The C-Card scheme gives young people (aged 13 to 24) easy access to free condoms from ‘C-Card outlets’ (youth clubs, colleges and other community youth services). Once registered for the scheme, young people are given a card, which they can use at any C-Card outlet in Camden, Islington or any other borough that participates in the London wide scheme. When young people attend a service to access condoms, they are encouraged to discuss safe condom use and other sexual health issues with a staff member who has received appropriate training. They are also offered a ‘self-test’ for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea, and are informed about the local network of sexual health clinics.
How effective is it?
In 2015/16 we provided training and support to staff in 40 C-Card outlets throughout Camden and Islington. As a result, 2,153 young people
were registered with the C-Card scheme in the two boroughs, and 1,629 young people attended more than once for condoms. In addition, 70 young people accessed Chlamydia/Gonorrhea screening at a C-Card site.
How can my service become a C-Card Outlet?
To become a C-Card outlet, one or more of your staff members will have to attend to one of our C-Card training sessions to learn some basics about sexual health and how to talk to young people about it. Your staff and service will also get ongoing support from one of our C-Card coordinators.