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The Healthy Start Scheme, gives you free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.
If you are pregnant or have children under the age of four, you may qualify if you’re on benefits. If you are pregnant and under 18 you should qualify regardless of whether you are on benefits.
You can exchange the vouchers in lots of supermarkets, chemists, local convenience stores, market stalls and even some milk floats. The Healthy Start website has a postcode search so you can find out which of your local shops are in the scheme.
And if your local shop isn’t a member of the scheme, you can take the Healthy Start information sheet to them and ask them to sign up.
It’s really easy to apply for Healthy Start vouchers. You will need to ask for an application leaflet by doing one of the following:
Once you have received the application leaflet you need to complete the form inside, ask your midwife or health visitor to sign it and then send it back using the freepost envelope. The scheme will do a quick check to make sure you qualify, and you should normally receive your first vouchers within about 2 weeks.
There is huge variety of healthy foods and products that your Healthy Start Scheme vouchers can be used for. The website gives more information.
More information about the Healthy Start Scheme, including how much the vouchers are worth, where they can be exchanged, who can qualify and how to apply is available on the Healthy Start website: www.healthystart.nhs.uk. Information is also available from the Healthy Start helpline on 0345 607 6823. There is also more information about the scheme on the GOV.UK website at www.gov.uk/healthy-start.
Bringing up a young family is an expensive challenge, so if you need any help with budgeting, benefits, money difficulties, or any other matters, please do get in touch with us for advice. See our website to find out how to get advice online, or by phone, or by visiting us at one of our many advice locations around the Bracknell area: www.citizensadvicebracknell.org.uk