This is the official website for the Suffolk County Council (SCC) Vegan Staff Network. Welcome! You can use this page to find out who we are, what we do, what we’ve achieved and how you can join us.

Who we are

The Vegan Staff Network was launched in January 2019. It’s the newest staff network at SCC.

We have six Network Co-Chairs and dozens of members.

What we do

We’re all about promoting veganism in a positive and inclusive way, and empowering people to make informed choices about their lifestyle.

Our vision is to bring about a working environment where veganism is recognised, and has a positive impact on the well-being of staff, the welfare of animals and the environment.

In practice, this involves meeting up as a network, supporting each other, and engaging staff about veganism in a variety of friendly and non-judgemental ways.

What we’ve achieved

In a short time, the SCC Vegan Staff Network has achieved a lot!

For example, we’ve:

  • collaborated with catering services to get more vegan options on the menu in staff buildings
  • helped make plant milks available as an alternative to cows’ milk in staff building kitchens
  • constructively challenged SCC on its response to declaring a Climate Emergency, and positively influenced an increase in communication and clarification on steps being taken
  • advised and supported other local authorities on how to start their own vegan staff networks (we were the first, which you can read about in our media coverage)
  • organised events such as beach cleans to pick up tens of kilograms of rubbish from Suffolk’s beautiful beaches
  • engaged hundreds of staff spreading the message about veganism, and the benefits of a vegan lifestyle for animals, the environment and our health

Who can join

We really are inclusive – you don’t need to be vegan to join (or become vegan later). You just need to share a passion for our mission, vision and values (which you can find in our Terms of Reference).

You can read about how to get involved as either a member or a Network Champion, and what that entails. (Spoiler: it’s fun, supportive, and there’s no obligation to commit loads of time or effort.)

Contacting us

To get in touch, simply email vegannetwork@suffolk.gov.uk or use our contact form.