A local charity, Love, Amelia contacted us after receiving requests to support babies who were without baby formula due to families being unable to afford it.
Love, Amelia informed us that despite ensuring families are aware of the Healthy Start scheme, many families were still unable to subsidise the remaining costs needed to buy formula for their children. With no plan for emergency provision of formula, and foodbanks no longer distributing formula for children, many babies were going hungry.
As a result, we agreed to research what alternative provision could be made by services locally.
What difference did this make
After several phone calls we were able to navigate the correct service who could implement change and by raising the issues with the local Public Health team, the team were then able to work with the Local Authority to implement a crisis plan to ensure families can access baby formula 24/7.
Families who are in crisis and without access to formula, should contact their Health Visitor, Social Worker or other professional supporting them.