitter @AffinityIFA

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2.00 – Tina Fox – Silver travel for vegetarians and vegans

Tina Fox enjoys travel very much but finds it a great challenge to get decent veggie food, particularly breakfast. Learn from her experiences and perhaps contribute some tips of your own on how you cope with travel, ensuring that the food you get is tasty, appropriate and worth the money you are paying! 

Tina writes regular travel blogs and reviews for the VfL website and also for Silver Trip Advisor, who have kindly contributed some free materials such as bags and mousemats to support this talk. 

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk

Twitter @VfL_UK

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3.00 – Barbara Chalmers, Final Fling – Funerals & stuff

If you have clear values that underpin the choices you make in life, we think you might want to exercise choice right till the end of life – and maybe beyond.

If you care about your body, what you put in it, your carbon footprint, the planet, the environment, your legacy – you might want to do death differently. You might prefer natural burial to cremation. You might rather have a DIY funeral. You might prefer a bamboo shroud than a brass handled, polyester lined, mahogany coffin.

Final Fling is the home of life and death decisions. Come along to this talk and find out more.

www.finalfling.com 

Twitter @FinalFlingUK

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4.00 – Jane Hughes – Simply inspiring meals for one

Vegetarian for Life (VfL) understands the difficulties in catering for just one vegetarian or vegan. Indeed, some of the most popular pages on our website are our Easy Recipes for One. So our latest publication focuses on senior vegetarians and vegans who cook for themselves. 

The recipes in our new Cooking for One guide are designed to make just one or two portions. VfL’s roving chef, Jane Hughes, demonstrates some dishes from the guide, which is available free of charge.

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk

Twitter @VfL_UK

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SUNDAY

 

11.00 – Alec Cameron, Planning Matters (UK) Limited – Estate planning – if you leave nothing to chance, you chance nothing

Estate planning is all about making sure your assets are protected throughout your lifetime and that your wishes are followed regarding the distribution of your estate after you die.

According to new research the nation's estate planning is in a shocking state with almost two thirds (61%) of people not having addressed this issue.

The session will consider asset protection and everyday threats to your assets, the consequences of doing nothing, inheritance tax planning and estate planning. We will discuss examples of how estate planning works in real life and how simple and effective it can be to implement a strategy that takes account of your wishes and values ensuring that your chosen charities and beneficiaries can receive the correct inheritance at the correct time for them.

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12.00 – Jane Hughes – Waste not, want not – making good use of the food you buy

Roving Chef Jane Hughes looks at ways to get the most out of the food you buy. Jane works for Vegetarian for Life, the charity set up to improve the lives of senior vegetarians and vegans. Share your own ideas for using up scraps and squeezing the best out of your budget.

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk

Twitter @VfL_UK

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1.00 – Dr Kim Stringer, Vegetarian for Life – Caring for older vegetarians and vegans

Find out about how Vegetarian for Life works hard to support older vegetarians and vegans and ensure that their diets are not compromised. This work is not just focussed on those who are in care homes, but also those who live independently.

This is a chance to discover how this young charity works with the care sector and has already established a renowned UK List of accredited care homes. If you live independently, don’t miss this opportunity to find out more about our wealth of information and resources including grants.

If you feel as passionately as we do that older vegetarians and vegans should be treated with respect and dignity, why not consider joining us as a Friend or trustee?

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk 

Twitter @VfL_UK

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2.00 – Jason Schroeder – Scottish Men’s Sheds Association

What happens to men when they are retired, unemployed, on shore, demobbed – in short 'have time on their hands'? This can be a challenging time particularly for men who have grown up in a world of 'doing'. The Community Men's Shed phenomena has reached Scotland and is gaining momentum across the country. This is a place within your community where there is a fully equipped workshop and a social area open to all men where you can work on your own project or hobbies, help others and get help, play a game of cards or pool, relax over a cup of tea and have a laugh with new and old friends. If you want to know more or start one in your village then this is the talk for you.  

www.scottishmsa.org.uk 

Twitter @ScottishMSA

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3.00 – Amanda Woodvine, Vegetarian for Life – Nutrition for older vegetarians and vegans 

Over recent years, research has shown that vegetarians and vegans tend to be very healthy – perhaps more so than their meat-eating peers. Vegetarians typically have a more nutrient-dense diet than meat eaters. That is, they get more nutrients per portion. And a well-planned veggie diet can help a range of diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and cancer. This talk will help you get the balance right – whether you are an older vegetarian or vegan yourself, or simply cater for one.

www.vegetarianforlife.org.uk 

Twitter @VfL_UK

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4.00 – Daria Wall – Yoga session: 'Let food be thy medicine' – finding balance

Daria from DP Wellbeing will use restorative yoga along with the wisdom of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and Western science to talk how the food we consume affects the body's equilibrium.

www.dpwellbeing.com

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