Time to follow your animal instincts?

Kelly Slade - vegan
Kelly Slade - vegan

Ever wondered how you’d cope with being vegan? Now is your chance to find out, as a new Sheffield group challenges local people to try it for a month.

Vegan Approach is inviting anyone interested in an animal-free lifestyle to sign up to a ten-point plan and follow it for four weeks.

They are offering support at two meetings – the first next Saturday, March 23 – with a vegan buddy to call on for advice.

The project has been set up by Kelly Slade of Meersbrook and her friend Chrissy Leyland, who are keen to promote their way of life.

Kelly says: “As a child I had an empathy with animals and was interested in their welfare, but I didn’t go vegetarian until I was 18. I never liked the taste of meat, so it was easy.”

She soon replaced her leather shoes and coats with animal-friendly alternatives and cut out dairy foods and eggs too.

“I was also formulating my own ideas about society and how we exploit and use animals for our own gains. I realised that if I didn’t want to contribute to the suffering of animals, I needed to go vegan.”

Sixteen years on, she has no regrets: “I can honestly say it was the best decision I’ve ever made – I only wish I’d done it sooner.”

Kelly has found lots of tasty vegan products to replace meat or dairy products. And she has discovered a whole range of new dishes too.

“People often think veganism means less choice, but it has opened up a whole new world of food and cooking for me.”

Since settling in Sheffield, Kelly has become involved with a number of local vegan groups, and has already established the Sheffield Vegan Meetup.

She says: “I helped to set up the Vegan Approach so that I can help other people to make the transition to veganism and to show them how easy it can be.”

Find out more at www.theveganapproach.com, or go along to the launch meeting at Sharrow Old Junior School, on March 23, between 10am - 3pm. The free event will include films, speakers, cookery demos and a vegan buffet.

Lesley Draper