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Healthy Start - vitamins and food vouchers

Healthy Start - Covid-19 Update

Healthy Start - Covid-19 FAQs

Healthy Start is a Department of Health funded scheme which provides low-income families and pregnant women with free vouchers every week. These vouchers can be spent on milk, plain fresh and frozen vegetables, first infant formula and used to collect vitamins for both mothers and children up to the age of 4. For information on the national Healthy Start programme and guidance on eligibility and how to apply please visit

In Islington, ALL pregnant women, breastfeeding mums and children under 4 can receive FREE Healthy Start Vitamins, not just those with Healthy Start vouchers. The vitamin tablets for women contain folic acid, vitamin C and D and drops for children contain vitamins A, C and D.

The information which follows below is not relevant during the current Covid-19 arrangements. Please use the Covid-19 update and FAQ links above until further notice.

The vitamins are available in all children’s centres and selected health centres across the borough. Vitamins are available at the Margaret McMillan Children's Centre site by visiting Hornsey Rise Health Centre.

Health Centres where you can collect Healthy Start vitamins: Finsbury, Goodinge, Highbury Grange, Holloway, Hornsey Rise, Northern, River Place - at all these centres, ask at Community Reception.

Healthy Start vitamins are also available from the health visiting teams at Bingfield Health Centre and Hanley Primary Care Centre. Please speak to your health visitor for information about getting the vitamins from these locations.

Click here for a map showing the locations where you collect Healthy Start vitamins.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Aneta Zych
020 3316 8437

Time / date Details

Opening times/date
Times vary depending on the centre that you visit.

Other Details

Cost Details
Free of charge.
Who is this service for?
Vitamin tablets are available for women trying to get pregnant, pregnant women, and mums up to 1 year after having a baby living in Islington. Vitamin drops are for childred aged 4 or under living in Islington.
How to refer or apply

Simply visit your nearest or most convenient distribution centre.

Record updated: 11/01/2021