Early Start Programme

Kindly sponsored by Lions Clubs International

Kindly sponsored by Lions Clubs International

Our Early Start Programme protects vulnerable children living with medical conditions or allergies. Sponsored by Lions Clubs International, the programme provides free MedicAlert membership until their 10th birthday, along with a medical ID.  

To celebrate The MedicAlert Foundation's 55th year, we are adding £1 for every £2 raised by Lions Clubs across the UK.

"MedicAlert provides peace of mind when I'm not with my son. It is potentially lifesaving to have his medical needs on him." - Joseph's mum

How it works

The Lions Early Start Programme offers free membership every year for your child, up until their 10th birthday.

Membership provides your child with a personal online record to securely store their medical information, including their medical conditions, allergies, medications, history, emergency contacts and scanned documents, alongside directives or precautions to ensure no time is lost in an emergency.

Your child will also receive their first item of medical ID jewellery for free.

The disc on their jewellery will be engraved with their most vital information, their unique membership number and our 24/7 emergency helpline, so that first responders can access your child’s full record if necessary.


Who can apply?

Any child living in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland under the age of 10 is eligible for this programme. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please note

Places for the scheme are limited and may not always be available due to funding. You may be placed on a waiting list if no spaces are available at the time of your application.

If you are a healthcare professional and believe a young patient under 10 would benefit from our Early Start Programme, please recommend their guardian reaches out to us

Providing peace of mind

Almost 400 vulnerable children have been supported by the Early Start Programme in the last 3 years alone.


Maya was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when she was just over a year old. Since then, she's also been diagnosed with a peanut allergy.



When Joshua reacted to homemade food containing cashews, his parents seemed a way to keep him safe should he have another reaction.


Read more

Early Start children and their parents tell us how MedicAlert membership has been invaluable, proving peace of mind and comfort every day.


Application Form

To sign your child up to this scheme, simply fill in our form below.

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