VPSG provides help, support,
and information for vegans detained either in police custody or within
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
made available or can be ordered or sent in to vegan prisoners.
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
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.
Here is the 2012 winter edition of our supporters newsletter
(PDF) Click to view.
Here is the latest edition of our Guide for Vegan Prisoners
2012 (PDF) Click to view.
Here is our Catering Information Guide for September 2012
(PDF) Click to view.
Our Prison Retail/Visitors Centre News-sheet for February 2012
is now available on our info
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.
Here is the VPSG November 2011 newsletter (PDF) Click to view.
Here is the VPSG Autumn/Winter 2011 newsletter (PDF) Click to
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
at lunchtime at their prisons. They complained that the fillings mainly
consisted of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumber, and that the sandwiches
arrived soggy and inedible, and asked if we could compile some
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
our sandwiches, and that they have to work with a very limited budget.
Sandwich, Baguette and Wrap fillings has now been sent to all catering
managers, and we hope the booklet will help them provide appetising
for vegan (and other) prisoners.
If any of our supporters have a favourite home-made sandwich
you would like us to consider using in our prison news sheets, please
or post the recipe(s) to us at the usual address, above. Remember that
recipes need to be economical as well as tasty and nutritious. We hope
hear from you soon.
You don't have to be in prison to enjoy our yummy fillings, as
can be downloaded
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
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.
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.
After negotiations with HM Prison Service, from the 1st August
order companies providing vegan toiletries and health supplements were
the full canteen listing. We feel that the addition of these two
should ensure vegan prisoners should shortly be able to order healthy
like nuts, seeds, dried fruit and an iodine supplement [required for
functioning of the thyroid gland] and their bodycare/hygiene
not included on their local canteen listing.
We are compiling information received from vegans at various
will be used as part of our ongoing research on this and other minority
We feel this is a positive approach by the Prison Service to
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 ensure equal opportunities for strict ethical vegans detained within
or in a police cell.
Below are some of the achievements we have made since we were
established in 1994:
- Our Guidelines on the Care of Vegans were installed in
every prison in
- Vegan prison issue toiletries now available in all prisons
- Catering Information Pack first installed in all prisons in
updated and re-issued jointly with The Vegan Society in 2007
- Prison News Sheets are now produced twice a year to all
now jointly with The Vegan Society
- Caseworkers allocated to each strict ethical vegan prisoner
to assist them
during their sentence
- Helpline available to prisoners 7 days a week
- Emergency Arrest Line available 7 days a week
However, due to the increase in the growing number of
prisoners and our
continuing work for equal opportunities we needed to decide how the
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
have facilities in place for the prison to be able to properly provide
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
1996, as we feel that vegans are still not adequately catered for in
Shops. The reason being only a selection of items can be chosen from
listing and the choice is up to each individual prison. In reality this
if there were only two vegans at a particular prison they could decide
list any vegan items whatsoever - therefore we need to increase our
ensure that vegan prisoners are able to obtain their requirements
specialist mail order companies.
Many supporters will remember we sought their help to try to
issue some years ago by writing to their MPs. However, although after
meetings and much correspondence some of our recommendations have
accepted, our efforts to resolve this issue overall to ensure 'like for
often takes a back seat while we are kept busy with other work that
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
there are any vegan products to buy that is. Although on a positive
of our recommendations have recently been installed under the
contract recently lost by Aramark.
Changes to our website www.vpsg.org
In order to create this much needed time to assist prisoners
with any problems they may encounter and to concentrate on providing up
date information on the care of vegans as from the 1st April we will no
be listing prisoners on our website as it duplicates information
available on other websites.
for Vegan Prisoners
is now also available for downloading on this website for anyone facing
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
tasty but nutritional.