BANES Healthy Start Scheme

The Healthy Start scheme offers eligible people a pre-paid card to go towards the cost of certain types of milk, infant formula, fruit and vegetables for the value of:

  • £4.25 each week of pregnancy from the 10th week
  • £8.50 each week for children from birth to 1 year old
  • £4.25 each week for children between 1 and 4 years old


Beneficiaries can also get free vitamins with their card. In B&NES, these are currently available at Children’s Centres.


Note that the digital pre-paid card has replaced Healthy Start vouchers. For more information, view:


BANES Cash First Leaflet


Hot off the press! B&NES Cash First leaflet puts all the local agencies that people can self-refer to around money worries in one place. Please do also circulate this to people in your local areas. Thank you.

You can:

  • Download a pdf copy here.
  • View it online and put in an order for print copies here – by the end of the month if possible.
  • Access the interactive version here