Hackney was the site of the original pilots for Rose Vouchers back in 2014. Over the last year we have continued to work with Ridley Road Market where our original project traders are still involved in the scheme. In late 2017 we also welcomed one market trader from Hoxton Street Market.

This trader has quickly become popular with families at Comet Children’s Centre which is close to the market. Comet has also set up a monthly food co-op with the help of St Hilda's Community Centre that has also proved hugely popular. 

Families who attended our evaluation sessions in October 2017 told us that the scheme really helped them to save money on their weekly shop. Not only did the vouchers provide extra income but shopping at the market meant they saved money on the rest of their weekly shop, with one family revealing they are now saving over £30 per week!

“Before the fruit basket was empty, now it’s always full.”

The parents also talk about feeling healthier and happier as a result of the project and in some cases, identifying specific health benefits that they attribute to the change in their diet.

“We both got through flu this year for the first time without any trips to A&E. For the first time in my son's life he fought it off with his own defences - his immune system must have improved.”

In March 2017 we expanded the scheme to Linden Children’s Centre and we have plans to expand further in 2018.