Financial support / healthy start scheme
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If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. We’ll add your benefit onto this card every 4 weeks.
You can use your card to buy:
- plain liquid cow’s milk
- fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables
- fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
- infant formula milk based on cow’s milk
You can also use your card to collect:
- Healthy Start vitamins – these support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding
- vitamin drops for babies and young children – these are suitable from birth to 4 years old
To check if you are eligible for Healthy Start vouchers, use this new free online tool (takes less than 5 minutes)
An application form can be found on the Healthy Start website.
To pick up your vitamins just take your Healthy Start card along to any local distribution centre to show you are on the Healthy Start scheme. Distribution centres in South Gloucestershire include:
Cadbury Heath Children Centre
Tel: 01454 862974
Filton Children's Centre
Tel: 01454 864150
Kingwood Children's Centre
Tel: 01454 864144
Patchway Children's Centre
Tel: 01454 864146
Tel: 01454 862434
Staple Hill Children's Centre
Tel: 01454 862972
Yate Children's Centre
Tel: 01454 864154
Yate Westgate Centre
Tel: 01454 315355
You can also visit the NHS website to search for locations outside of the local area. Please note that distribution centres in South Gloucestershire do not sell Healthy Start vitamins to women and children not on the scheme.
The Sure Start maternity grant is a one-off payment of £500 which helps towards the costs of having a child. You usually qualify for the grant if you need help with buying things for your baby and if you or your partner are getting certain benefits.
You must claim the grant within 11 weeks of your baby's due date or within three months after your baby's birth. Ask your doctor or midwife about the grant, you can also print off a claim form.