The Vegan Pledge is back! After its successful launch last year, Exeter Friends For Animals is running the popular scheme again this spring. The aim is to provide free help and guidance to anyone thinking of trying an animal-free diet, for whatever reason: whether to reduce animal suffering, improve their health or reduce their carbon footprint – or indeed all three.
Pledgers undertake to follow a vegan diet for one month, and attend a workshop at the beginning and end of the month consisting of cookery demonstrations, talks, discussions and nutritional advice from a registered dietician. culminating in a delicious I Can’t Believe It’s Vegan! lunch.
They are also assigned a vegan ‘buddy’ who they can contact with any queries or problems, and a programme of social events during the month offers a chance to get together with fellow pledgers.
Over half of last year’s pledgers decided to remain vegan, and a large proportion said they would eat more vegan food in future.
Among the former was Honiton Green Party councillor Sharon Pavey, who praised the initiative.
“I’m so happy being vegan now, over nine months on. It was the right decision and I’m really pleased with it all and thank you to EFFA for organising the Go Vegan month,” she said.
The workshops take place on Saturday, March 2 and Saturday, April 13 at the St Sidwell’s Centre, Sidwell Street, Exeter.