Other helps

School meals

School meals are free for all pupils up to and including Primary 3. From Primary 4 onwards, if you are in receipt of certain benefits, you may be entitled to free school meals. Ring 01463 703645 or you can email welfare.support@highland.gov.uk if need advice or help in making an application.

Healthy start vouchers

If you are pregnant or have a pre-school child, you might be eligible for vitamins and food vouchers under the healthy start scheme: www.healthystart.nhs.uk Your midwife or health visitor will know all about this.

Food banks

Thousands of people in Highland use food banks each year. They can be really useful, especially to help get through short term money problems.

For a list of food banks in Highland visit: www.blythswood.org/our-foodbanks/ or www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/ 

A range of professionals including doctors, health visitors, social workers and Citizens Advice can refer you to a food bank if you wish.

Community fridge

You might have a “Community fridge” near you where you can donate food or pick food up from. One example in Muir of Ord is linked to a range of other sustainable community food activities including advice on food growing and recipes. For more information, visit: www.moofood.org

Money advice

For money advice visit www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk. This site has information on everything from benefits to budgeting to debt advice.

More locally you can advice on these areas and much more from Citizens Advice Scotland. www.cas.org.uk. Use the website or put your location into the search bar at the top for an office near you.