The VPSG provides help, support, and information for vegans detained either in police custody or within the prison system in the United Kingdom. VPSG also try to ensure that the prison vegan diets are nutritionally sound and that vegan clothing, hygiene and bodycare products are made available or can be ordered or sent in to vegan prisoners.

Note: As of April 2009, the VPSG are no longer maintaining a list of prisoners' names and addresses. If you have linked to our prisoner list from your website, please amend your links. For other websites that provide this information, try a Google search.

Latest News

March 2013

Finally our Cooking Behind Bars booklet is at the printers and will be distributed to prisons next month - thank you to all the supporters/volunteers that made this possible. This cookbook contains lots of recipes that we hope our supporters will try as they are not only nutritious but tasty too! (PDF) Click to view.

cooking behind bars pt1

November 2012

Here is the 2012 winter edition of our supporters newsletter (PDF) Click to view.

Newsletter winter 2012

October 2012

Here is the latest edition of our Guide for Vegan Prisoners 2012 (PDF) Click to view.

Guide for Vegan Prisoners

September 2012

Here is our Catering Information Guide for September 2012 (PDF) Click to view.

Catering info guide Sept 2012

February 2012

Our Prison Retail/Visitors Centre News-sheet for February 2012 is now available on our info website.

December 2011

Yuletide leaflet 2011

Our Yuletide booklet was provided to every prison catering manager well in time for them to add some of the recipes. Every recipe was within their prison budget and nutritionally sound too as well as tasting good. Why not try some of them? (PDF) Click to view.

November 2011

Here is the VPSG November 2011 newsletter (PDF) Click to view.

VPSG Newsletter, November 2011

September 2011

Here is the VPSG Autumn/Winter 2011 newsletter (PDF) Click to view.

VPSG Newsletter, September 2011

May 2011

Over the last few months the VPSG team has, as usual, been busy with our efforts to ensure equal opportunities for vegan prisoners.

We heard from several prisoners that only sandwiches are now being provided at lunchtime at their prisons. They complained that the fillings mainly consisted of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, and that the sandwiches often arrived soggy and inedible, and asked if we could compile some suggestions for healthy, tasty fillings.

We had to take into account that prison catering staff do not have access to many of the processed products which we on the outside may use in some of our sandwiches, and that they have to work with a very limited budget. Vegan Sandwich, Baguette and Wrap fillings has now been sent to all catering managers, and we hope the booklet will help them provide appetising lunches for vegan (and other) prisoners.

If any of our supporters have a favourite home-made sandwich filling which you would like us to consider using in our prison news sheets, please email or post the recipe(s) to us at the usual address, above. Remember that all recipes need to be economical as well as tasty and nutritious. We hope to hear from you soon.

You don't have to be in prison to enjoy our yummy fillings, as the booklet can be downloaded here!

November 2010

VPSG Newsletter, November 2010Yuletide Vegan Menu 2010

A look back over 17 years of the VPSG plus news about what has been happening recently to help vegan prisoners. Also a Yuletide vegan recipe booklet that has been sent to prison catering managers.

October 2009

VPSG Newsletter, October 2009

VPSG at the London Vegan Festival and update on what has been going on at the VPSG. Click on the image to download the newsletter in PDF format.

September 2009

VPSG Newsletter, September 2009

The September 2009 VPSG newsletter is now out, with a look back at 15 years of campaigning for equal opportunities for vegan prisoners. Click on the image to download the newsletter in PDF format.

August 2009

After negotiations with HM Prison Service, from the 1st August two mail order companies providing vegan toiletries and health supplements were added to the full canteen listing. We feel that the addition of these two companies should ensure vegan prisoners should shortly be able to order healthy food choices like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and an iodine supplement [required for the proper functioning of the thyroid gland] and their bodycare/hygiene requirements if not included on their local canteen listing.

We are compiling information received from vegans at various prisons which will be used as part of our ongoing research on this and other minority group issues.

We feel this is a positive approach by the Prison Service to ensure equal opportunities for the minority group we represent.

31 Mar 2009

It's now been 15 years this April since VPSG was first established - our aims were and still are to highlight concerns and make recommendations to try to ensure equal opportunities for strict ethical vegans detained within prison or in a police cell.

Below are some of the achievements we have made since we were established in 1994:

However, due to the increase in the growing number of prisoners and our continuing work for equal opportunities we needed to decide how the VPSG team were going to cope with the additional volume of work. Our ultimate goal is to ensure whichever prison a strict ethical vegan prisoner arrives at they will have facilities in place for the prison to be able to properly provide for them.

Outstanding Concern - Prison Shops

We continue to highlight our concerns on equal opportunities for vegans in Prison Shops, first brought to the attention of the Prison Service in early 1996, as we feel that vegans are still not adequately catered for in all Prison Shops. The reason being only a selection of items can be chosen from the full listing and the choice is up to each individual prison. In reality this means if there were only two vegans at a particular prison they could decide not to list any vegan items whatsoever - therefore we need to increase our efforts to ensure that vegan prisoners are able to obtain their requirements through specialist mail order companies.

Many supporters will remember we sought their help to try to resolve this issue some years ago by writing to their MPs. However, although after many meetings and much correspondence some of our recommendations have recently been accepted, our efforts to resolve this issue overall to ensure 'like for like' often takes a back seat while we are kept busy with other work that comes into the VPSG office.

For supporters less familiar with what function the Prison Shop plays in prisoners' lives, it is where prisoners can purchase their weekly goods - if there are any vegan products to buy that is. Although on a positive note some of our recommendations have recently been installed under the DHL/Booker contract recently lost by Aramark.

Changes to our website www.vpsg.org

In order to create this much needed time to assist prisoners more speedily with any problems they may encounter and to concentrate on providing up to date information on the care of vegans as from the 1st April we will no longer be listing prisoners on our website as it duplicates information already available on other websites.

NEW

Guide for Vegan Prisoners is now also available for downloading on this website for anyone facing prison (pdf document).

VPSG - Cooking Behind Bars

This is a cookbook compiled with economical recipes for the prison cook the majority which were provided by different prison kitchens which are not only tasty but nutritional.

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