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HENRY in City & Hackney

UPDATE: Face-to-face interactions are being halted in the short term in response to COVID-19. We can continue to provide a remote service and maintain contact with families in City & Hackney via phone and email.

We are now running our 8 Week Healthy Families Group Programmes and Workshops digitally. If you have children aged under 5 years who live or are registered with a GP in the City and Hackney get in touch for more information and how to sign up.

The Best Start with HENRY service in City & Hackney is supporting hundreds of local families with children aged 0-5 – from shortly after birth, right through to starting school – to provide a healthy, happy start in life for their children and the whole family.

Providing a healthy, happy start for young children helps lay the foundations for a brighter future where children flourish throughout childhood and beyond.


Healthy Families programme

An 8-week programme for families with young children to help parents get their little one off to a great start. Take a look at our leaflet to find out more and about the digital programme here.

Joining the FREE programme is easy and can be accessed by a smart phone or a computer/laptop/tablet. You will also receive a HENRY toolkit with a heap of colourful resources to support you along the way.

Read about parents who have been on the Healthy Families programme below:

Healthy Families workshops

We are currently running these workshops online:

Starting Solids: This workshop is designed to provide you with all of the information you need to help make mealtimes enjoyable, help your baby develop healthy eating habits and get them off to a great start in life. Suitable for families with babies 3-6 months

Portion Sizes: This workshop guides you through the recommended portion sizes for children for all the food groups so you can feel confident you are getting your child off to a healthy start

Eating Well for Less: Healthy eating needn’t be expensive. This session helps you plan healthy meals and snacks without breaking the bank

You can find dates and times of these online workshops here.

To register your interest in joining a workshop or Group Programme, click here or for more information contact us at hcsupport@henry.org.uk or call/text us on 07519 109876.

We are also able to provide one to one phone/video support on topics covered in our other Healthy Families workshops:

  • Let’s get active – join in and learn a whole host of active games and play ideas you can enjoy at home with your baby to support their physical development
  • Everyday drinks – find out about sugar levels in soft drinks and explore healthier alternatives
  • What’s in our food? – Green, amber, red? ‘Of which saturates?’ What does it all mean? This workshop explores the confusing world of food labels for everyday items

Healthy Start Vitamins and Vouchers

FREE vitamins are available to both women who are pregnant or have children under 1 years and also children under 4 years, who live in City & Hackney or are registered with a GP in the area. Find out more about the vitamins and where you can get them here.

You may also be entitled to Healthy Start Vouchers to go towards purchasing milk, fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. Look at this leaflet to find out more about Healthy Start Vouchers and if you qualify. 

To apply for Healthy Start Vouchers go to the NHS Healthy Start website.

Getting in touch

Please get in touch to find out more about how HENRY can help – or for an informal chat if you're concerned about your baby or young child's lifestyle or eating habits.

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General enquiries

For more information and support, contact:
07519 109876 hcsupport@henry.org.uk

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Free vitamins

If you live in or go to the GP in City or Hackney, you may be eligible for free vitamins

Practitioners in City & Hackney

Find out how to make referrals to HENRY services or access local training and support